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The Best Lunch Containers for Packing Healthy Lunches

Packing epic school lunches starts with easy and fun recipes AND the right lunch box containers! In today’s post, I share with you the best lunch containers for packing healthy lunches every day. From kids to grownups most of these are for the whole family.

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2 healthy school lunch made of a turkey & veggie wrap, fresh fruit and cheese

3 Tips for Packing School Lunches Like a Pro

Whether it’s your first time making school lunches or the summer wasn’t long enough to get a break from packing food daily, you know that kids need to eat a variety of foods to get the nutrition they need to grow.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

Here is how you can add variety and simplify the lunch making process without spending an eternity in the kitchen.

  1. Start with a compartmentalized lunch container.

If you are a beginner and just want to get started, look for a container with three compartments. This way, you have fewer compartments to fill, and each will have their nutritional purpose. The more compartments, the more items you’ll need to fill, so start simple.

healthy school lunch made of a turkey & veggie wrap, fresh fruit and cheese

Learn how to pack healthy school lunches that your kids will love!

Not only do kids love “compartments” but a divided container also allows you to separate the “wet” foods from the “dry” foods. Make sure you look for one that is leak proof if you plan on sending things like yogurt or apple sauce.

The largest section will hold the main item. This can be a wrap, a pinwheel (a wrap cut into 1-inch pieces), salad, a sandwich, or even food skewered through a bento-pick.

The second compartment can hold either fruit or veggies, cut into bite sized pieces.

The third and smallest compartment can hold either fruit or veggies if you didn’t pack it in the other two, or a dip. A treat can be something as simple as fruit or an energy bite.

baked veggie falafels school lunch with veggies and yogurt tzatziki sauce

  1. Add Color.

Lunchboxes with a variety of colors and textures have a lot more eye appeal. Colorful (real) foods have a lot of nutrition, so the more you can pack in there, the better.

Add both color and nutrition by packing baby carrots, cut celery, and cherry tomatoes, for example. Other veggies that hold up well in a lunch box are broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, frozen peas, edamame, and sliced cucumbers. Try sending a little hummus or dip with the veggies for more interaction.

Adding fruit to the lunch box is another terrific way to add color. Blueberries, strawberries, apple slices, and kiwi are all great options. Do your kids love watermelon? Send that too, but make sure the compartment is sealed since it tends to release juices.

turkey and hummus pinwheels with yogurt, almonds and fruit salad

  1. Revamp those leftovers!

If it was a winner for dinner it’s a winner for lunch.

Leftover grilled chicken can be revamped into an awesome wrap, leftovers from taco night can easily be re-created into a taco salad, and meatballs can either be skewered or sent inside a thermos.

Most parents worry too much about the temperature of the food when in reality, kids rarely eat their food hot! Lunch is as much about socializing with friends as it is about actually eating the food so just make sure you pack the right utensils and you are good to go!

If you don’t have the brain power or energy left to come up with a different lunch every day and have been packing a turkey sandwich forever, here are 5 different ways to use up turkey throughout the week that incorporate today’s tips.

What do you struggle most when packing a school lunch?

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9 Top Five Lunch Containers to send your kids lunch Back to School in!

Top 5 Lunch Containers for Back-to-School

Top Five Lunch Containers to send your kids lunch Back to School in!

Top Five Lunch Containers to send your kids lunch Back to School in!

Shopping for lunchboxes can be an overwhelming task since there are hundreds of different containers to choose from. Today, I’m showing you the top 5 lunch containers our lunch plan members love.

#1 EasyLunchboxes

Easy LunchboxesThe most affordable way to have a compartmentalized container when you have multiple meals to pack.
Browse all styles and shop for EasyLunchboxes here.

Pros

  • They come four to a pack and various colors; they are dishwasher safe, and a set should last you through the school year without any issues.
  • They are a great option for young kids without assistance, and they are perfect for packing multiple lunches ahead of time and stock your fridge.
  • Made from FDA-approved, high-quality polypropylene #5 plastic; No BPA, PVC, or phthalates.
  • Great for portion control or special diet; keeps food separated; safe for microwave, freezer, dishwasher.
  • These food storage containers nest together to save space for storage. 
  • Fewer pieces, more function; pack eye-appealing meals or snacks with ease; freezable, microwaveable, portable, stackable.

Cons

  • They are not leakproof for things like applesauce or yogurt.

#2 Yumbox Lunchbox

yumbox leakproof bento box container

This is the leak-proof solution to the single tray, single lid dilemma.
Browse all styles and shop for Yumbox Lunchboxes here.

Pros

  • Leak-proof
  • They come in various sizes and compartments letting you pick whichever fits your lunch packing lifestyle best.
  • Multiple colors and various trays make give this lunch box ultimate kid-appeal.
    • All food-safe materials, BPA-free and phthalates-free. Sturdy ABS (outer box), Tritan(tray) and Silicone (seal).
    • Dishwasher safe. Top rack only.

Cons

  • The price per unit. If you have multiple kids to pack for and want to pack ahead of time it’s an investment.
  • Outer shell must be hand washed to maintain the seal.

#3 Lunchbots Containers

lunchbot containerA compartmentalized stainless steel solution that is both durable and stylish.
Browse all styles and shop for Lunchbots here.

Pros

  • Made from food-safe stainless steel with no linings or toxins.
  • Easy to clean
  • Virtually unbreakable.
  • Multiple compartment options for different lunch packing needs

Con

  • Not leakproof between compartments.
  • Price per unit. If you have multiple kids to pack for and want to pack ahead of time, it’s an investment.

#4 Rubbermaid Lunch Blox

rubbermaid lunchblox

Packing lunches is now as fun as building Legos.
Browse all styles and shop for Lunch Blox here.

Pros

  • Various shapes and sizes provide make this a great lunch solution for different foods.
  • Blue freezer pack fits between the modular containers keeping foods chilled while on-the-go.
  • Durable plastic.
  • Leakproof.
  • Microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe, BPA-free.
  • Fit in all lunch bags, regardless of size (smaller blocks only).

Con

  • These will quickly take up the entire top rack of the dishwasher.
  • Small compartments can be difficult for younger kids to open without assistance.
  • Takes up a lot of storage room.

#5 Kids Konserve Nesting Trio

Kids Konserve NestingPortable, easy to carry, durable, and great for food storage.
Browse all Kids Konserve containers here.

Pros

  • Bottoms are made from food-safe stainless steel with no linings or toxins.
  • Lids are free of BPA, phthalates, PVC and lead.
  • Easy to clean
  • Virtually unbreakable.
  • Leak-proof.
  • Affordable 3-pack to start packing.
  • Fit in all lunch bags, regardless of size. Great for packing snacks too!

Con

  • You’ll need a few sets to pack ahead of time or for multiple kids.
  • Can’t pack a standard sandwich easily, must be cut in half and inside the largest container.
  • Can be a little hard to open for the youngest kids.

While there are many other lunch containers in the marketplace, these are the ones we typically use in our meal plans and recipes and for my kids. I hope this gives you a little guidance and helps you get packing healthy and fresh school lunches. You can check out the containers and supplies we recommend to get started.

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MightyFix: Lunch Supplies Delivered to Your Door

I’m sure you can imagine how much of a fan of school lunch supplies I must be. In the last four years, I’ve collected many fabulous reusable items that help me pack fresh and healthy lunches daily. And yet, every time a box lands on my doorstep containing something useful, I’m thrilled. Every time. 

Using re-usable lunch containers, bottles, and snack bags has a huge impact on the planet. Did you know that the average school lunch creates 67 pounds of waste each year? That’s a lot of unnecessary trash! Cleaning it all up uses up a lot of resources, so I feel that by being more mindful, I play my part (when it comes to school lunch packing) to help the planet.

The beginning of the school year is an opportunity for all of us to start fresh. Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to go through 500 plastic baggies in one school year just to pack lunch? -yes, that’s what an average family goes through each year!

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That’s why I’m excited to introduce you to MightyFix. A monthly delivery of eco-friendly products delivered right to your door. Hello, convenient!

Every month I receive incredible products that help our family make healthy choices and live more mindfully.  Like, Tidy Dish Cloths to help us reduce the use of paper towels, Lunchskins Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bags, and more for ONLY $10 –that includes an awesome item or two and shipping!

If you are still using baggies here and there, don’t worry. That’s another reason to love the MightyFix. It helps us make small changes, one step at a time, one month at a time. You get used to using your reusable snack bags one month, another you get used to using a reusable drink bottle, utensils… and so on.

One small change can equal a big impact in our consumption and our wallet! That’s why I love my MightyFix.

Today I’ve partnered with MightyNest for a great special offer.  You can get your first month free when you sign up for the MightyFix!

In your first MightyFix you’ll receive 1 Reusable Sandwich Bag + 1 Reusable Snack Bag for FREE! This includes shipping! This offer is good thru 8/27 or until supplies run out.  Act fast to take advantage of this special offer.

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Here are some of my favorite things to pack inside my Lunchskins:

And another great part of the MightyFix program is that you get free shipping on anything you order from MightyNest and choose to ship with your monthly Fix.  A great way to get any additional lunch gear you might need.  Here are some of my favorites:

So, if you are like me and love to try the latest and greatest in lunch packing, use reusable containers all the time, and like surprises, check out MightyFix! Hurry, they only have a limited number of First Month Free spots available through 8/24/15 at noon. 

 

11 5 Reasons to Switch to Glass Storage Containers

I’m partnering with Mighty Nest today and giving away $150 in storage containers plus $100 towards a winners’ school! Read on to find out more. 

Are you tired of cracked plastic containers, lids that don’t match, and messy tupperware cabinets? I know I was! I couldn’t take the storage cabinet chaos anymore. Last week I switched to glass storage containers and I’m kicking myself for not doing it sooner!

glass storage giveaway mighty nest

My friends at Mighty Nest know that I like to prep for the week on Sundays and that I often have lots of leftovers to store in my fridge. I mentioned that I’ve been wanting to do something about the plastic container chaos in my kitchen and they offered to help me make the switch to glass storage.

I cannot believe I waited this long! My cabinet is organized and the glass containers fit inside each other. This completely debunked my belief that glass containers would take up more room.

glass storage containers fit in the cabinet just as well as plastic. they all fit inside each other. lids on right organized by size.

While I already had some glass and porcelain bakeware, the glass storage containers fit inside each other without any issues. I also organized the lids inside a glass baking dish arranged by size.

One of the things I loved right away is the ability to place hot food directly in the glass container. This is very helpful when you are finished with dinner and want to store leftovers quickly so you can begin washing your pots and pans. Previously, I’d wait for the food to fully cool inside the pan before transferring it; now, I can transfer the food right away and not have to wait and come back to finish cleaning up the kitchen.

Of course, once the food is cooled it gets refrigerated. I finally feel like my fridge is organized the way I want. I like that glass is clear (some of my plastic containers were not) and I can see the contents of what’s inside.

refrigerator filled with leftovers and food that is prepped in glass containers

Something else I really like is that I can prep grownup lunches in the glass containers from leftovers and they go straight inside the lunch bag. At work, we can microwave it and eat it from the same container. It’s better for the environment and our health!

Items I have: 

As you can see, I am excited to finally have made the switch to non-plastic containers for my food storage! 

If you need a couple more reasons to make the switch to glass storage containers, here are a few more:

1. Safe: No yucky chemicals to contaminate your food.

Glass is a natural material. It’s impermeable, non-porous, and above all, real (like the food you put into it). Conversely, plastic containers are made with chemicals like BPA and PVC (phthalates) to make them both hard and soft.

Plastic degrades over time, releasing these chemicals into your pure, carefully prepared food. Unlike plastic, glass can take the heat; not only in the oven and microwave, but also the hot cycle of your dishwasher, which makes it particularly easy to sanitize.

2. PracticalGlass goes from freezer to fridge to oven to table and back again.

Because glass performs safely at a variety of different temperatures, and is visually simple and attractive, you don’t necessarily have to dirty up another container to heat food that’s been stored or to serve food that’s been heated.

Glass also has a huge capacity to absorb and retain heat so when your homemade dish is made in glass, it will likely stay warm for second helpings at dinner.

3. Transparent: See your beautiful food clearly, find it easily.

No matter how hard we try to practice a first-in, first-out system when storing food in the freezer, inevitably some things get pushed to the back where they can be easily forgotten.

Storing in clear glass makes it so much easier to see what’s you’ve got. When our food is visible, we often remember to actually cook it! Some people rely on food dating to keep track of pantry staples. Washi tape adheres well to glass and a wax china marker cleans off easily.

4. It’s sustainable:
Don’t let its beauty fool you, glass is incredibly durable and holds up to years of reuse. Though it’s admittedly more expensive to purchase, glass lasts longer than plastic, is made from a sustainable resource, and is 100% recyclable. So the cost to your family, and our planet, is far less in the long run. And of course, it’s better for the earth!!
 
5. CleanFood stored in glass tastes like it’s supposed to.

Store food in glass and it won’t be altered by the flavors of previously stored food or stale refrigerator smells. Glass is non-porous and difficult to scratch (reducing the risk of trapped food particles), and there is no plastic-y taste competing with the great flavor of the food you worked so hard to make. Unlike plastic containers that go from a “new” look to a stained and scratched version quickly, glass remains looking the same.

So many benefits to having glass storage! Now for the amazing part.
Do you want to win your own sets of glass storage containers to make-over your food storage and ditch plastic for good?
Enter below for a chance to win $150 worth of storage solutions and $100 towards your school.
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