Back to Lunches- My Favorite School Lunch Containers 2015

Hi Everyone!

Yes, it is the start of going back to school. No more pool games, summer camps, beach days. Instead, those are replaced with swim practice, music lessons, friends, and, of course, packing lunches for school. To give you some tips for packing healthy lunches this year, I’m posting a few different posts, each for going “Back to Lunches” as I’m calling it. ūüôā So, without further ado, here are some reviews of great school lunch supplies!

  1. Yumbox- 

This is one of my absolute favorite containers! I have both the original and panino versions, and they both work great. First of all, they are leakproof, which is great for lunches with yogurt, hummus, juicy watermelon, or applesauce. Second, they fit in most normal sized school lunch bags. and lastly, they are the perfect size for a healthy lunch. The original yumbox (6 compartments) even has labels in each compartment for the food groups, which is great for younger kids, while the yumbox panino has more space for older kids and adults. You can find this lunch box on Amazon or at yumboxlunch.com.

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2. Planetbox-

The Planetbox is another great container. It comes in three styles, and though I do not own all 3, I can review the one I have, which is the Rover. It is stainless steel, making it great to put in the dishwasher and better for the environment. However, I find my Planetbox to be a bit big, it is not leakproof, and it is also the most expensive as you have to buy a special carry case to fit the container. I cannot speak to the other containers offered, the Shuttle and Launch boxes, but I think that I would probably like the shuttle lunch box because of its smaller size. Overall, though, the Planetbox is durable and good someone who needs bigger portions.

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3. Sistema lunch containers-

These lunch boxes are easy to find, but they are plastic and tend to not last as long as the others. You can easily find them at stores like Walmart, Target, or even Old Navy, but they will not last quite as long. However, if you are looking for a container that is inexpensive and easy to find, this is a great container!

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4. Easy Lunchboxes-

This lunchbox is true to its name, as it is certainly easy! Though they will not last for a long time, it is great for an easy pack and go lunchbox, and you can find it quickly on Amazon. It is similar to the Ziploc containers that I like (which have sadly been discontinued) as it is plastic and very inexpensive, coming in packs of four. It also fits in most normal-sized lunchboxes.

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5. Bentology/ Laptop Lunches-

Personally, I do not own this lunch container, but I wanted to include them because they have great reviews. These lunchboxes are the perfect size, because they have 4 removable compartments, 2 that come with lids and are leakproof. Plus, the whole thing has one lid that is easy to open. I’m not sure if it fits in normal sized lunchboxes, but I believe it fits in bigger lunchboxes such as Lands End’s soft sided lunch bag. There are lunchbags sized for the containers that you can purchase.

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6. Lunchbots-

Though this another container I have not yet purchased, there are great reviews. It is stainless steel, making it better for the environment, and it fits in normal-sized lunchboxes. They come in 1-5 compartment boxes, and they are also pretty inexpensive. Though it is not leakproof, I believe this is a good lunchbox.

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5 Tips and Tricks for Eating Real Food on the Road

Hi Everyone!

Today I’m posting some tips and tricks for traveling as a foodie. This summer, I traveled cross-country with my family for two weeks. What we saw each day was incredible, an amazing experience I’ll never forget! From the Grand Canyon to Moab, Mount Rushmore to Niagara Falls, everyone should experience this trip in their lifetime.

As far as the food aspect of the trip goes, we found a lot of real food options along the way, but in some areas more than others. I have to say, my family was extremely considerate of my preference for real food! Some places we stayed didn’t have a lot of healthy options, but others (such as Boulder, CO and Moab, UT) had real food options at nearly every restaurant. Read on to my tips below for how we ate mostly real food on our road trip.

  1. Pack some food for the trip in advance.

Before we left for our road trip, we packed some food for snacks and simple healthy meals. We brought some Larabars and other real food snack bars, good whole grain bread, 1-ingredient nut butter, some applesauce packets, whole grain crackers, and some fruit, veggies, and cheese sticks/circles in the cooler. These items were great for days where the breakfast offered at our hotel buffet wasn’t ideal, and also for quick and easy lunches in the car.

2. Try out the local restaurants in the area.

Typically, we would make our own breakfast or lunch in the car, and for dinner we would go out at a local restaurtant in the area we stayed in. Unfamiliar, local restaurants/ breweries (my parents liked those) normally have farm to table food with simpler ingredients.

3. Order simple, plain items off of the menu at chain restaurants. 

At chain restaurants (think Cracker Barrel, Applebees) order a variety plain, side items and supplement a snack you brought if necessary. We personally didn’t eat at a lot of chain restaurants on our trip (if we even did at all), but sometimes it is the only option.

4. Stop at health food stores along the way.

On our trip, we found a few stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joes, especially in some areas. These stores, of course, offer a lot of real food options, so they were great to stop at, AND some even serve breakfast, lunch, or dinner, like Whole Foods. As you can see, the smoothie bar at Whole Foods (this one was in Colorado) is a great place for breakfast!

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5. Be flexible, and enjoy your trip!

Overall, the best idea is to be flexible on your vacation. If you eat real food at home, it is okay to have an occasional treat! And, after all, it is important to enjoy the experience of your vacation!