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April 2014


   
April 2014
 
In This Issue

From Our Desk To Yours
From Your Kitchen To Ours
Worth Sharing
Lunch Menus
Bento Buzz
It was wonderful to meet so many of you at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim and at the International Housewares Show in Chicago last month. So much fun, and just in time for Earth Day! If you’re promoting waste-free lunches this year, please be sure to visit www.wastefreelunches.org for inspirational tools, tips, and success stories. Happy Earth Day, and thanks for being green!

Enjoy!
 
From Our Desk To Yours
 
 
STORYBOOK BENTO SUCCESS!
During the month of March, we collaborated with some of our favorite bloggers to create a storybook bento. We are more than impressed by what they created! See all the wonderful stories shown through a bento on our Pinterest page!

 

APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH
Since the 1970's, the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month every April. With the growing need for awareness, they provide details on how to get involved, become educated, and show your support. Please join us in supporting them this month!

 

INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKER JAMES COSTA
After coming face to face with what he saw as the sad reality of school lunches, filmmaker James Costa felt compelled to reignite the conversation about what we’re feeding our kids, resulting in his latest film, Lunch Hour. We were lucky enough to interview him about his inspiration for the film and his thoughts on school lunches. Be sure to check out the trailer in our "Featured Video" section below and read the interview on our blog!
 

OUR DAY AT GOOGLE
Last month we readily accepted an invitation to teach a class at Google's newest cafe, KitchenSync -- an amazing, state-of-the-art dining facility! Tammy had a terrific time demonstrating how to make quick & easy (and wholesome!) lunches kids love, and taking the opportunity to weave in healthy eating tips, strategies for picky eaters, and transitioning to a healthy diet. Thanks, Google! We're already looking forward to the next class!
 

From Your Kitchen To Ours
 
 
IN THIS LUNCH BOX
  • fresh farmers' market salad
  • quinoa with black beans
  • apple slices and homemade mixed nut butter (recipe here)
"I'm all about eating a big salad at lunchtime, so I know I get my fill of veggies, and the fiber keeps me full. Instead of a sandwich, I go for whole grains like cooked quinoa, and the beans are a great source of fiber. Since I have a sweet tooth, the apples with mixed nut butter satisfy my craving for a post-lunch treat."

--Jenny Sugar

Jenny is a writer and yoga instructor, and an editor for POPSUGAR Fitness, a health and fitness blog that offers tips and inspiration for living a healthy life. You'll find everything from strength training, treadmill, and yoga workouts, to smoothie and healthy dessert recipes, as well as tried-and-true tips for losing weight. Check out the blog at www.fitsugar.com.

Worth Sharing
 
 
DID YOU KNOW?
We have a sister site, WasteFreeLunches.org, which is chock full of information on all things waste-free. Stop by to learn more about the benefits of starting or participating in a waste-free lunch program at work or school. See first-hand what some schools and businesses are doing to reduce waste, and perhaps share a waste-free success story of your own. April is, after all, Earth Month -- and the perfect time to check it out!

 

BENTO TIP
Keep your bento fresh and safe this spring and summer with these fun, fabulous cool packs!



 


FEATURED VIDEO - "LUNCH HOUR" TRAILER
Lunch Hour hits the nail right on the head, reigniting the conversation about what we're feeding our kids at school. Check out the trailer, and then check out the film, now available on iTunes and other online video sites.

Lunch Menus
 
 


WELCOME BACK STRAWBERRIES

Brown Rice Saute
Fresh Strawberries
Roasted Almonds and Cashews
Veggie Snack Mix




PICNIC BENTO


Cheddar Cheese
Steamed Broccoli
Whole Grain Crackers
Peanuts
Grapes
 
Bento Buzz
 
PRESCHOOLER IN LOVE
"Her grandmother gave her this lunchbox for her birthday. She has carried it around every opportunity she has gotten. She begs to bring her laptop box instead of getting a prepackaged lunch or stopping at a fast food restaurant."

-- Preschooler's Mommy, Wylie, TX

HEALTHY FUN
"I've been working for 35+ years. I have eaten & packed many a lunch. Now it's fun & healthy using my Bento Buddies."

-- Chicknit, Normal, IL


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