We decided to start transitioning our kitchen items from plastic to stainless or glass. Sending a kiddo to school with glass is a recipe for disaster, so after a ton of research I purchased the Lunchbots bento boxes. Planetbox just looked so amazing, but I just couldn’t swing the cost to have a collection. It is important to be pseudo creative with my kiddo’s lunch, mostly so he doesn’t beg me for a store bought Lunchable pack. They end up being expensive to buy five a week, and they don’t offer the nutrition I’m looking for.
There are two sizes of these bento boxes. One is geared towards kids or an adult sized snack. If you are looking for a big appetite box, I highly recommend the larger bentos. My favorite for salads is the Lunchbots Bento Uno. Our second favorite large size is the Lunchbots Bento Trio, which can easily hold a sandwich and two reasonable sides.
Kiddo says the best one of “his size” is hands down the Lunchbots Quad. It allows me to make a homemade “Lunchable” but with ingredients I can control! I’ve gone to lunch with the kids at the school. It’s a ruthless bunch. I never imagined how hard kindergarten could be with peer pressure, but it doesn’t justify sending my little guy with a sugar and preservative laden meal. He gets the afternoon droopies when he finally comes off that sugar high, and it doesn’t do anyone any favors. By creating sandwiches in shapes, or even a tiny chocolate shaped like a robot, his lunch is “cool” and it’s even okay if I sneak in a veggie or two! I also use these silicone reusable muffin cups for dividers too. They’re great for baking, bendable for the bento box, and help keep droplets of juice contained when I slice up any fruits. Going zero waste gives me warm fuzzies too. We even swapped our water bottles for these amazing stainless ones!
The lunchbots have been so popular, some of the other kiddos at school now have their own. Turns out I may have to up my game, let’s all go green! We went on a field trip and were able to not even worry about finding a trash can after lunch. I’m able to have kiddo leave fruit peels in his box, and we toss in the compost bin at the end of the day. Pretty sure the school staff thinks I’m weird, but hopefully in a good way!
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