"the New York State Department of Conservation has estimated that a child taking a disposable lunch to school generates an average of 67 pounds of trash per school year."
- To save time in the mornings, pack lunches the night before and store them in the fridge. Also get the kids involved. My six year old helps put everything in the lunch box, where as the twelve years olds make their own lunch. This is great in two ways; having the younger ones help teaches them responsibility and the importance of a nutritious lunch and the older ones doing for themselves saves you some time.
- Make the most out of your left-overs. We often turn a dinner from the night before into a healthy lunch for the next day. The kids like having something different than the same old sandwich day after day.
"the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey’s estimate that 16 percent of children and adolescents ages 6-19 years are overweight."
- Fresh fruits and vegetables. Kids should be eating 3-4 servings of dark green, red, and orange vegetables and 2-3 servings of fruit daily. Try finding recipes that you can add fruits or vegetables into.
- Yogurt and cheese. Kids should be eating 2-3 servings of dairy products daily. When packing keep these items closest to the icepack to avoid spoiling.
"Children who eat well and exercise regularly experience less fatigue, more energy, and better concentration. They are more fit for sports and other physical activities, and they have lower obesity rates."With just a little thought and planning we can pack lunches that create less waste and are healthier for our children. It's also important to get our children involved. Talk to them about the changes in their lunches, whether it's the food or the packaging. Teach them about reducing waste to help the earth and how eating nutritious meals helps their minds and bodies.