Eco Friendly Lunch Box Essentials For Adults

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Eco Friendly Lunch Box Essentials For Adults

Eco Friendly Lunch Box Essentials For Adults

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Whether you’re going back to school, back to work, or just traveling, here’s a list of eco friendly lunch boxes for adults. You’ll be amazed at the designs and innovations available today and impressed that you can have a stylish, functional and non-toxic way to carry your lunch (or breakfast, or snack!).

Stainless Steel Bento Box Lunch Box Set With Black Neoprene Lunch Bag
Three-tier stainless steel Bento lunch box is dishwasher safe and free of BPA, PVC , BPS or Phthalates. Carrying bag included.

Vaya Tyffyn 1000 ml Insulated Lunch Box with Bag Mat
Advanced thermal insulation keeps your food warm or cold for up to 5 hours without heat or refrigeration. Leak-proof, non-toxic and eco-friendly. Comes in many other colors and designs. This would be perfect to carry veggies such as Baked Scalloped Potatoes or Bourbon Pecan Mashed Sweet Potatoes.

YOHOOLYO Electric Lunch Box Food Heater Portable with Removable Stainless Steel Container
Perfect for school or office, the removable stainless steel container lets you safely heat your food without the use of a microwave. Outer shell is made from environmentally friendly and nontoxic food grade material. Comes in other colors, as well. I bet some leftover Dutch Oven Balsamic Chicken and Veggies would be great to carry in this lunch box!

SoYoung Large Cooler Bag
Made from linen, it’s insulated, leak-proof and machine washable, too. Can be worn as a cross bag, backpack, or carried  by hand. Comes in many other designs, as well. It is PVC, phthalate, lead, & BPA free.

Organic Bento lunch box.
Looking for an eco-friendly utilitarian lunch box? This one is made of rice husk without any chemical additives and is 100% biodegradable. It’s even dishwasher and microwave safe. Comes with attached spork.

Stainless Steel Travel Mug / Thermos
Okay, this thermos can apparently do. it. all. Seriously. It’s also a tea infuser (comes with tea-leaf strainer), it’s also double-wall insulated for hot coffee, tea, or soup or for cold fruit. Comes in different colors and sizes, too. I bet this Cherry Vanilla Protein Smoothie would go great in this thermos!

2 Pack Rustproof Stainless Steel Tableware Dinnerware with Carrying Case
Re-use your cutlery and save waste! This gorgeous stainless steel set comes with its own carrying case (other color choices available) for easy storage and packing.

Earthwise Insulated Lunch Bag Jute Tote (2-pack) 
With its zipper-top closure, this eco-friendly bag will keep your food warm or cold. It folds easily for storage in your car, kitchen, or at work.

Nucucina Slim Bento Lunch Box Set
This leak-proof, air-tight and BPA-free slim design fits perfectly in your briefcase, tote or backpack. Comes with cutlery, too! You could pack it with some refreshing fruit like this Melon Ball Salad or some Loaded Baked Potato Salad.


Lunch Bag – Tan Waxed Canvas
Just want to brown bag it and forget the electronics and multi-layers of bento-like containers? Then check out this waxed canvas re-usable bag. Très chic. 😉

Planet Wise Zipper Sandwich Bag
Reusable, made in the USA, and PVC, BPA, latex, pthalate and lead free.

Ice Pack for Lunch Boxes
Completely non-toxic and sweat-proof! Comes in other designs if pink birds aren’t your thing.

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Cherry Vanilla Protein Smoothie

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It’s cherry season and what better way to celebrate this sweet fruit than with this healthy Cherry Vanilla Protein Smoothie.

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When in season, cherries are abundant in the grocery stores and farmers markets. Cherries come in many varieties, ranging from tart to sweet. Bing cherries are easily found in the stores and they’re perfect to use for smoothies because they’re sweet, not bitter or tart. So grab a bag or two or three of cherries when in season, especially if you like smoothies. You can pit them easily with a cherry pitter and freeze them for later use in your smoothies!

Cherry Vanilla Protein Smoothie

Who could resist this delicious blend of cherry and vanilla? Add the cherries, along with some vanilla protein powder to some vanilla flavored almond milk OR coconut milk; blend with a high-powered blender and you’re in for a healthy smoothie to keep you powered up.

Other smoothie recipes you may like:
Black Forest Chocolate Cherry Protein Smoothie
Apple Cinnamon Protein Smoothie
Blueberry Pineapple Protein Smoothie

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Cherry Vanilla Protein Smoothie
 
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Cherry Vanilla Protein Smoothie
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla-flavored almond milk OR coconut milk (from carton, not can)
  • 1 scoop of vanilla or plain protein powder
  • 1 cup frozen cherries, pitted
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp honey (optional; adjust according to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional, adjust according to taste)
  • ice (optional; if your cherries aren't frozen, you may consider adding a little ice to your smoothie)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and mix.

  2. Taste and add honey and /or vanilla extract to taste. Blend.

  3. Pour into your favorite smoothie glass and enjoy.

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15 Quick and Easy Grilling Recipes

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These 15 Quick and Easy Grilling Recipes will have you firing up your grill during winter, spring, summer and fall!

15 Quick and Easy Grilling Recipes

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Most folks think grilling season is confined to the summer months, but here in the south, grilling season is actually a year-round activity. Summer is obviously prime grilling season, but fall brings tailgating food and grilling. Winter and spring are also times to grill burgers, steak, seafood and veggies. Here are 15 quick and easy grilling recipes that will keep you grilling year-round.

Make sure you have the proper grilling equipment!

GRILLED ORANGE BEEF KABOBS
Recipe and photo courtesy of A Sprinkling of Cayenne

Grilled Orange Beef Kabobs

GRILLED HAWAIIAN PORK CHOPS
Recipe and photo courtesy of The Life of Jolie

Grilled Hawaiian Pork Chops

MARINATED PINEAPPLE AND CILANTRO CHICKEN KABOBS
Recipe and photo courtesy of Zesty Olive

Pineapple Chicken Kabobs

EASY GRILLED FAJITA BURGERS WITH GUACAMOLE
Recipe and photo courtesy of Two Healthy Kitchens

Grilled Fajita Burgers

GRILLED ITALIAN SAUSAGE KABOBS
Recipe and photo courtesy of The Seasoned Mom

Grilled Italian Sausage Kabobs

GRILLED FLANK STEAK PINWHEELS
Recipe and photo courtesy of That Guy Who Grills

Grilled Flank Steak Pinwheels


GRILLED HONEY CHICKEN AND PEA SALAD
Recipe and photo courtesy of No Spoon Necessary

Grilled Honey Chicken and Pea Salad

GRILLED PECAN AND BLUEBERRY CRISP
Recipe and photo courtesy of Spoonful of Flavor

Grilled Peach and Blueberry Crisp

GRILLED PINEAPPLE WITH CINNAMON HONEY DRIZZLE
Recipe and photo courtesy of Wine and Glue

Grilled Pineapple with Cinnamon Honey Drizzle

CHIMICHURRI GRILLED SHRIMP
Recipe and photo courtesy of Fantastic Food

Chimichurri Grilled Shrimp

GRILLED CHIPOTLE SHRIMP TACOS
Recipe and photo courtesy of My Wife Can Cook

Grilled Chipotle Shrimp Tacos


GRILLED CEDAR PLANK SALMON
Recipe and photo courtesy of The Jenny Evolution

Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon

GRILLED YUCA WITH GARLIC MOJO SAUCE
Recipe and photo courtesy of Living Sweet Moments

Grilled Yuca with Garlic Mojo Sauce

GRILLED EGGPLANT PARMESAN STACKS
Recipe and photo courtesy of Flavor The Moments

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Stacks

GRILLED PORTOBELLO AND SUMMER SQUACH QUESADILLAS
Recipe and photo courtesy of The Roasted Root

Grilled Portobello and Summer Squash Quesadillas

You might also enjoy:

Marinated Beef Kabobs With Veggies
Grilled Corn On The Cob With Herb Butter

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Roasted Heirloom Tomato Basil Mozzarella Caprese Salad

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For a twist on a classic Italian salad, try my Roasted Heirloom Tomato Basil Mozzarella Caprese Salad.

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For a twist on the classic Italian Caprese salad, I use mini heirlooms and roast the salad to intensify the flavors. Mini heirloom tomatoes are readily available in grocery stores in the US these days, but this salad will, of course, work beautifully with any large heirloom tomatoes you find. I like to vary the tomato colors. In addition to the traditional red, try to find yellow, green, and even the darker shade, which looks between purple and black. The green of the basil and the white of the mozzarella cheese balls will create a gorgeous display.

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Basil Mozzarella Caprese Salad
This salad is so easy to put together. I drizzled a little olive oil in the bottom of a casserole dish, sliced the larger mini tomatoes and left a few of the smaller ones whole and added them to the dish. Salt them with some Himalayan sea salt. Add a few basil leaves (not all of them!) and roast  for 30 minutes or until the tomatoes begin to soften. The basil leaves will turn brown; that’s okay, you will remove them before serving and replace with fresh basil leaves.

For the last 5 minutes or so of the roasting, add the mozzarella cheese balls – not too many – and let them just begin to melt during the last few minutes in the oven. Remove from the oven, make sure the roasted basil leaves have been removed and replace with fresh basil leaves.

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Basil Mozzarella Caprese Salad
Admire the pretty salad! Take a photo of it if you like! At this point, you could serve the salad as is; it’s delicious! However, I like to drizzle just a wee bit more olive oil and just a touch of balsamic vinegar over it before serving.

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Basil Mozzarella Caprese Salad
Enjoy!
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Roasted Heirloom Tomato Basil Mozzarella Caprese Salad
 
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Roasted Heirloom Tomato Basil Mozzarella Caprese Salad
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Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • You can customize the serving sizes depending on how much of each ingredient you choose to use, therefore, no set amount of each ingredient is given.

  • Mini Heirloom tomatoes, slice larger ones; leave small ones whole
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Fresh mozzarella mini cheese balls, or mozzarella, sliced
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Himalayan Sea Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.

  2. Drizzled a little olive oil in the bottom of a casserole dish.

  3. Sliced the larger mini tomatoes and leave the smaller ones whole. Add tomatoes to the dish.

  4. Salt tomatoes.

  5. Add a few basil leaves (not all of them) and roast for 30 minutes or until the tomatoes begin to soften. The basil leaves will turn brown; that’s okay, you will remove them before serving and replace with fresh basil leaves.

  6. Remove from oven and add mozzarella cheese balls.

  7. Return to oven for 3-5 minutes, or until cheese begins to melt.

  8. Remove from the oven, and remove wilted basil leaves. Replace with fresh basil leaves.

  9. Serve as is, or drizzle just a little more olive oil and just a touch of balsamic vinegar over the salad before serving.

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