Listen, I am busy. I've got four little kids, two cats, a husband, and a mountain of laundry that never seems to go away. I've got way better things to do with my time than carefully treating cut apples to keep them from browning. It's funny though, the things that never occur to you until other people mention it. I've been putting apples in the lunches since the beginning of lunches, and never really given it much thought. They're just apples. I cut them, they eat them.Read More
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My posts about lunches that I pack without sandwiches are always the most popular. I love a good sandwich, but nobody wants to eat that every day!
For your viewing pleasure, I've taken some of my personal favorite no-sandwich lunches and built a little video about them, with some pointers about what to include and some of my favorite tips for how to make them amazing.
All of these lunches are packed in my forever favorite EasyLunchboxes. Enjoy and happy lunch packing!
It's been a while since I've found something new that I'm so excited about that I wanted to shout it from the rooftops - but we have new snack boxes.
You may already know that EasyLunchboxes are my favorite, and most recommended, box for packing school lunches. We've loved these since we started packing lunches, and now there's a new one to choose from.
This is the new EasyLunchboxes snack box! I think it's absolutely perfect. It's the same genius design as the original, easy to use and pack, easy to clean, just in a smaller size.
This is perfect for snacks, but it's also an awesome size lunch box for your little eaters with smaller appetites.
One of the things I love about it is that it has four compartments. This makes it really easy to pack a well balanced lunch or snack. I follow a simple formula for packing: protein + vegetable + fruit + carb. Having a container with four sections makes this easy!
Sometimes you get in a rut and you have to change things up just to stay motivated to keep going.
I have been using our EasyLunchboxes since my oldest two were in preschool. I still have my original set, and they are still awesome. They are absolutely still my top recommendation for basic, easy, and cost effective lunch packing.
But, I have to be honest, after 6 years, of multiple lunches every day, for 180 days of school, I just got a little bored with them. I was having a hard time figuring out why I just couldn't get motivated for lunch packing this school year, and trying to figure out what I could do to get my groove back.
And I finally found it. New lunchboxes!
I've been using the Yumboxes for a couple weeks and I am having fun making lunches again. I love all the bright colors, and the little sections, and the fact that they are totally leakproof is just opening up a lot more easy lunch choices.
I've known about these boxes for a long time. We had a snack sized box for a long time, and I've loved it. But I resisted buying the lunch size. I had a few reasons, one being storage space and another being price. I make four lunches, so that adds up in terms of buying lunch containers. But I finally decided I was ready to try them out. At first I bought just one and used it for a week or two. And I fell in love. I don't know if I can even tell you exactly why, but they really do make it more fun. I love getting creative with what I can put in each little section, and there are things I am packing now that avoided packing before.
When they say these don't leak, they aren't kidding. I have packed ranch dip, yogurt, applesauce, jam, ketchup, and more - without a single leak. The lid closes really snug - but it's not hard to close!
That's one of my criteria - it has to be easy to open and close. With one simple latch, all of my kids can easily open this and close it. I like that the lid is hinged - I was having a problem with one of my kids somehow leaving the lid off their EasyLunchbox altogether - so we had leftover lunch just loose and floating around in the lunch bag. But this one he closes. It's a great choice for little hands, or for someone with special needs who has a harder time opening and closing something.
The regular size comes in two different configurations - a four compartment and a six compartment. I got a couple of each. I love them both. People who pack a lot of sandwiches or other bigger things will want the bigger space in the four compartment box. If you pack more smaller nibbles, then the 6 compartment is great. I love both.
The 6 compartment is especially awesome if you are having a hard time knowing what to pack, or if you have kids who are learning to pack their own lunch. Each section is labeled with what should go in it - protein, fruit, veggie, etc.
As far as my two initial reservations, I'm over them. They are more expensive, but they are really sturdy and well made. I know people who have had these for years and they say they are still like new. The good news on the size is that they are basically the same exterior dimensions as our other containers, so they fit in all of our lunch bags just perfectly. They store just fine, I just stack them or line them up vertically.
Also, they come in fun colors, which is never a bad thing.
So - if you are looking to try something new - you can't go wrong with these!
VALENTINE'S DAY IS COMING UP, AND WOULDN'T IT BE FUN TO PACK A LITTLE EXTRA LOVE IN THE LUNCH BOX?
To help you plan ahead, I've pulled together the lunches I made for Valentine's week last year. All of these lunches were super quick and easy to make, with just a few extra little tools and accessories. You don't have to make any special foods - you can make any food look fun and special. With a few cutters, picks, and baking cups, you can add lots of little heart shaped touches to what would otherwise be a normal lunch.Read More