The Lunch Box has changed from a box with a thermos to one with multiple containers and compartments, modeled on the Japanese bento boxes. There are many choices on the market today. Soft-sided insulated cooler bags are durable and easy to clean. Kids can used small eco-friendly stainless steel containers made especially for lunch kits that are available in every size and shape. Thermoses are terrific for keeping food cold or hot. Kids can heat up the thermos by filling them with boiling water for a few minutes before dumping it out and filling it with hot soup. Or stick the thermos in the freezer before adding fresh juice.
Compartmentalizing the moist guacamole, the juicy salsa, and crisp chips makes lunch fun and interesting. Warm lunches, like spaghetti, can be packed in a thermos and enjoyed with a crisp salad in a separate container. Easily bruised fruit can be sliced and ready in its own container or protected in a bag . A watertight jar is perfect for sauces, dips, and puddings. Adding a small ice pack is helpful when it is hot outside.
Kids can help with the food shopping, prepping, and packing their favorite foods into their lunch boxes, like leftover pasta from dinner or waffles from breakfast. Instead of using overpackaged, overpriced products, processed with too much salt, sugar, fat, and additives, kids can assemble their own meals. Organic whole wheat tortillas wrapped around rice and veggies from last night’s dinner, graham crackers with peanut butter and jelly, hummus with organic carrots, or left over baked potato with beans are quick and easy ideas that kids love. Using leftovers or making organic slaw, pasta, quinoa, lentils, or rice ahead saves preparation time. Kids can pack lunches with healthy, easy, affordable, and delicious home made meals. Quality healthy food fuels busy brains.