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Eco Eats Challenge: Healthy Meal on the Go


This week marks the start of NBC’s Green’s “Eco Eats” sweepstakes, which runs until October 17. I’m all signed up and am taking my One Small Act Eco Eats Challenge.

So I looked through some of the challenges and found things like:

  • Eat a vegetarian meal

  • Buy ocean-friendly seafood

  • Use reusable produce bags on a shopping trip

  • Eat leftovers for 1 meal

Since I’m already doing those things and therefore would defeat the “challenge” aspect, I dug a little deeper – a little greener – to find a good one to share with you Reduction Rebels.

A Healthier Option for a Meal on the Go

I’m bad about this one. I’ll admit, I’m a pre-packaged cheese stick kind of gal when it comes to packing a meal to go. In fact the last “meal” I packed was 2 blueberry muffins. Unforgivable, right? Okay, I did put them in a reusable container, but still.

I do like to take smoothies to go. But if you don’t eat them right away they melt and separate. Not good at all!

The other pet peeve I have about packing meals is that I don’t want to stink up the place. Like if I packed leftovers – even if it’s chicken and roasted vegetables – healthy, yes AND stinky no matter what.

So after all my deliberating, today I packed a meal on the go that was:

  • healthy
  • in a reusable container
  • pleasant smelling
  • and could last without being refrigerated

Drum roll please….

Oatmeal in a Jar!



1/2 cup of rolled oats

1 cup water

1/8 cup nuts (I used cashews)

1/4 cup frozen blueberries

Add all these to a reusable jar with a twist on lid.

Microwave with the lid off for 1.5 – 2.5 minutes before you leave home or at your destination if they have a microwave.

I recommend microwaving for 90 seconds then stopping to mix. Then resume microwaving for 20 – 30 seconds. You don’t want it to overflow all over the place.

Bonus Repurposing Tip

Repurpose an old sunglass’ bag (fabric with drawstrings) to carry a metal spoon. The drawstring straps can stretch around your jar for easy travel.


Are you interested in ‘eco-eating’? NBC’s Green is Universal is hosting an “Eco Eats” sweepstakes from September 29 – October 17. To join, visit their free green-living tool, One Small Act, and join the “Eco Eats” challenge. Everyone who signs-up and tackles at least one action by October 17th will be entered to win one of five 6-month subscriptions to NatureBox. No Purchase Necessary. Must be US resident and 18+. Read official rules here.

Note: In exchange for participating in the challenge and writing this post, I was given a gift package from Green is Universal. All opinions here are still my own.

Here are more Eco Eats Challenges

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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2 Responses to Eco Eats Challenge: Healthy Meal on the Go

  1. Lucy Schmidt October 4, 2014 at 11:00 pm #

    I don’t like oatmeal (unless I’m eating it in Ireland with real butter, real brown sugar, real cream & sultanas in it), but do like the idea of repurposing the sunglass case. I’ll be putting one or more in the glove compartment of the car. I’ve been without a computer for a while so have lots of posts to catch up on. We’re pretty eco-conscious here, too, but there’s always room for improvement, isn’t there?

    • Eve October 5, 2014 at 9:51 am #

      Hi Lucy, it’s great to see you back!

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