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4 simple ways to pack a fast, healthy and eco-friendly lunchbox.

August 28th, 2014 by Annette

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One of the best ways to make sure your child is staying healthy throughout the day at school is to make a healthy lunch they can be excited about.

Here are 4 easy choices you can make toward a greener and healthier lunchbox your child will love and look forward to every day:

Ditch the sandwich bag. Rather than reaching for a flimsy plastic bag, choose a bento style box or sandwich wrapper that can be reused every day. There are lots of cool options out there that are safer for children and some are even made out of recycled materials. Look for No BPA, PVC and Phthalates.

Try a reusable water bottle for your child. Instead of packing a juice box everyday (which is added sugar and not so great for the environment) Choose a BPA free or glass bottle to help you and your family avoid toxic chemicals found in most plastic water bottles. Reusable water bottles are also great for an on-the-go lifestyle. My daughter loves hers and won’t go anywhere without it. The added bonus is that it’s easier for me to get her to drink more water.

 Check your lunchbox for lead. There has been some recent controversy about the amount of lead in children’s lunch boxes. So If you’re packing your child’s lunches in a soft vinyl lunch box, you’d be wise to check for lead. Lead is a dangerous neurotoxin that is particularly harmful to a young child’s developing brain and nervous system.

Prepare ready to eat finger foods. Prepping, slicing or peeling your child’s favorite fruits and veggies in advance offer ready to eat finger foods that are easy to grab and go and make sugary, processed foods a thing of the past.

Making small changes like these can make a positive impact on your child’s health and help reduce your carbon footprint. Plus, you save money. It’s a win-win for your child and the environment.

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