You have had a busy day, it is been non-stop with school runs, work, cooking and cleaning but the children are finally fast asleep and you have a couple of hours to yourself before bedtime. Do you start preparing for the next day or do you (like me) think that tomorrow is another day and if I get up early enough I will have plenty of time putting out clothes, cooking porridge and prepare lunchboxes?
Most of us may feel that packing lunchboxes is a chore, and I must admit that I do most of the time. BUT I feel that it is also nice and important to make sure that my little ones go to school with a well balanced lunch that is yummy and reasonably healthy. And since I started to pack waste free lunches, a lunch that creates zero waste, lunchbox-packing has become a bit of challenge that I actually enjoy.
I keep thinking of new ways to pack food without using cling film, foil, plastic bags and convenience foods. I prepare bits for next day’s lunch whilst I cook dinner, chopping up extra carrots or cooking extra pasta or potatoes to use in a lunch salad. I make my own flavoured water that I try on the kids... and voila, all of a sudden a teaching assistant at my daughter’s school had said that she was impressed with her lunch and ‘when could she come for dinner?’ Well I know it is not that big a deal but all of a sudden lunchbox-packing just seems a little more exciting and enjoyable. Will you join the waste free challenge?