Sustainable School Lunch – Early October

October 10th, 2015 - filed under: The Food » Food and Health

Hellooooo autumn! Er, I mean . . . hello? Autumn? Hmmm . . .

Okay so it’s not quite acting like autumn around here. We’re still getting temps in the high 80s and even into the 90s, and our local produce is still pouring in like it’s midsummer. I’m not complaining though. Farmer’s Market strawberries in October? Yes please!

So here’s what our weather-crazy California lunches have been looking like lately:

healthy vegan school lunch

  • Tofu shapes! Waits loves these – Jeremy makes a nooch-battered pan-fried tofu recipe, and cuts the pieces in star wars themed shapes. These were left over from a beach dinner picnic the night before. ♥ Sent in the Steeltainer compact container.
  • Organic cucumbers and local CSA carrots, in our super-cute “Aqua Elephant” Lunch Skins reusable baggie.
  • A gluten-free blueberry muffin from our favorite gluten-free vegan bakery in LA. We were able to stock up recently when Jeremy picked me up at LAX, so now we have a freezer stockpiled with all the gluten-free goodness!
  • Local organic CSA strawberries with organic hemp seeds, sent in the ECOlunchbox Eco Dipper.
  • Oat milk in the Klean Kanteen 12-ounce stainless steel sport top.


healthy vegan lunchbox

  • Organic cucumbers and kalamata olives (two of his favorites) in the Steeltainer compact container, with the rarely-used divider insert.
  • Local organic CSA grapes in the ECOlunchbox Eco Dipper.
  • The new Daiya yogurt! Cherry flavor. We’ve tried all the flavors and Waits loves them all. I’m so-so on my feelings about these yogurts — I like that they have probiotics and that he likes them, and I like that they are higher in protein than other vegan yogurts. But, they are essentially just starch and gums and fillers with flavoring, and not much actual real food. So I’ll buy them occasionally, but they’re not my first choice for vegan yogurts.
  • Sandwich time. This one was grilled tofu with Vegenaise and red leaf lettuce, sent in the Lunch Skins full-size sandwich bag in “Tangerine Orange”.
  • Oat milk as always, in the Klean Kanteen 12-ounce stainless steel sport top.


vegan healthy school lunch

  • Burrrrito, made with Taco Tuesday leftovers (refried pinto beans, grilled peppers + onions, black olives) sent in the ECOlunchbox oval.
  • Small container of Magic Beans leftover from dinner with my godparents, in the little tupperware they sent us home with.
  • Gluten-free blueberry muffin.
  • Organic cucumbers and organic CSA strawberries in the Steeltainer compact container, again with the divider insert.
  • Water in his Klean Kanteen 12-ounce stainless steel sport top.


eco vegan school lunch

  • Peanut butter filled pretzels in our Steeltainer compact container.
  • Taco! Blue corn taco with refried beans and vegan cheese, cut in half and sent in the small-size Lunch Skins in “Aqua Elephant”.
  • Sliced kiwi fruit in the ECOlunchbox Eco Dipper.
  • Another Daiya yogurt, strawberry I think it was.
  • Water in his Klean Kanteen 12-ounce stainless steel sport top. We switched to water mid-week because he wasn’t drinking the oat milk and I felt like too much was being wasted. It’s better for hydrating in this crazy heat, anyways.


eco-friendly school lunch

  • Ahhh, the new Kite Hill yogurt. Now this stuff is great. Delicious, rich, and REAL. Almond-based but with much more protein than other almond milk yogurts (I think because they use the whole almonds and not just the milk). The ingredients list is quite short, so yeah — this is my new fave vegan yogurt!
  • Magic Beans with kidney beans this time, in the Steeltainer compact container.
  • Herbed popcorn in the extra-large ECOlunchbox oval.
  • Local organic CSA grapes in the ECOlunchbox Eco Dipper.
  • Water in the Klean Kanteen 12-ounce stainless steel sport top.


And there it is, another week of healthy, vegan, eco-friendly lunches. As I finish this post up, I am sitting on my couch and it is 90 degrees in my living room. Autumn? Any time now. Please?

Until next time. ♥


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  • Bianca

    I haven’t seen the Daiya or Kite Hill yogurts around here, but I really want to try both!! Also, I had to click the link to see what Magic Beans are, and now I want some.

  • Krystal Rose

    Im loving everyone of your school lunch posts !! Thankyou for sharing XX

  • Rebecca Carnes

    I’m going to keep my eye out for the Kite Hill yogurt!! Ps school is nut free :( so will have to be for breakfast or an at home snack… he loves yogurt. Love these ideas – especially the Star Wars shaped Tofu;)

  • Lizzil

    Any chance you will share the nooch battered pan fried tofu recipe? It sounds divine!

  • Sonja Hilton

    I wanted to know if you use a certain oat milk brand or if you have a recipe and make your own? I always look forward to reading your new posts! Thank you!

  • Angie

    I really appreciated these posts. My little guy’s lunches look very similar and I often worry…is his food too processed? Is he getting enough greens? Is he getting enough protein? It helps to know there is balance abounding.

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