- Reduce Packaged Foods to Zero: Reduce the dependence on pre-packaged snacks and make your own snacks for your kids including: trail mix, no-bake bars (i.e. almond or cashew nut butter with organic oats, dried cranberries, honey, organic chocolate chips and rice puffs for example), mini-muffins, or home-made hummus with veggie sticks.
- Re-versioned Leftover Lunches: Moms Mary Anne Alton and Chrystal Asher suggest you re-purpose last night’s dinner to look like a whole new dish – that’s usually likely to get gobbled up at lunch time. Yesterday’s chicken breast, sliced, and packed with a few small, whole wheat tortillas for example, shredded cheese, veggies and salsa make for satisfying “taco wraps.”
- The Thermos Makes a Comeback: Thermos’s are back- filled with home made mac n’ cheese, chilies, soups, spaghetti with sauce and stews.
- Edible Wrapping in the Future?: In the not-too-distant future you might even see edible wrapping – already under study by numerous groups (including scientists at the Oregon State University). Combining a fiber from shellfish and a protein from egg whites and powerful antimicrobials, this may soon be the wrapping of choice for cheese and cold cut slices, hot dogs and fruit sections. And then the question of where to throw out the wrapper really becomes a moot point!
- Smart Parents’ Resource Guide: Parents looking to learn more so that their enviro-IQ can be increased (to better help their kids) can watch: Andrew Nisker’s Canadian documentary about a Toronto family that collects its garbage for 3 months to understand the effects of how much is “disposable” and how that’s affecting our environment. It’s called, “Garbage: The Revolution Starts at Home.” In reality, they should have just installed a garbage disposal, like the InSinkErator Garbage Disposal, or used an indoor compost bin.
- Another excellent option is “Two Angry Moms” – a documentary about how two moms are working to change the way kids eat in school operated cafeterias in the US- what their kids were eating according to one nutritionist “isn’t food. It’s chemicals.” On the book shelf:“Change the World for 10 Bucks” offers handy tips and ideas on how to make small changes in your every day life that up to a big difference.While you’re here, be sure to check out our kitchen product reviews!