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How to Pack a Naked School Lunch Your Kids will Eat

How to Pack a Naked School Lunch Your Kids will Eat

Packing naked lunches is easier than you think, all you need is the right equipment and its quick to get started, here are a few tips to help

Here are 3 great tips on how to pack naked...

  1. Invest in a sturdy lunchbox, containers and drink bottle and fun shape cutters (great to shape fruit and veggies and make them fun) – a good box will see you through for a while without having to replace it every year. We really love the bento boxes as everything is compartmentalised, portion controlled and easy to use (there are lots to choose from too, pay attention to mum reviews online when buying one). These need to be easy to open, leak proof and importantly quick to clean. When purchasing equipment, if its plastic, check it’s BPA free or the stainless steel varieties are durable and safe too.
  2. Get your kids involved with making lunch. A healthy lunch-nude food reward chart is a great way to get started – this includes generating menu ideas, shopping and preparation. It’s a great way to teach them about food and instil positive food attitudes and importantly to educate them about looking after our environment. If they are involved in the process they are also likely to eat their lunch too. Always encourage them to bring home any uneaten food – this is a great way to gauge what they love to eat.
  3. Pack a balanced lunch – making sure each of the 5 food groups is represented including fruit, veggies, protein, whole grains and dairy. For snacks or treats it’s a great idea to buy a bulk pack like our Zero Bites and put in a small quantity rather than buy in individual packs.

Most of us struggle to keep up with competing daily demands and it is very easy to turn to processed food as it’s readily available, quick to prepare and convenient. The stats are alarming when you consider that processed food purchases have doubled in 70 years to 60% of family food purchases (source: Jamie’s Food Revolution). 

Single use packaging

One of the problems with the consumption of highly processed food is all the packaging that comes with it. Consider the massive impact this has on the humble school lunch. Every day parents are resorting to convenient lunch and snack options, each bought and packaged separately and packed into the lunch box. That is a pile of plastic. By packing nude food lunches you can positively contribute to the reduction of school lunch rubbish and help protect our environment. Did you know that 50% of rubbish in school bins comes from our kids’ food and drink packaging.

Getting kids involved early

There are many advantages in getting your child involved in making their own lunches and getting your child recycling and re-purposing from an early age

If children are actively involved in the household operations from an early age,they are thinking about consequences and the systemic nature of every day items instead of just taking them for granted.

Remember that every naked lunch counts – yours will too!

Zero Bites makes awesome additive free, lunchbox-friendly, on-the-go snacks - certified organic, kosher and vegan friendly too.

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