Inspirational Lunches

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Looking for lunch inspiration? This presentation demonstrates that packing a lunch from home can be nutritious, waste-free, and fun!

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Inspirational Lunches

  1. 1. TIPS FOR PACKING WASTE-FREE LUNCHES By Amy Hemmert
  2. 2. Typical Lunch <ul><li>Main Course: Sandwich </li></ul><ul><li>Snack: Chips/Pretzels/popcorn </li></ul><ul><li>Dairy: Yogurt </li></ul><ul><li>Dessert: Candy/Cookies/Cereal Bars </li></ul><ul><li>Vegetable: Carrots/Celery </li></ul><ul><li>Drink: juice, fruit-flavored drink, milk, soda, water </li></ul>
  3. 3. Typical Lunch Packaging <ul><li>Disposable drink bottle, box, pouch, can, or carton </li></ul><ul><li>Brown bag or large plastic bag </li></ul><ul><li>Baggies, foil, plastic wrap </li></ul><ul><li>Prepackaged foods </li></ul><ul><li>Spoons and forks </li></ul><ul><li>Paper napkins </li></ul><ul><li>Straws </li></ul><ul><li>Peels </li></ul>
  4. 4. “ Throw away”… Where is AWAY? <ul><li>Landfill </li></ul><ul><li>Incinerator </li></ul><ul><li>Recycle Center </li></ul><ul><li>Compost </li></ul><ul><li>Litter </li></ul>Where does all that lunch waste go?
  5. 5. But this is not sustainable. <ul><ul><ul><li>Costs more </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Requires more gas for trucks to drive a longer distance </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>More trucks equals more pollution </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Trucks cause wear and tear on roads </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Landfills fill up and we have to find space for new ones farther away from where we live. </li></ul>
  6. 6. And we’re throwing away good stuff. <ul><ul><li>Making stuff requires resources: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Water </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fuel </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Minerals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Trees </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Other? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Do your part. Pack a waste-free lunch. <ul><li>Durable lunchbox </li></ul><ul><li>Reusable food containers </li></ul><ul><li>Refillable drink bottle </li></ul><ul><li>Stainless fork and spoon </li></ul><ul><li>Cloth napkin </li></ul>
  8. 8. Take it a step further… <ul><li>Pack a lunch that you can truly enjoy! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fresh </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seasonal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Locally grown </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delicious! </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Make it fun! <ul><li>Attractive Colors </li></ul><ul><li>Appealing Textures </li></ul><ul><li>Pleasing Shapes </li></ul><ul><li>Manageable Sizes </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate Portions </li></ul><ul><li>Dips, Dressings, and Condiments </li></ul><ul><li>Seasonal Specialties </li></ul><ul><li>Nutritional Balance </li></ul>
  10. 10. Inspirational Lunches <ul><li>Baked Pasta </li></ul><ul><li>Artichoke Bruschetta </li></ul><ul><li>Tamari-roasted Cashews </li></ul><ul><li>Spinach Salad </li></ul>
  11. 11. Inspirational Lunches <ul><li>Organic Field Greens Salad </li></ul><ul><li>Dates </li></ul><ul><li>Sushi Rolls </li></ul><ul><li>Baby Carrots </li></ul>
  12. 12. Inspirational Lunches <ul><li>Yogurt </li></ul><ul><li>Organic Grapes </li></ul><ul><li>Trail Mix </li></ul><ul><li>Baby Carrots </li></ul>
  13. 13. Inspirational Lunches <ul><li>Watermelon </li></ul><ul><li>Whole Wheat Banana Bread </li></ul><ul><li>Salmon Stuffed Avocado </li></ul><ul><li>Sugar Snap Peas </li></ul>
  14. 14. Inspirational Lunches <ul><li>Organic Cherries </li></ul><ul><li>Baby Carrots </li></ul><ul><li>Ranch Dressing </li></ul><ul><li>Whole Wheat Crackers </li></ul><ul><li>Mixed Unsalted Nuts </li></ul>
  15. 15. Inspirational Lunches <ul><li>Papaya </li></ul><ul><li>Blueberries </li></ul><ul><li>Vegetable Pancake </li></ul><ul><li>Assorted Cheeses </li></ul><ul><li>Chiabatta Bread </li></ul>
  16. 16. Inspirational Lunches <ul><li>Vegetable Gyoza </li></ul><ul><li>Soy Sauce </li></ul><ul><li>Steamed Rice </li></ul><ul><li>Edamame </li></ul><ul><li>Hum Bao </li></ul><ul><li>Ginger Snaps </li></ul>
  17. 17. Inspirational Lunches <ul><li>Hummus </li></ul><ul><li>Whole Wheat Crackers </li></ul><ul><li>Blueberries </li></ul><ul><li>Sugar Snap Peas </li></ul><ul><li>Cherry Tomatoes </li></ul><ul><li>Sliced Cucumbers </li></ul>
  18. 18. Inspirational Lunches <ul><li>Organic Grapes </li></ul><ul><li>Whole Wheat Crackers </li></ul><ul><li>Fresh Green Beans </li></ul><ul><li>Lowfat Cheddar Cheese </li></ul>
  19. 19. Inspirational Lunch Ideas <ul><li>Blintzes </li></ul><ul><li>Somoza </li></ul><ul><li>Fresh Strawberries </li></ul>
  20. 20. Inspirational Lunch Ideas <ul><li>Spelt Pretzels </li></ul><ul><li>Fresh Figs </li></ul><ul><li>Hard-boiled Eggs </li></ul><ul><li>Garden Tomatoes </li></ul>
  21. 21. Inspirational Lunch Ideas <ul><li>Chili </li></ul><ul><li>Garden Salad </li></ul><ul><li>Corn Bread </li></ul><ul><li>Dates </li></ul>
  22. 22. Inspirational Lunch Ideas <ul><li>Strawberries </li></ul><ul><li>Green Grapes </li></ul><ul><li>Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce </li></ul><ul><li>Green Salad </li></ul>
  23. 23. Inspirational Lunch Ideas <ul><li>Melon Balls </li></ul><ul><li>Cheese Fingers </li></ul><ul><li>Tortilla Bats </li></ul><ul><li>Potato Ghosts </li></ul><ul><li>Eye Ball Cupcake </li></ul>
  24. 24. Inspirational Lunches <ul><li>Veggie Balogna </li></ul><ul><li>Fresh Carrot </li></ul><ul><li>Steamed Artichoke </li></ul><ul><li>Fresh Apricot </li></ul>
  25. 25. Inspirational Lunches <ul><li>Almond Butter and Apricot Jam Sandwich </li></ul><ul><li>Sugar Snap Peas </li></ul><ul><li>Fresh Cherries </li></ul><ul><li>Hard-boiled Egg </li></ul>
  26. 26. Inspirational Lunches <ul><li>Field Greens Salad </li></ul><ul><li>Sliced Oranges </li></ul><ul><li>Veggie Roll-up </li></ul><ul><li>Pan-fried Sweet Potatoes </li></ul>
  27. 27. Inspirational Lunches <ul><li>Peanut Butter and Jelly on Matzo </li></ul><ul><li>Fennel Salad </li></ul><ul><li>Cashews </li></ul><ul><li>Dried Cranberries </li></ul><ul><li>Dried Pears </li></ul><ul><li>Air-popped Popcorn </li></ul>
  28. 28. Inspirational Lunch Ideas <ul><li>Garden Salad </li></ul><ul><li>Pasta with Pesto </li></ul><ul><li>Cucumber Tomato Salad </li></ul><ul><li>Tangerines and Raisins </li></ul>
  29. 29. Inspirational Lunch Ideas <ul><li>Mexican-style Torta </li></ul><ul><li>Tortilla Chips </li></ul><ul><li>Grapes and Strawberries </li></ul><ul><li>Fresh Carrots </li></ul>
  30. 30. Inspirational Lunches <ul><li>Crab Cake </li></ul><ul><li>Mixed Greens Salad </li></ul><ul><li>Sliced Pear </li></ul><ul><li>Sushi Roll </li></ul>
  31. 31. Inspirational Lunches <ul><li>Chef Salad </li></ul><ul><li>Red and Green Grapes </li></ul><ul><li>French Bread </li></ul>
  32. 32. Inspirational Lunches <ul><li>Rice </li></ul><ul><li>Tortilla Chips </li></ul><ul><li>Refried Beans </li></ul><ul><li>Fresh Strawberries </li></ul>
  33. 33. Inspirational Lunches <ul><li>Asparagus Frittata </li></ul><ul><li>Orange Slices </li></ul><ul><li>Caesar Salad </li></ul>
  34. 34. Inspirational Lunches <ul><li>Fresh Strawberries </li></ul><ul><li>Banana Bread </li></ul><ul><li>Breakfast Burrito </li></ul><ul><li>Fresh Carrot </li></ul>
  35. 35. Inspirational Lunches <ul><li>Broiled Fish </li></ul><ul><li>Green Salad </li></ul><ul><li>Whole Grain Crackers </li></ul><ul><li>Baby Carrots </li></ul><ul><li>Orange Slices </li></ul>
  36. 36. Inspirational Lunches <ul><li>Buckwheat Pasta Salad </li></ul><ul><li>Goldfish Crackers </li></ul><ul><li>Dried Fruit </li></ul><ul><li>Fresh Kiwi </li></ul><ul><li>Steamed Broccoli </li></ul><ul><li>Steamed Carrots </li></ul>
  37. 37. About wastefreelunches.org <ul><li>For Schools, Teachers, Parents, Environmental Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>The Waste-free Lunchbox Pamphlet </li></ul><ul><li>Links to Important Web Sites </li></ul><ul><li>Success Stories </li></ul><ul><li>How To </li></ul>

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