Packed lunches are not only the best way to ensure you eat healthy food, but they can also help you save money and waste less (especially when using leftovers). Whether you are taking your own lunch box at work or preparing one for the kids, another thing to keep in mind is to try to reduce the amount of packaging. Before you know it, your sandwich is packed in foil or plastic, and your lunchbox is filled with prepackaged single-serving portion. I much prefer buying larger bags of fruits, seeds, nuts, crackers, biscuits or slabs of cheese rather than individual portions. It’s easy enough to make individual portions in reusable containers and creates less waste.
I have many food containers in my kitchen, mostly made of ceramic, stainless steel or glass rather than plastic which may contain Bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is an hormone disruptor that lurks in many places from plastic bottles to till receipts to cosmetics. BPA can seep into food or drinks kept in containers made with it.
I find stainless steel the safest and most practical material for my kids and husband who have packed lunches almost every day. Some of my favourite brands include Kids Konserve, U Konserve and A Slice of Green.
Kids Konserve and U Konserve have a full range of high quality food-grade stainless steel lunch boxes and products with a definite fashion edge. As a mum practicality is key and I absolutely love the new divided containers above. They are smart, generously sized and have a handy removable plastic divider so you can tailor the compartments size to suit the contents. They are perfect for taking sandwiches, wraps, sushi and salad into work, school or out on a picnic; but also incredibly useful to store leftovers in the fridge.
This nesting trio is really functional to carry individual portions of fruits, nuts, seeds or other finger food snacks.
A Slice of Green has a range of super practical stainless steel nesting lunch boxes where you can pack different types of food. Ideal for taking an ‘on-the-go’ balanced lunch of a savoury salad or sandwich, fruit and a snack to work in one neat container. These are great for kids too, especially if they have a small lunch bag.