We received containers to test out and to encourage others to reduce waste and go nude instead! On top of what we are doing, there is also a competition where schools can win a share in a prize pool worth $5,000! Full details at www.nudefoodday.com.au.
This October marks the 6th annual Nude Food Day event, which coincides with National Nutrition Week. We’ve made a commitment in our family to reduce wastage and be more conscious of how we pack food, what we consume along with rubbish produced through our habits.
Nude Food Movers combined with Nutrition Australia to encourage kids, parents and schools to pack healthy, rubbish free lunches and eliminate all unnecessary packaging that goes into schools. We decided to take it a step further and are actively avoiding rubbish everywhere we go.
1.) Pack fresh
My kids lunches consist of a sandwich or salad, fruit, cucumber sticks, carrots and occasionally yoghurt. We pack a lunch or snack like this anytime we go out so we aren’t buying takeaway everywhere we go. This saves us money and is better for the environment.
My kids are involved, selecting what they want in their lunches and learning about healthy food.
2.) Variety is the spice of life
Having the same food every day can get boring. We shop at the markets and eat in-season produce, plus experiment with recipes. Some suggestions of easy to pack and eat food:
Salad including lettuce, spinach, cabbage, grated carrot, cherry tomatoes, cucumber etc.
Salad wraps (with cold meats or boiled eggs if you like)
Capsicum, cucumber, celery, carrot or other vegetable sticks with dips like hummus
Cherry tomatoes on their own
Healthy muffins – we use natural, unsweetened yoghurt instead of butter, throw in lots of seeds, a mashed banana or other fruit, along with a bit of flour and some eggs. They are dense, protein packed and my kids love them.
Fruit such as berries, kiwi fruit, oranges, bananas, apples and pears
We tend not to eat much wheat, but others could do cheese and ham scrolls, pinwheels, cold pasta salad or similar.
3.) Be prepared
Plan ahead. We make a menu plan every week, my kids always know what their lunch options are and they pack accordingly. Our Nude Food Yoghurt pots are washed after every use and stored in the freezer, ready for the next time my kids take yoghurt.
The same goes for any trip we take, any days at the park, after school snacks or events we go to. We plan ahead, pack what we want to eat and save money as well as wastage.
In order to do this, we have a selection of containers for different purposes.
We were sent containers to try out, although to be clear, we already use Nude Food Movers so were happy to try these ones and recommend them. I can tell you now, the favourites were the yoghurt containers, the larger lunch box with 2 mini containers and 3 sections, along with the 3 pink screw together containers.
The Rubbish Free Lunch Box: this is great for all school kids. With 3 compartments and 2 extra containers we pack a salad, wrap or sandwich in the middle, crackers in one small container and vegetable sticks in another, then a piece of fruit and a muffin in the other section.
Snack Box: this is perfect for your handbag, car, in kids lunches or taking anywhere really. Pop in some nuts, crackers, vegetable sticks or a mix of dried fruit and nuts for a healthy snack on the go.
Pink Snack Tube: is 3 small containers which connect together. Fantastic for dip in one, vegetable sticks in another and crackers in the last one or for protein powder if you are on any.
Mini Rubbish Free Lunch Box: a smaller version of the Rubbish Free Lunch Box, you can fit a salad or sandwich in the main section, then use the two mini containers for crackers, nuts, berries, cherry tomatoes, vegetable sticks and similar healthy snacks. This one fits well in most of my handbags.
Yoghurt Mover: (pictured front row, in the middle). We make our own yoghurt with an Easi-Yo, which my kids love. We keep the Nude Food Mover Yoghurt Movers in the freezer then fill them up with yoghurt whenever we are going out. With the spoon spot attached to the container, it’s an all in one solution.
Sandwich Box: these are big enough to fit 2 sandwiches or 4 slices of bread with filling. Great for lunch on the go or for kids to take their sandwich to school instead of using plastic wrap or sandwich bags.
Drink bottles: keeping hydrated is important and we have multiple drink bottles on the go at any one time. These ones come in different sizes, catering to a variety of needs. We keep drink bottles filled up with water in the fridge so we can grab one as we are about to leave the house.
Lunch Box 1: this lunch box is an adult size box for garden salad, fruit salad, pasta salad and similar lunch options. Deep enough to hold a decent amount, it’s a great work lunch box option.
What containers does your family use regularly and what do you put in your kids lunches?