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Green Scene — Healthy Tips for GREAT Lunches

Green Scene

Written by Zoë and Edie McIntosh

Sick of making lunches yet?

This week we are going to give you some healthy tips for GREAT lunches! Hopefully you have your stainless steel or at least reusable containers (not plastic baggies or plastic wrap) and stainless steel water bottles.

Here are some of our favourite lunch foods:

  • Chopped up veggies and dip or hummus for protein

  • Salad - but don’t put the dressing on at home because the salad gets soggy! Yuck! Some of our favourite salads include green salad, kale salad, chickpea salad, caesar salad, bean salad, potato salad, pasta salad… many yummy salads!

  • Leftovers are another favourite - whatever your family loves to eat just make extra so that they can have it again for lunch (homemade pizza, rice, pasta, meat (roast, steak, chicken etc…) made into sandwiches the next day (tempeh or tofu for our vegetarian and vegan friends)

  • Cheese and crackers - a classic, add some cut apple slices too!

  • Nachos and salsa or hummus and pretzels

Be sure to also eat at least one serving of fruit each day - we like it when the fruit is chopped up with a drop of lemon to keep it from going brown before we get to it and sent with a fork from home - but NO plastic forks please!

We have also decided to just drink water for lunches to cut out the juice box and straw, which cuts down on litter in lunches.

Bookmark some recipes for homemade, healthy granola bars, cookies, and muffins - we try to do some baking on the weekends to make lunches easier.

Another tip is to make a dinner plan for the weeknights so that you have all your ingredients and can plan to use healthy dinner leftovers for lunches!

Thanks, we hope this makes packing lunches easier!

Zoë and Edie

Back to School - Green Ideas

Green Scene with Zoë and Edie


Many families are getting ready to go back to school this week, and so we thought that it is a good time for everyone to do some thinking about back to school habits.


Have a clothing swap with your friends, that way everyone gets a new outfit without buying anything new!

If you do decide to buy your clothes new, look into the company that sells the clothes that you are buying - you might be surprised by what you discover (and NOT in a good way!)

Buy local or Canadian-made goods, stocked by your local shops here in town, or check out the Salvation Army for second-hand name-brand clothes.

Ask yourself: do I really need new clothes?

Backpacks and Supplies:

Only get a new backpack if your old one is wrecked, you truly do NOT need a new one each year. Same goes for your lunch pail!

You KNOW the teachers are all getting organized and that every class has pencils, markers, and pencil crayons, so you really do not need anything like that to be ready for back to school.

New pencil case? Nope don’t need that either!

If you MUST buy something for start up, buy your class paper straws to help get rid of plastic straws!


This is one place we can ALL do better and it is not that hard!

A stainless steel (or at least reusable plastic) water bottle is the perfect place to start! This is where we can make a big difference refusing single use plastics.

Stainless steel containers are the BEST, but we know they are expensive so in order to not use any plastic baggies and plastic wrap please go for the reusable plastic containers for lunches unless you can afford the stainless steel

Kids, you can PAY ATTENTION when you are being reminded about the recycling and composting rules at your school so that YOU can do a good job! Join your school Environmental Club (WHAT?! There isn’t one?? START one at your school)! No composting program? Bring your compostables home. No recycling? No way, that's just not true.

In the next issue of Green Scene we will be giving some healthy lunch ideas for anyone packing a lunch! 

Zoë and Edie McIntosh