Nut-Free School Lunch Ideas – Fun With Lunch Series

Nut Free School Lunch Ideas

Have a little fun with your kids lunches this year.  You don’t have to spend hours creating beautiful Bento Boxes that look like Hello Kitty to make them fun.  Your kids will love the little touches and I promise, you can do this in less than 5 minutes! With an increased awareness of nut allergies, many classrooms and schools are going nut-free for everyone.  I know that my daughter's class is completely nut-free (a few children in her class have nut-allergies) and it can be challenging to find things they will eat that comply with the nut-free zone.  As a mom who loves peanut butter, it hurts to have to spend a little extra money on peanut-free butters - but the lives of the other children are worth more than those few dollars.  I'm thankful that I don't have to stress out about my child being exposed to nuts in the classroom because it only takes one small encounter for an allergic child to have a reaction that could be fatal. Note: Some of the products featured in this post ... [ Read More ]

Waste-Free Lunch Containers – Fun With Lunch Series

Eco-Friendly Lunch Boxes @TheEcoChic

Have a little fun with your kids lunches this year.  You don't have to spend hours creating beautiful Bento Boxes that look like Hello Kitty to make them fun.  Your kids will love the little touches and I promise, you can do this in less than 5 minutes! In the first part of this series I'm sharing some of my favorite waste-free lunch containers. Note: Some of the products featured in this post have been sent to me free for review.  Others I have purchased myself. I'm sharing them with you because I reach for these first before anything else in my collection. Waste-Free Lunch Containers: Let's talk about the containers for a minute because the container alone can make for a fun lunch.  Laptop Lunches (affiliate link) are a complete Bento Box system with one large box with the 5 smaller boxes inside.  I love that they have both closed containers and containers that are open. They even have a tiny container that is perfect for sauces or dressings. Another great container ... [ Read More ]

My Boy and His Waste-Free Munchler

Meadow Muchler

In honor of my son's first week back to school I have dedicated the entire week to Waste-Free Lunches!  This week will feature great tips for sending your child off to school while treading lightly on the Earth.  When parents go school shopping they are really good about getting their child a brand new lunch box but what goes inside the box?  Single use baggies, aluminum foil, waxed paper, pre-packaged & individual serving snacks and meals, disposable forks & spoons, paper napkins, juice pouches...you get the picture!  It is estimated that the average elementary school age child produces 67 lbs of waste per year from disposable lunches alone!  These disposable items aren't cheap on the pocket book either!  Here are some tips to help reduce your grocery bill and your footprint! 1.  Purchase a durable, reusable lunch box.  The days of paper bags are long gone, your child wants a cool and hip reusable lunch box or bag!  Check out one of my sons new lunch bags, the Meadow ... [ Read More ]

Eco-Bummer!

I was so excited about this school year (being my sons first year in Elementary School) that I went and bought him a new lunchbox that hooks onto his backpack.  We bought it months ago and surprised him with it the week before school started.  I have been very curious about the bento box systems that are on the market these days too.  I thought I had found a solution to make his traditional lunchbox a bento box.  Laptop Lunches sells their inside containers individually without the outer box (even with the warning that they shouldn't be used without the outer box).  I carefully measured my sons lunchbox and the inside containers would fit perfectly.  So I ordered 2 sets (so we always have one clean) and I just opened the box.  I'm so disappointed!!!  The kits only have one lid for four containers.  I guess the way the actual system works the outer box acts as a lid for the others.  And...you can't even order individual lids.  On their website they explain why the no lids works for ... [ Read More ]