Packing an unhealthy lunch is easier than packing a healthy one. All those single serving chip bags and chocolate chip cookies are cheap and at an arms reach on every grocery store end cap but science tells us healthy eating habits start young. Packing a healthy lunch your kids will eat isn’t as difficult as it sounds. Check HERE and HERE for some ideas to get you started.
Color: Kids like bright colors. Packing items of varying together adds visual interest. I often pack strawberries and blackberries together because they look nice next to each other. A trio of bell peppers is also another big hit in our house.
Texture: Varying textures makes eating an experience. Having a variety of textures in one lunch box encourages kids to eat a variety of items but avoid sending new textures or textures you know aren’t a hit in the lunchbox and keep the experimentation for home where its easier to curtail waste.
Involvement: Let your kids pick what goes in their lunch. A simple would you like an apple or an orange can be the catalyst for healthy eating. My preschooler is big on picking between two given options because it makes her feel more grown up.
We also really try to cut down on our throw away habits, like an over-use of ziploc bags and disposable containers. To do that we’ve embraced lunch box systems, often called bento boxes, where the containers nest together, creating compartments that separate foods from each other.In an effort to find the best bento, I reached out to several highly rated lunch box companies and requested samples. This is the first of a series of reviews that eventually be aggregated into a single post weighing each against the others. For the sake of full disclosure, I did receive the Laptop Lunches Bistro Bento Box 2.0 free of charge in return for my review of the product. Everything included in this review are my own unfiltered beliefs about the integrity and usability of this product.
Sturdy and Made in the USA: The build quality is fantastic. Ours has been dropped multiple times and still looks brand new, despite the abuse. The plastic is thick and sturdy but doesn’t contain any lead, BPA, so I don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals leaching into my daughter’s food every day. That “Made in the USA” stamp means that the company is required to actually follow laws regarding the materials they use and are legally required to adhere to safety laws that companies outside of the United States often see as recommendations and suffer no legal ramifications for ignoring.
The Colors: I love all the different color combinations available. I’m not gonna lie, when asked to pick one it took me a while and I ended up just letting Harper decide.
Leak Proof: Surprisingly, it’s pretty hard to find lunch boxes that will claim to be leakproof and fulfill that promise. The Laptop Lunches Bento Box does that. The seals are tight and getting the lids off is a bit of a pain so yo know they aren’t going to pop off on their own.
A Spot for Silverwear: This is pretty novel but most bento boxes have no wear to put silverwear but this one has a slot on the right hand side where you can slip some in so your lunch can be completely self contained.
Options: Because the pieces all come out of the lunchbox, you have options. In fact this is one of the rare bento box lunch boxes I’ve found with a spot that fits a regular sized sandwich!
Easy to Clean: For those most part, this lunch box is easy to clean, Everything wipes out easily and the texture on the inside is smooth so food doesn’t really want to stick to it. We don’t have a dishwasher, unless you count Guy, but according the their website all the components are dishwasher safe.
Lots of Moving Parts: While I love the versitiliy of this lunch box, there are a lot of parts and because of that it is important to be hyper vigilant about fully assembling the entire lunch box before it gets put away and makes it easier to lose things.
Size: It doesn’t fit into either of my daughter’s lunch boxes. Neither Iron Man nor the Disney princess brigade could hold this one which is an issue because my daughter doesn’t have access to a fridge at school and thus her lunch boxes have to be stuffed with ice packs to keep everything cool though out the day.
Better Suited for Big Kids: This lunchbox seems much better suited for older children or adults who have the strength to actually open the lunch box and the internal containers. Since I work from home and my husband already has a dedicated lunch box, I’m not sure this will get much use until my daughter is older and can actually open and close it by herself.