Project Lunch Box – 30 Day Challenge #1

by Marla on September 16, 2011 · 370 comments

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Can we do a little project together for the next 30 days? I pitch that we all partner up to pack healthy meals for ourselves (if you eat lunch away from home) and our kids. Are you in? I sure hope so. If you can’t swing five days a week for 4 weeks than can you go with at least a day or two a week? I bet once you get started you will see how easy it is to pack a quick, healthy and delicious lunch box.

We are starting this event on a weekend so you have some time to go grocery shopping. I have a shopping list if you need a few suggestions to point you in the right direction.

I will post regular updates, ingredient choices, product and meal ideas on Facebook. That will be the destination to share ideas during this challenge. Post your ideas to my wall and to your own. Please join us over there to stay in touch. We can also use the #projectlunchbox on Twitter to grab each others attention.

I have a free downloadable PDF 30 Days of Healthy Lunch Box Meals just for you.

Project Lunch Box – 30 Day Challenge  | FamilyFreshCooking.com

That up there is a basic turkey sandwich with fruit. I know you guys can do that. Some little gluten free rice crackers are tucked away in there too.

Most of us can agree that packing a healthy lunch box is a challenging and an often daunting task. We are all exhausted after busy days. What we want to do is cuddle up with a hot cup of tea and our favorite magazine….By the way I have a new favorite magazine, take a peek here.

What we need to do is put the magazine down and pack lunch for the next day. The magazine can come out after. Play your favorite music and get packing. If you want to share some of your favorite playlists I would LOVE that!

Project Lunch Box – 30 Day Challenge  | FamilyFreshCooking.com

I always find it is so much easier to work together as a team. I admit that some days I have a hard time figuring out what the heck to pack in my kids lunch boxes. I want to hear your recipe ideas, favorite magazines, ingredient suggestions, etc. Share your blog links and other links you have found so we can all help each other.

This is an introduction to a lifelong project. Each day of our lives should be a celebration of healthy through great food choices. I am curious to see how this project unfolds and I look forward to working the steps and keeping the pledge with you, as a team……

Project Lunch Box – 30 Day Challenge  | FamilyFreshCooking.com
Many readers ask all the time about how I handle the daily grind of packing lunch for myself and my kids. This blog was started because of people asking about my daily lunch boxes, so why not bring it all full circle. I want you to join me in the Project LunchBox!

Above is my Baby Peas and Cheese Frittata and below is one of our favorite pasta recipes with Chicken, Capers and Cherry Tomatoes.

Project Lunch Box – 30 Day Challenge  | FamilyFreshCooking.com
When I concept and create recipes for this blog, my goal is to inspire healthy, happy, high energy lives through whole foods. Eating real, unprocessed food not only tastes better but it is great for our physical and mental health too. When our bodies don’t need to cut through the clutter of chemicals and weird processed ingredients we think clearer, can keep our weight in check and burst with energy.

Project Lunch Box – 30 Day Challenge  | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Why Project Lunch Box?

  • Real, unprocessed foods are best for our physical and mental health.
  • If we help guide what our children eat while away from home, there is a better guarantee for school success, overall happiness and health.
  • It costs less to pack lunch at home. With tighter budgets these days it makes sense to bring your own lunch.
  • We want our children and loved ones to thrive. Home cooked meals are best (unless your school or work cafeteria has embraced a real food meal plan)

Together let’s Take a Pledge to get it right…..

  • I understand that I can help decide what my family eats. #projectlunchbox reinforces that decision.
  • Made a decision to provide meals with Real Whole Food ingredients as often as possible
  • My goal is to provide nourishing meals for my family, even when they are away from home. (work, school, camp, etc.)
  • I will include healthy snacks to keep nourished & strong throughout the day
  • I will use re-usable containers and lunch boxes to reduce waste and care for the environment.
  • I will spread the word with our school, friends and loved ones about Project Lunch Box.
  • I will encourage positive, mindful food behaviors including portion control & taking the time to sit and enjoy a meal.
  • One box. One Meal at a Time. Each day provides a new window of opportunity to get it right.
  • Even if I do not pack lunches for kids I support the mission to feed healthy food to those I care for.
  • Please join us to help promote the Lunch Box Project by tweeting with the hashtag #projectlunchbox and becoming a fan on Facebook and Twitter  for regular updates.

Please be sure to link back to this post with either a text link or a Family Fresh Cooking badge (grab one from our badges page) to show your support. Check out our spiffy new Project LunchBox graphics. There is this one….


Or this one. We LOVE lots of choices around here….

Are you up for joining me in this 30 day challenge? I can’t wait to share ideas together.

Some Family Fresh Cooking recipes to inspire….

Helpful & Healthful Blog Links
A few to get you started…..

Graphic with pink fleur de lis for Family Fresh Cooking
Giveaway Details

This giveaway is now over, thanks for your entries! Congrats to #23 Kim Steadman and #289 Katie. Please email me your shipping info.

Because I love you & I want to see you eating healthy, fabulous food I have an awesome Easy Lunchboxes giveaway for you. 2 winners get to choose from the cooler bag of their choice + a four pack of container inserts Cool huh! I adore these lunch boxes and use them for myself and my kids all the time.

How to Enter

Leave some comments….tell me why you want an Easy Lunchbox in your life. You have until Wednesday, September 21st, 12 midnight PST to enter this giveaway. TWO winners will be chosen via random.org and will have 3 days to respond or a new winner will be selected. Open to residents of the USA.

To earn additional entries, leave a separate comment for each of the steps listed below. If you don’t leave separate comments for each step, we will not be able to include them.

  1. Tell me your favorite thing to pack in a lunch box.
  2. Add the Family Fresh Cooking badge or our *NEW* Project LunchBox badge into your sidebar or somewhere on your blog
  3. Head over to the Easy Lunchboxes webpage and tell me what color cooler bag you want.
  4. Take the pledge by adding your blog link above (let us know you added it)
  5. Tweet this giveaway, being sure to include my Twitter handle (@MarlaMeridith). Here’s a sample tweet you could use or make up your own: {giveaway} Join @MarlaMeridith for 30 day #projectlunchbox @EasyLunchboxes has cooler/container sets for 2 winners. http://su.pr/221xT1
  6. Follow @MarlaMeridith on Twitter
  7. Follow @EasyLunchboxes on Twitter
  8. Sign up for my Email or RSS feeds
  9. Stumble this post & follow me @familyfresh on StumbleUpon
  10. Add a link to this post on your blog.
  11. Follow @MarlaMeridith on Instagram

*You can stay in touch with Family Fresh Cooking or Easy Lunchboxes on Facebook too.

Brown Bag Challenge I am adding this post to the Food Network’s Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag.

Family Fresh Cooking disclosure: The LunchBox Project is based on personal real life experience. You need to do what is best for you and your family. These are guidelines based on research, commitment and experimentation. Please consult your MD if you have health concerns or questions for you and your family.

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