Buttered bagel, applesauce, lowfat milk
One of things I like best about packing my kids' lunches is that I get to control how much packaging and waste I'm using. With reusable lunch containers I not only eliminate the need for paper plates or plastic sandwich bags, I can also buy things like crackers, cookies, chips, tomatoes, cut-up veggies, and even yogurt in economy packages instead of individual packages, saving both money and packaging. In theory, anyway. There are still days when I pack individual juice boxes instead of filling up a water bottle, or give in to applesauce in squeezable pouches instead of spooning it from a big jar into a little container. But I've come a long way from the days when plastic sandwich bags and plastic water bottles were one of my grocery staples. Every little bit helps, right?