Back to School Lunch: Do’s and Don’ts – terra20
Back to School Lunch: Do’s and Don’ts

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Make Great Bento Box Lunches - Avoid Prepackaged Foods 

Whether you call it "Red Light, Green Light," or "Go, No-Go," there are some kids' lunch basics we consider to be the bottom line.

Take the lunch on the left in the image above, for example, shown in one of our insulated sleeves.

This one would be a, "No, no, no, no, no, no, no..." as one of our friends said on looking at it. "I don't care if you do get a great deal buying these foods in bulk. You're setting your kids up for a lifetime of metabolic syndrome, including cardiovascular disease, T-2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, et cetera!"

It's true—they're full of sugar, salt, bad fats, GMOs, processed food, and pesticides.

And we also see a lot of single-use waste in these products. If it's bad for the planet, it's likely bad for us, too.

The lunch on the right, however, is composed of whole, real food, in the balance of nutrients and portions that kids need.



  • Roast beef on multigrain sandwich
  • Cheddar cheese packed with almond crackers
  • Cut veggies: carrots, celery and a radish
  • Cranberries
  • Cashews (or Sunflower seeds if your child has a nut allergy)
  • Strawberries and animal crackers

It may take a little extra effort and more time to prepare than doling out the single-use stuff. But in the long run, anything you save on money, time and effort now by feeding kids these foods will be paid for later on with illness.


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