I’m kind of a crunchy, granola chic. I do my best to follow the philosophy of “reduce, reuse, recycle”. We follow “green” practices for our yard. I’m kind of uptight about short showers, turning off electronics, and walking when we can. Heck, I even work for a company whose mission is to help organizations promote environmental causes, especially clean water and water conservation.
And I’ve always been proud of the fact that my children (and Beer Geek) have always packed lunches in reusable containers. (Yes, my husband carries a cloth lunch bag with his sandwich, apple, and snack in cloth sandwich bags.)
This is what typical lunches look like in our house: thermos of milk, sandwich, fruit in a plastic BPA-free container, and yogurt or pretzels.
And he asked to not have to deal with a lunch box so that he doesn’t have to go back to his locker after lunch.
It’s breaking my lil’ green heart but I agreed. (He also is in a non-sandwich phase.)
Here’s what I sent his first day of school:
But as it turns out, that didn’t work for him either. He said the banana got smooshed (they have teeny lockers) and the cheese melted and the yogurt tasted funny.
So, what’s a mom to do? This is what he’s currently eating (I refrigerated it all overnight and that’s keeping the cheese cold enough):
Do you see what I”m seeing? Too much carbs, too much processed food.
Here’s where I need your help! And in exchange, someone will win a really cool pack from the “Rock the Lunchbox” campaign from Honest Tea, Annie’s Homegrown, Stonyfield, and Organic Valley.
Here’s what you’d win: a reusable lunchsack, carton of HONEST Kids (8 pouches), Annies products and coupons for free products from Stonyfield Farm and Organic Valley.
Mandatory entry: Help me with Jones’ lunch! Give me some ideas for a more balanced lunch, link me to a protein powder cookie recipe, heck, even just commiserate! (Jones is allergic to nuts, so that’s not an option.)
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Disclaimer: Honest Tea provided some of the food in my pictures and will be providing the giveaway pack. All opinions are my own.