While they ask for nut-free disposable lunches, realistically I could have used our bento boxes, since I'd be there to carry stuff home. But I've been eagerly saving stuff all year to re-use for this!
In addition to our lunches (packed in a reused paper bag from somewhere) and frozen water bottles, I tossed in a few snacks as well, since it would be a loooong day, and we were allowed to stay later, since I wasn't driving anyone else back to school for pick-up. A few bags of Sweet Potato PopChips (had to include two, to avoid squabbling!) a few squeezy fruit pouches (disposable, since I didn't want to have to keep track of my re-usable ones,) and some nut-free snacks from various foodie subscription boxes. Mostly for Mama.
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Baby E's "Animal Stackers" Lunch
|(Top Layer) organic sugar snap peas, GF bread, white cheddar, nitrate-free turkey|
I had really wanted to use these mini animal cookie cutters, so I did a Lunchables-style cracker stacker... except with bread instead of crackers. Mostly as an excuse to use a third cutter shape! I separated the foods using a pink zebra muffin liner, a green polka dot liner, and complementary multi-color paper liners (I found these on clearance, from a line by Duff Goldman.)
|(Bottom Layer) frozen Chobani Champions tube, Unreal 5 mini candy bar, organic apples, ketchup and mustard|
(I used the discarded cardboard divider from Big Sister's lunch to help separate the two layers.)
Z's "Zoo Sticks" Sandwich Dippers Lunch
|Organic green beans and apples, mustard, GF bread-swiss-turkey, Unreal 5 bar, frozen Chobani Champions tube|
I chose patriotic tinsel skewers mostly because they were the only ones I could find easily. Hooray for putting stuff away a year ago and not touching it since! Mustard for dipping in a disposable dip cup, apples in a saved-and-washed applesauce cup, and cut green beans in a paper muffin cup.
Instead of a plastic berry clamshell, I had saved the cardboard box (and plastic lid) that a set of cupcake liners and matching picks had come in. I had to remove one of the dividers, but was able to freeze the yogurt tube in place the night before, to make sure it would still fit in the morning! Had the zoo had separate bins for cardboard recycling or composting, this would have been perfect!
Mama's Disposable Salad
You know those little individual packets of cut apples? I got some for my turn at snack for soccer (the, like, one game we did before she quit!) and they had come in these little cube-y containers. Hmmm... One of my big problems with the berry clamshells is that they have air holes, so are not good for salads. But with these, oh yes!
I packed in as much of my salad mix as I could in the bottom half (plus a few artistic flowers using my flower veggie cutters,) and then stacked more food on the top to help fill me up. The muffin had been left over from our Mother's Day get-together at my sister's (and she made them gluten-free just for us!) It was tasty, so you know *I* hadn't baked it! Ha!
I was able to stack the disposable sauce cups with my dressing and my dry mix-ins together, leaving room for my Chobani Bite yogurt and a paper snack cup with a cut-up kiwi.
I also included a mini disposable spoon (I've been saving them from gelato places and washing them to re-use!) and a plastic fork from McD's that had come in their utensils packet, but I'd only needed the spoon or whatever, so I saved it.
Well, MY lunch was certainly a big hit... the girls fought over MY cornbread muffin, and Baby ended up eating MY yogurt. Bah!
I ended up dragging home our garbage and either composted it, recycled it, or washed and saved it again!
Fun at the Zoo!
The girls had a blast! They both loved seeing all the animals, and even got to touch a few things in the aquarium area. But the hands-down favorite was the budgies!
Z was so into it though, and surprisingly brave, considering she has sensory issues and doesn't like to be touched. I had to keep buying more and more sticks! She really wanted a blue one to land on her, but those green ones were tenacious and pushy!
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