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March 2013

Laptop Lunch Times: February 2013
  March 2013  

Highlights

In this issue you'll find:


Good
Simple
Fun

What works...Success Stories

Thank You for Saving Our Lunches

“I’ve been buying your products for years and just love everything. I have a few lunch boxes, a bento set, and a stainless lunch jar. My son started attending a new school that does not have a cafeteria, and he was getting tired of sandwiches and cold food. We tried several other thermoses, but they did not keep food hot or they leaked. I found yours, and I'm SIMPLY AMAZED to say the least! It keeps my son's food warm for over 8 hours! I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! Thank you for saving our lunches, and thank you for making such a great product that really passes the test! I will continue to recommend your company to anyone and everyone I know who is looking for quality products and great service.”

    -- Tonya Gunn, Apollo Beach, FL

Changed My Quality of Life Dramatically

“I just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for creating such a great product. I have numerous food sensitivities that make eating at restaurants, most commercial grocery stores, and friends’ houses impossible. Your Laptop Lunches bento system has changed my quality of life dramatically! I found it at a local market and figured ‘what the heck, let’s give it a try,’ expecting it to be another product collecting dust in a week. Boy was I wrong! Not only can I use it without a problem from the plastics leaching chemicals, but it makes packing food and eating it so much easier and even a bit fun. I just ordered 10 more refill containers to add to my box, sleeve and refill kit at home. I can now go out for more than two hours, knowing I have safe food with me for a whole day! This is a truly wonderful product that has made my life much less isolated. Keep up the great work and thank you!”

    -- K.H., Wisconsin

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From Our Desk to Yours

Happy Spring!!

Spring has come to California, and we’re once again grateful for the longer days and warmer afternoons! If spring hasn’t reached your neck of the woods quite yet, we hope you too will soon be blessed with warmer temperatures, spring flowers, and budding trees. Oh…and lovely spring picnics too!


WELCOME: We’d like to extend a warm welcome to Alisa, the newest member of our team. Alisa graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Cultural Anthropology. After a brief stint doing research in Ireland and working as a freelance journalist, Alisa decided to return to Santa Cruz to be close to her California family. When she's not working, she enjoys singing, dancing, making art, communing with nature, and volunteering with her favorite local non-profit organization, Community Seed. She is excited to be working for a company that is concerned with both the environment and the household economy.

LOOSE CONTAINERS? The answer is “YES!” We do offer a wide range of loose individual containers in all colors and sizes on our Web site at http://secure.laptoplunches.com/items.asp?Cc=MISC&Bc. Looking for replacement lids? Find them here: http://secure.laptoplunches.com/items.asp?Cc=MISC_PARTS&Bc. Thanks, and please let us know if you don’t find what you’re looking for.

                

Enjoy!


From Your Kitchen to Ours

"We've had a blast packing lunches in our new Laptop Lunches Bento Box!!! There are soooooo many opportunities for a fun lunch packing experience, even my Hubby has packed lunches for our little one using our Garden Box!! It makes packing a lunch simple, fun, and we love the array of colors! My two year old has officially dubbed it her 'Rainbow Lunch Box.' Thank you Laptop Lunches for such a great product!!! Thanks again!"

    -- Karolyn Sanchez, www.ladybug-lunches.com


Food for Thought: Jicama

Jicama is a crunchy root vegetable loaded with Vitamin C. The high C content acts as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that can help reduce allergy related symptoms and fight the flu and common cold. It can help reduce or eliminate bruising and supports the capillaries, minimizing the risk of capillary damage. Jicama is also rich in beta-carotene and folic acid, known to be effective in lowering protein levels that cause damage to the lining of blood vessels. This low calorie vegetable is a great choice for any weight loss program, and it can help boost the immune system.

Jicama can easily be eaten raw as a snack, peeled and cut into strips, used with dips, and added to salads and slaws. Cooked jicama tends to take on the flavors of the other ingredients. So try tossing it into soups, stews and stir-fries.

To learn more about jicama, visit: www.cookinglight.com/cooking-101/essential-ingredients/jicama-00400000040558.

Benefits:

  • High in Fiber
  • Excellent Source of Vitamin C
  • Extremely Low in Calories
  • Rich in Folic Acid
  • High in Beta Carotene
  • Contains Antioxidants
  • Boosts the Immune System
  • Lowers Levels of Cholesterol
  • Helps Reduce the Risk of Capillary Damage

 



This Month's Menus

Spring is just around the corner, and here are some lunch ideas to help get you thinking of picnics and warmer weather. Click on the menu links for recipes.

Egg-tastic Bento Lunch

 


Grilled Panini Bento

 


Grilled paninis seem to be all the rage these days. Pack them full of vegetables, and grill them in a very small amount of olive oil. Don't be discouraged if you don't happen to own a panini grill. Use a waffle iron or grill them in a large skillet with a heavy, smaller skillet on top. (Place a full tea kettle in the top skillet for extra weight.)
In the Spotlight: Eco-Friendly Basics for Your Home and the Planet


Lori Popkewitz Alper and Groovy Green Livin'

About Lori Popkewitz Alper:
Lori Popkewitz Alper is the founder and editor-in-chief of Groovy Green Livin, a site dedicated to sharing simple green living tips and current information on sustainable living with individuals, families, schools and businesses. Lori uses Groovy Green Livin as a platform to create awareness, dialog and debate surrounding advocacy for healthy environments without harmful chemicals.

Lori is a green living expert, social media consultant, freelancer, blogger, borderline vegan and recovering attorney. She lives in the Greater Boston area with her three sons, chocolate lab and groovy husband.

Many people think that going green is, by nature, a very expensive endeavor. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be. Going green is also about reducing waste and using less energy. Here are five eco-friendly basics for making it happen in your home.

WASH YOUR LAUNDRY IN COLD WATER
Your clothes will be just as clean -- honest! 80-90 percent of a washing machine’s energy is used to heat the water, so wash in cold water and make sure your machine is full before running. When you’re ready for an appliance upgrade, purchase an efficient Energy Star machine. Energy Star estimates that water savings can range from 40 to 75 percent with a front-loading washing machine.

TURN DOWN THE HEAT, TURN OFF THE A/C
Turn your heat down and turn air conditioning off (or the temperature way up) when you leave for the day. The easiest way to do this is to invest in a programmable thermostat, which allows you to automate your heat and air conditioning throughout the year.

RECYCLE
Make the effort and throw anything that can be recycled into a recycle bin for pick-up, if available, or take it to your local recycle facility. It helps to find an indoor spot in the house where recyclables are collected before making their way outside. We place ours next to the sink so it’s easy for someone to take them out to the garage on their way outside. Recycling saves landfill space, saves natural resources and energy, creates jobs, saves money and creates less pollution. 

UNPLUG
Electronics like cell phone chargers, computers, toasters, TVs, and microwaves, need to be plugged in.  But you can prevent them from sucking extra power by unplugging them when not in use. If this seems like a big job, consider purchasing this new type of green surge protector. It will allow you to shut down outlets with the flick of a switch instead of having to unplug them one at a time. Try this and watch your electric bill go down.

ADD A FEW HOUSEPLANTS
Looking for a simple way to improve your indoor air quality? Adding house plants is an easy way to make a difference because plants produce oxygen from CO2, and act as air filters, removing toxins like benzene (found in gasoline, inks, oils, paints, plastics, and rubber), formaldehyde and/or trichloroethylene (in printing inks, paints, lacquers, varnishes, and adhesives). To improve air quality in an average 1,800 square foot house, you’ll want 15 to 18 good-sized houseplants in 6- to 8-inch diameter containers. 

Connect with Lori and Groovy Green Livin on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ or LinkedIn.

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BENTO TIP – Are you ready to take your waste-free lunch box to the next level? Be sure to check out our high-quality organic cotton napkins at http://secure.laptoplunches.com/items.asp?Cc=NAPKINS&Bc.  Available in an array of colors to match your style!


DID YOU KNOW – walnuts can help keep seasonal allergies at bay? Studies show that a diet high in antioxidants and omega-3s can ease seasonal allergy suffering. Visit: http://healthland.time.com/2012/03/29/5-foods-to-help-fight-spring-allergies/?iid=hl-article-special-reports-widget#nuts to learn about 5 foods you can add to your diet to lessen allergy symptoms.

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