We love this protein-packed Pumpkin Spice Dip recipe that Rachel shared with us!! Rachel is one of the very talented students that has worked with Meghan Telpner, for more healthy recipes check out her cookbooks and blog! Meghan may even have a healthy pumpkin spice latte on her blog;)
Tis the season…for getting up early, rushing around and getting the kids out the door with healthy lunches in hand. As a mama of 2 I GET IT! I understand why there are SO many rich companies getting rich off of us busy mamas by selling us prepackaged foods read to throw into a lunch box. Unfortunately there are some problems when feeding our kids these pre-packaged lunches. Check out some of the nutritional downfalls of a popular pre-packed lunch item in Michael F. Jacobson’s Huffington Post Blog. They are not the most appetizing facts. Better yet-just grab a pre-packed grocery store item and look at the never ending list of ingredients. After feeding my kids fresh produce, homemade grains, organic meats and homemade snacks I can’t imagine what a Lunchables would do to their systems! The other downfall-THE GARBAGE! Oh. My. Goodness. It is disgusting to see the amount of waste that one class can produce during lunch (trust me-I used to be a teacher). It seems like everything is coming prepackaged these days, even crackers! Last year at a seminar I found out that the average elementary student produces 67 lbs of lunch waste a year! My other beef? Cost. I was at the grocery store yesterday and there was a sale on prepacked fruit (in those horrible plastic containers). It was $3 for 6 5 oz containers (that is the size of a Wean Bowl). I bought a bag of apples for $4.00. With that bag of apples, I can cut them up into the same cute size and fill about 10 5oz containers! Grades of Green has a little break down on the cost/garbage analysis, check it: So, now that you know WHY I want to pack LitterLESS Lunches lets put the challenge out there. I am planning on making sure my kids have a LitterLESS Lunch every day of the 2013/14 school year. Don’t think you can do the full year with me? Try doing Grades of Green Trash Free Tuesdays! It is a great starting point for building a great habit and teaching our kids we care about the environment. Who is with me? Let us know in the comments what you packed and how you made it litterLESS. Every month we are going to choose 1 person from the comments of this post and send a LitterLESS Lunch prize pack (will include lots of goodies from our other friends that make cool products).
Back 2 School means bagged lunches for most children. It is astonishing how much trash is created from just 1 child every year! Our Back 2 School guide gives you some awesome recipes for filling your Wean Green containers and shares some of our little facts about school waste. a Rafflecopter giveaway
It takes approximately 20 seconds to put our food into take out containers. As the packaging can remain in our landfills forever, how can that possibly be considered convenient?! 3 things you can do to fill your stomach, but not the landfill: ReFuse Unnecessary Stuff When taking out, refuse the unnecessary packaging! Think about the containers, spoons, forks, straws, and napkins that you get served (why do they give you enough for a family of 20 when eating alone?). Ask yourself, “Do I really need all of this?”, “Am I going to be eating this right away?” (If so, why take the bag or the napkins?). ReTake Your Own Reusables Bring your own reusables (BYOR) and you won’t need to use the can – garbage, that is. Bring your own containers (like Wean Green), straws, cutlery, mugs, bottles and bag – check out this Guide for ideas on how to pack eco-delicious lunches – http://bit.ly/uqCZxG . ReConsider Your Habits It’s easy to fall into a routine, so why not create a new one? Reconsider and readjust your habits and adopt healthier eating strategies – it might be challenging at first – but it will save you time, money, your health, and our world. The bonus? You’ll feel like an eco-hero and will inspire others around you to follow suit. Together we can change the outrageous amount of unnecessary waste we create everyday as well as drastically reduce it. Take action and join the TakeOutWithOut Campaign (www.takeoutwithout.org). You can eat up and fill up, and leave our landfills alone.