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Zero Waste Lunch Resources

Zero Waste Lunch Resources

A Waste-free Lunch:

In this scenario very little trash is generated because foods are bought in bulk or in larger packages. The packaging is left at home for reuse or recycling. Food waste also decreases because with a reusable lunch container, children can re-pack uneaten food instead of dumping it, packaging and all, into the school trash can.

  • sandwiches and other main dishes, fresh fruits and, fresh vegetables, and treats in a reusable lunch container or containers
  • cloth napkins
  • stainless-steel forks and spoons
  • reusable drink containers
  • reusable lunchboxes

Quick-reference Lunch Foods

Read this list with your children. Ask them to circle the foods they'd like to see in their lunchboxes. 

Breads Spreads & Condiments Fillings Fruits
(Dried and Fresh)

bagel
baguette
bread sticks
crackers
English muffin
focaccia
lavash bread
pita bread
pizza bread
rice cakes
rolls
sandwich bread
tortillas

almond butter
apple butter
avocado (mashed)
banana (mashed)
brie cheese
cashew butter
cream cheese (lowfat)
goat cheese
honey
hummus
jam (spreadable fruit)
ketchup
mayonnaise/mustard
peanut butter
pesto
pizza or tomato sauce
pumpkin butter

carrots (shredded)
cheese (lite/low-fat)
chicken
chicken salad
egg salad
hard boiled egg
nitrite-free hot dogs
lettuce
shrimp salad
sliced avocado
sliced cucumber
smoked salmon
sprouts
tofu
tuna salad

apples
apricots
Asian pears
avocado
bananas
blueberries
cherries
cranberries (dried)
dates
figs
mango
papaya
pears
prunes
raisins 

grapefruit
grapes
kiwi
melon
nectarines
orange sections
peaches
pineapple
plums
raspberries
strawberries
tomatoes 

 

  

Vegetables Treats Other Other Grains

asparagus
beets
bell peppers
bok choy
broccoli
Brussels sprouts
cabbage
carrots
cauliflower
celery
cucumbers
eggplant
green beans
green salad

lettuce
mushrooms
seaweed (nori, wakame, hijiki)
shelling peas
snap peas
soy beans (edamame)
spinach
squash
sweet potatoes
yams
zucchini

apple crisp
applesauce
baked chips with salsa
dried fruit
fruit bar
fruit leather
granola
homemade cookies
notes from home
popcorn
pretzels
stickers
trail mix
vanilla yogurt with fruit

baked tofu
bean burrito
cottage cheese with fruit
garlic toast
polenta with pizza sauce and cheese 

pasta
rice
couscous
oatmeal
bulghar 

 

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