In honour of Plastic Free July, I thought I’d share some of the lunches I’ve made for my children in their stainless steel lunch boxes. Long-time readers may remember when I shared about reusable sandwich and snack bags – I’m still using the same ones nearly three years later, plus more that my mum made for me from food-grade BPA-free cotton laminate. Imagine how many plastic bags that could have been used just once and then disposed of in that time?
Last week when I put my son’s lunchbox in the fridge at his kindy, I saw a transparent lunchbox belonging to another child in there. It had half a cake of dry 2-minute noodles and a white cheesy-bacon bread roll. I know parents are busy, stressed out and time-poor, and perhaps his/her parents maybe aren’t aware that these foods are nutritionally void – somewhere along the way society has compromised the health of our children in the name of convenience. I don’t know what that child had for breakfast or dinner that day. I hope it was nutritious and life-giving.
My children do not have perfect diets. I don’t even know what a perfect diet in the 21st Century looks like – I’m still figuring that one out. But they do have parents who are nutritionally literate because we choose to be, and we do not rely on advertising and marketing to tell us what to eat or how to feed our children. When it comes to packed lunches, it would be easy to throw a whole lot of little packets into a lunchbox, slapped together with a sandwich. But I know enough about health and life to know that the best foods for us don’t have barcodes. I see packed lunches as opportunities to nourish my children, not just fill their tummies.
Here are some of the yummy lunches I have made my children recently. At an estimate, 90%+ of the food in our house is organic, and 100% is free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives, so the contents below are also. My two children have wildly different tastes, so sometimes the two lunchboxes in each picture are similar and sometimes they are entirely different. These lunchboxes (Lunchbots is the brand), do not show their complete lunches. They also have other things on the side, such as yoghurt.