Lunchbox ideas that are good for bodies and the environment
REDUCING waste is a challenge many families are grappling with and when it comes to food, it can seem like an impossible task.
Single-use plastic may be everywhere you turn in the supermarket, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few sneaky tricks families can use to dodge it.
Here are a few ways to pack delicious lunchbox snacks without expanding your environmental footprint.
1. Bliss balls
Head to a bulk food shop like The Scoop on Palmerin St and pick up a heap of ingredients without the plastic.
For bliss balls, medjool dates, oats, cashews, peanuts and goji berries all work a treat.
Pop them in a food processor, maybe with some peanut butter, honey and cocoa if you've got them, and blitz until you've got a desired consistency that sticks together in the shape of a ball.
Adjust the date and nut amounts to suit.
Roll them up and pop them in the fridge to set, then put two in a container for the children to have as a snack.
2. Mini frittata
Eggs come in cardboard (read: recyclable) packaging so use that to your advantage.
Boiling an egg can be a good snack on its own, but if you're feeling a bit fancy then take it a step further.
Grate some zucchini and carrot and mix them into the egg with some salt and pepper.
Spring onions also work well.
Pour the mixture into some muffin tins and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the frittata is firm to the touch.
3. Vegie sticks and fresh fruit
Ever noticed how some supermarkets still wrap plastic around fresh produce?
Head to a farmers markets, like the Warwick Farmers Market on Lyons St on Saturdays, to pick up vegetables and fruit without any plastic packaging.
Give carrots, celery and cucumber a good wash before cutting into strips and placing in a container.
The best thing about fruit is that it's good to go after a quick rinse and in the case of bananas, they don't even need that.
Avocados are in the family of produce that comes in its own natural packaging.
Smash up the flesh of one or two, it can be stored in the fridge for later, then add some salt, pepper and lemon juice.
Finely diced red onion, cherry tomatoes and mint are also great additions.
Use the guac as a dip for those vegie sticks you just made.