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  • Waste-free Lunches - Tips for Parents
    take a trip to your local landfill or recycling facility Find books on waste reduction at your local library or bookstore Read them together and discuss how these issues relate to your lives Discuss where foods come from and how much processing occurs before they get to your table Search your local preferably used bookstore for some good health oriented cookbooks including some with large color photographs that you can share with your children Read them together look at the photographs and ask your children to show you which recipes they find most appealing Make a shopping list together buy the necessary ingredients and give the recipes a try Pack the leftovers for lunch When eating out favor restaurants that use reusable plates cups and utensils Talk with your children about why you re making that choice If you don t finish your restaurant meal take it home in a reusable container that you ve brought from home instead of using the disposable container that restaurants offer Quick reference Lunch Foods Read this list with your children Ask them to circle the foods they d like to see in their lunchboxes Breads Spreads Condiments Fillings Fruits Dried and Fresh bagel baguette bread sticks crackers English muffin focaccia lavash bread pita bread pizza bread rice cakes rolls sandwich bread tortillas almond butter apple butter avocado mashed banana mashed brie cheese cashew butter cream cheese lowfat goat cheese honey hummus jam spreadable fruit ketchup mayonnaise mustard peanut butter pesto pizza or tomato sauce pumpkin butter carrots shredded cheese lite low fat chicken chicken salad egg salad hard boiled egg nitrite free hot dogs lettuce shrimp salad sliced avocado sliced cucumber smoked salmon sprouts tofu tuna salad apples apricots Asian pears avocado bananas blueberries cherries cranberries dried dates figs mango papaya pears prunes raisins grapefruit grapes kiwi melon nectarines orange sections peaches pineapple plums raspberries strawberries tomatoes Vegetables Treats Other Other Grains asparagus beets bell peppers bok choy broccoli Brussels sprouts cabbage carrots cauliflower celery cucumbers eggplant green beans green salad lettuce mushrooms seaweed nori wakame hijiki shelling peas snap peas soy beans edamame spinach squash sweet potatoes yams zucchini apple crisp applesauce baked chips with salsa dried fruit fruit bar fruit leather granola homemade cookies notes from home popcorn pretzels stickers trail mix vanilla yogurt with fruit baked tofu bean burrito cottage cheese with fruit garlic toast polenta with pizza sauce and cheese pasta rice couscous oatmeal bulghar Tips for Reducing Your Workload If you don t do so already try packing lunches the night before and keeping them in the refrigerator overnight Make your children responsible for adding the ice pack and placing their own lunchbox near the door or in the car Teach your older children how to make nutritious waste free lunches and then let them make their own lunches Older children can also be responsible for washing their reusable lunch containers or rinsing them and putting them in the dishwasher Children of all ages can take responsibility for

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  • Waste-free Lunches - Waste-free Lunch Lesson Plan
    immediately after the students eat lunch Tell them to keep all of their trash and lunch leftovers for the lesson 2 With a permanent pen mark six clear 30 gallon trash bags with the following categories and tape the bags to the wall or chalk board tray at the front of the classroom Categories paper plastic glass metal food other 3 Ask the students to sort their lunch trash and leftovers into the bags There will be lots in the paper and plastic bags probably nothing in the glass bag and the other bag should contain items such as combination materials candy wrappers with both plastic and aluminum coating plastic coated paper milk cartons etc 4 Look into each bag and decide whether the contents are properly sorted Don t single out misplaced items ie Who put this plastic lid in the glass bag but simply move it to the proper bag 5 Discuss how much of the contents of each bag could be recycled through the local recycling program if it were properly sorted 6 Discuss contamination 7 Discuss composting the contents of the food bag and which items could be included for composting 8 Suggest starting a compost pile on the school grounds Ask for a volunteer to take the contents of the food bag home to add to their home compost pile and encourage others to start a home compost pile This often leads to an additional lesson on how to start a compost pile 9 Discuss what the students still have left on their desk ie metal or plastic lunch box Tupperware or other reusable containers washable plastic lunchroom tray etc 10 Discuss how the students could change the way they pack their lunch or change their lunchroom choices to reduce waste Choose fresh fruit rather

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