Sustainable School Lunch – Late Winter (well, California winter)

March 27th, 2016 - filed under: The Food » Food and Health

Hello All! It’s time for another round of healthy, vegan, seasonal, local, and most of all – EASY – kid’s school lunches packed in reusable, sustainable, and eco-friendly containers. Because geeze, #momlife!

And who knew that packing up lunches would become such a pure little pleasure for me? It may sound strange, but I truly do enjoy those quiet moments in the kitchen, late at night after Waits has gone to bed, with a podcast on and alone in my thoughts, preparing a nutritious and delicious little lunch for my weegan. It only takes me a short time, probably 10 minutes or less, and I try to use as much fresh local/seasonal food as possible (easier to do here in California, I know).

I also make sure to include a healthy dose of plant-based protein. Overall my lunches usually follow the formula: plant protein/main dish + veggie side + fruit side + and some sort of energy-dense side, like carby chips or pretzels, or fatty nuts or seeds. It’s a solid equation that seems to be working well so far, and having those loose guidelines really helps me to be able to crank out lunches on the quick, which is important for a busy working mama like myself.

So anyway, here’s what a handful of our lunches have looked like over this past winter:

vegan healthy lunch


vegan school lunch


healthy homemade vegan lunch

  • Cinnamon almonds in an inherited plastic mini container (brand unknown).
  • Snap peas from our local organic CSA, washed and trimmed and sent in the smallest Kids Konserve stainless steel nesting trio.
  • Leftover baked tofu cubes and oven-baked potato “chips”, in the Thinkbaby bento.
  • Oat milk in the pretty blue Klean Kanteen 12-ounce stainless steel sport top.


eco vegan lunch


eco friendly kids school lunch


healthy school lunch


And there you have it — another round of healthy, seasonal, plant-powered and eco-friendly lunches. Winter is finally over, spring has sprung, and just this week we received the very first strawberries of the season in our CSA box! Waits was pretty stoked, and I’m also looking forward to the coming bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Viva la spring!

Until next time. ♥


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  • Amey Mathews

    what a cool post. packing a lunch that is appetizing and relatively easy and healthy seems like such a huge task in parenting. It looks like you do such a great job, and I love that you are so committed to a zero/low waste approach to packed lunches. Good for you! I almost always get to eat lunch at home, and I also almost always eat leftovers from the night before. I know all about making extra dinner just to have leftovers. That’s the only way to go!

  • lysette

    I forgot about your Magic Beans recipe! These lunches look so well balanced, I should be applying this method to my own meals. The tin containers are great too, in theory I like glass but it’s so heavy.

  • Claudia

    Thank you for posting where you got these items! I do have a question (and I know it somewhat depends on the child), but does/has Mr Weegan lost his lunch things? Not necessarily the metal portions, but the pouches, or reusable zippered lunch skins?

  • Bianca Phillips

    I really need to get some of those reusable baggies for my own work lunches! I used to be good about at least washing and reusing plastic baggies. But here lately, I’ve become a lazy failure at that. I need to be better!

  • Rebecca Carnes

    Can you please just make Phoenyx’s lunches for me too?? LOL I need to get in the habit of making them at night – its always a mad rush of tossing what we have into his lunch containers before running out the door :/ And leftovers are huge in our house… I do have a question about salads: How did you get Waits to eat them? P does great ( mostly ) with veggies and we do daily green smoothies, but Id love for him to actually eat greens in their natural form:)

  • Courtney

    This makes me look forward to being able to pack my lunches again! Delicious!

  • Sonja

    So inspiring! Although I don’t have kids I find your pics of Waits’ lunch so inspiring for my own lunch which I bring to work (in bigger sizes, obviously) :-)