Lunch packing is something I am quite familiar with. If you are a regular visitor here on the blog or you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I pack lunch for my kids every day. I usually use the same lunchbox containers for the most part, but sometimes, the meals dictate which containers I will send to school with the kids.
When I was a kid, I had a variety of different lunch boxes that I remember. I remember The Brady Bunch, and I remember Strawberry Shortcake…of course from different parts of my elementary school lunch packing days…
Now, that there are so many different kinds of lunch boxes to choose from, it actually makes my life easier! Last month, I was able to attend a Bento Workshop by Kat Maderazo in Common Thread.
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Kat packs lunches that are not only nutritious but super fun! You can follow her on Instagram.
This was actually our first event for the day that we would attend together. We still had two more activities to join after this and it was perfect that Miguel got to pack a little snack in case he got hungry while we were driving all around the metro.
What I liked about these Lex N go containers was that you can collapse them for easy storage, or even for easy packing while you are creating your child’s lunch. The containers are also easy to wash, to freeze, to use in the oven and the microwave oven as well. That makes it a really great option, not just for the kids, but also if you pack your hubby’s lunch and send him off to work as well.
I ran into another friend (in fact we were seatmates) who shared that when she packs her kids’ lunches she actually sits down with them and plans the menu for the week for each kid. She said that the lunch box almost always comes home empty, and if they don’t finish everything during snack and lunch time, then they are sure to finish up their food in the car on the way home from school.
Packing the lunches with the kids is also a good way to give them the healthy choices that you want to see them make. By offering them two different kinds of fruit, you are not only empowering them to make the choice, you are ensuring the fact that they are eating FRUIT. (You see that teacher trick again?)
The kids can use these dippers for carrot sticks and hummus or home made ranch dressing.
Our bento workshop also had a partner in Gouache lunch bags. These bags are the perfect partner with the LexNgo containers and can make for very easy handling for the kids. My kids don’t actually enjoy holding a lunch box in their hands. They want something to sling over their shoulder (or on their backs) so that they can keep their hands free to carry all the other things they bring to school on a daily basis.
There were so many different styles of containers to choose from…even some that can just be used every day for a pop of color in the house…
But the collapsible option is so key here for this particular container…imagine the space you are saving! Plus, if you have kids who sometimes lose their utensils? You can opt for the containers with the built in plastic cutlery. It has the space and cover so that the utensils stay clean and safe, and are put back into the container to make sure they go home again.
Like these Alex and Ani bracelets…
But it was good clean fun packing lunches and learning about how to make them more interesting with friends like Issa and Anna.
And friends like Kaye 🙂