As you know Tuesdays and Fridays are a little different here at Today’s Lunchbox. Usually I have a guest post or a weekend or travel lunchbox on those days, while Monday, Wednesday, Thursday are almost always my basic workday lunches. Today I wanted to address one question that I get often and have wanted to address as part of my lunchbox FAQ (aka a work in progress) – why do I still use plastic containers? The biggest reason for me is weight – I walk everywhere and I often carry several containers to work or out when I am running errands on weekends, and I like the ease of plastic. I always use BPA-free plastic containers, however. Furthermore, I only ever pack my smoothies in glass containers – I think it keeps them cold longer and generally is easier. Ideally, I would use glass only, but I feel ok using BPA-free plastic containers about 2/3 of the time, and my shoulder thanks me for the lighter load. That said I have been experimenting with lunch options that lend themselves better to fewer jars so I can use more glass.
As for my containers of choice, plastic and glass:
- Laptop Lunchbox
- Recycled 8oz nut butter jars (great for puddings, hummus, and small quantities of leftovers) – I save the 16oz nut butter jars for leftovers in the fridge
- Recycled 16oz Vegenaise jars (great for smoothies), though recycled 16oz nut butter jars work too
- Glasslock Containers (we bought a set of various sizes at Costco)
- Ziploc Tall Square Containers, perfect for salads and steamed veggies
- Ziploc Small Round Containers, for a variety of smaller denser foods
- Gladware Mini Round Containers, for dressings, nuts, and small items
I have yet to purchase mason jars as I get a study supply from recycling jars of things like nut butters. So yay for recycling.
And today’s lunchbox:
- Green Smoothie with Banana, Hemp and Kale, from Choosing Raw
- Lightly steamed kale and Grilled Twin Oaks Tofu (the plain kind, but plain in a delicious hearty way)
- Cheezy Red Pepper Hemp Dip, also from Choosing Raw, to top the kale and tofu
- A truly forgettable white bean dip (this attempt was made using white bean flour) – despite thyme and garlic, this one is better forgotten.
- Raw red pepper for dipping into the white bean dip
Have a great Tuesday!
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- Specific Disclosure regarding Twin Oaks Tofu
- Specific Disclosure regarding Laptop Lunchbox: I received this lunchbox container free of charge. My view of this item is not influenced in any way by the fact I received this item free of charge
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