If you have a school-aged child, chances are you have been asked, at some point, to send your child with a completely disposable lunch.
For those of you who have kids enrolled in summer camps, you have also probably had this requested of you as they often go on weekly field trips.
Today I am going to share with you some tips on how to pack a completely disposable and recyclable lunch for these occasions.
If you need a fully disposable lunch, this will also mean that you can’t pack an ice pack, so everything you pack will need to be non-perishable.
Here are some non-perishable food ideas:
- Meat & cheese sandwich w/o mayonnaise
- Peanut butter sandwich with strawberry or banana slices
- Peanut butter & jelly sandwich
- Carrot sticks
- Celery sticks
- Grape tomatoes
- Broccoli florets
- Fruit Cups
- Applesauce cups
- String cheese (check out this post where the Chief MOM shows you how to pack string cheese in lunches)
- Yogurt tube (stick in the freezer overnight and it’ll be thawed by lunchtime)
- Bottled Water
- Juice Boxes
Then the question comes in of what to pack the lunch in. Some obvious solutions are a brown paper lunch bag, a gallon plastic zip bag, a plastic grocery bag, etc. But what if you want to pack items that you don’t want to be squished or bruised? The best solution I have come up with is saving those plastic clam-shell baskets that fresh fruit comes in.
I use a larger basket (pictured is a 2lb. strawberry basket) to hold everything and I use the smaller ones to hold sides (like blueberry/raspberry baskets). You could also pack side items in small paper cups that are covered with plastic wrap, or some items could be packed in a paper muffin cup liner. If you’re really feeling adventurous you can decorate the basket with duct tape or let your kids loose to decorate it- just for some added fun.
So when your child gets sent home with a note saying they are going to need a disposable field trip lunch, don’t stress! And whatever you do, do not run out and buy a pre-packaged lunch :).