Looking for a Lunchbox.
I’m on the lookout for a lunchbox. I currently use the Nude Food Movers Lunchbox which, don’t get me wrong, is really great. It has removable lids, two little leak-proof containers for fruit or yoghurt (or even juice!), it has space for a sandwich (or inserted container of pasta/rice) and you can even fit a whole apple in the side. It fits nicely in the kindy fridge stacked with all the other kids’ lunchboxes. If I had one complaint, it would be that fitting it in the dishwasher is unwieldy. I hate having to remove the partition lids so food tends to get stuck in the tight corners. Also after over 2 years of constant use (and abuse), the lids don’t like clipping together so much anymore.
I took a photo of Aspen’s lunch this morning:
I like the whole bento trend. If there’s one part of parenting that stresses me out the most, it’s meal planning and cooking. I suck at it. About the only thing I enjoy about the cooking process is the chopping part. How much fun is chopping?! SO MUCH!! Hence why the kids’ meals tend to be one-pot creations with vegies chopped into it and left to cook while I do something else I enjoy… like playing My Little Ponies or drawing on the footpath with chalk…
So! The kind of lunchbox I’m on the lookout for has to have the following: lots of little compartments, not too many moving parts (I WILL lose them in the daily chaos that is my house) and easy to throw in the dishwasher at the end of the day.
Ever since the eco-friendly Goodbyn came out years ago I’ve lusted after it, but have since read lots of reviews that it’s really large and hard for little kids to use so am considering their smaller version, The Bynto.
I asked you guys on Facebook what your recommendations were and have rounded them all up here. Feel free to add any others you like in the comments. The Tupperware and Planet Box models were highly recommended.
Also, I thought I’d share a tip with you that has come in handy when making lunches. The kidlet won’t eat apples because of the skin which meant nixing it from kindy lunch rotation until a reader suggested the salt water trick. I’ve been using it for months now and it really works! (I know because the days when she doesn’t eat it, I have a nice afternoon snack left in the lunchbox… What?!! Don’t tell me you haven’t eaten your kids’ leftovers…) Postscript: Obviously if your kid will eat the skin, leaving it on is far more nutritious.