Unjunking the Lunch Box!

School lunches are a challenge. We’ve already discussed this on the blog, and I’ve noticed it continues to be a hot topic on Facebook and when a group of parents get together! Getting the school snacks and lunches ready certainly occupies an important part of my morning routine! It’s easy to get into the habit of buying products and packages especially designed for lunches, because they’re handy – already the right size, no searching for containers etc.

But you have to ask yourself: Are these really the best products to feed a school-aged child? I guess it depends on your priorities. If you’re concerned about what you’re giving your child to eat, you may be interested in reading the latest e-book from Naturally Savvy.

Label Lessons: Unjunk Your Kid’s Lunch Box is a free e-book written by Andrea Donsky and Lisa Tsakos, founder and chief nutrition expert, respectively, of Naturally Savvy. Naturally Savvy was “created to provide you with a safe and reliable environment where you can check out the latest news on healthy living—always without judgement.” The website contains a treasure of information, and their newsletter and Facebook feed contain articles that often catch my attention. Together, Andrea and Lisa have written 3 books; like the first 2, this one helps consumers wade through the multitude of products available on supermarket shelves and sort out which ingredients are to be avoided, which ones should be used with caution and how to make better choices while grocery shopping and food planning. The focus of this book is specifically on products people might use to put together their child’s lunch for school. Products discussed range from bread to fruit sauce and from cereal and yogurt to cookies.

The e-book is a quick read. I really like how certain ingredients are targeted and the authors briefly explain the reasons why they should be avoided or watched. This is not a highly technical book – it’s written for everyday people like you and me; references to studies backing up the statements made are provided in footnotes for anyone with a thirst for even more knowledge!

As I was reading through Label Lessons, I noticed many products I recognized, but there were some I didn’t. Of course, not every grocery store carries every brand, but I wonder if some of the brands might not be available in Canada, or at least, not in smaller cities and towns. Still, comparable products might be available and the information provided will help you to read ingredients lists and choose products that fit your family’s needs and tastes.

“The e-Book is FREE, features a variety of great printable coupons, and there is the chance to WIN a $1000 Healthy Shopping Spree. And even better – for every share of the e-book, Naturally Savvy will donate $1.00 to the Holistic Moms Network, a non-profit organization whose mission is to generate national awareness, education, and support for holistic parenting and green living.”

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  1. what a handy and informative e-book. We could all learn a few things here….

  2. Thanks for posting this! I grabbed it, hopefully I can learn a few new things to spruce up the kids lunches!

  3. Thanks for sharing this with us! I can’t wait to read it and I’m going to pass it on to my daughters who have to make the grandkids their lunches!

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  4. kathy downey says:

    Thanks for sharing,sounds like lots of lunch ideas !

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