The acceptance of recycling in modern society is not in itself negative, but it is not the answer to our woes as many would have us believe. Many people actually believe that it is ok to use a plastic water bottle because of that friendly recycling label. We are probably all guilty of easing our conscience on the backs of the corporate green-washing that has done little more than use a lot more green ink in their packaging.
Some people say it takes 3 months to make something a habit – get a head start on New Years resolutions by packing healthy lunches, like mason jar salad.
Upcycle glass jars like pasta sauce instead of just throwing them out in the blue bin. You can layer the salad to make it look extra pretty – and food that looks good is more likely to be eaten. Great for older kids to take to school! Don’t stop with traditional salad. You can reuse leftovers like pasta from supper and make lunch from that too.
What you need
– Bendy straws
– Elastic band
How to do it
– Prepare the Jello, but don’t put it in the fridge.
– Get a bunch of straws (bendy kind are the best, since the bendable part gives it the appearance of a worm) secure them together with an elastic, and put into a cup
– After the Jello has stopped steaming, pour into the straws (Don’t worry about spillage into the cup)
– Put into the fridge until solid
– Eat some worms!
This might not be completely edible, but a watermelon bowl is a creative way to use the part you can’t eat – and it saves you from washing a bowl! When the fruit is done, cut the melon and eat the rest, then put it in the compost… Yum and done!
Do you still have leftover Easter chocolate lying around? Do you have balloons left over from a birthday or graduation party? Make an edible chocolate bowl with your spring chocolate to go with some summer ice cream!
What you need
– 2 pots (one smaller than the other)
– Fork, knife, or other sharp object
– Waxed paper
– Ice cream
How to do it
– Boil water in a pot, put chunks of chocolate in the smaller pot, and carefully place inside the pot with water. Make sure the water doesn’t spill over! If you need to, pour some out.
– Stir chocolate with spoon until melted, remove from element, and let cool
– While you’re waiting for the chocolate to cool, blow up some balloons
– Put waxed paper on pan, scoop a small spoonful of chocolate and make a dot on the paper
– Dip the balloons into the chocolate and place on the chocolate dot
– Let the chocolate harden (you might need to place it in a fridge)
– Poke the balloon until it goes “pop”
– You should be left with an edible chocolate bowl, ready to fill with ice cream or other summer treat. Experiment with different kinds of chocolate and fillings, like strawberries in a white chocolate bowl.
Have some spring sweetness in an old mason jar or other clear glass.
Make it the night before and have a quick and yummy and healthy breakfast (amazing combination!) before your kids go to school or camp, or you go to the gym or work.
If you dumpster dive and find some fruit that’s firm enough to eat without turning into a smoothie, this is a great way to have it. It’s also a good way to use up bits of different fruits when there’s not enough to make a whole pie.
Don’t have anything to carry your lunch in? If you’re like me, you’ve resorted to wrapping a sandwich in a plastic grocery bag (they do have more uses than just carrying your food home, or collecting trash to carry to the curb!)