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. 🙂 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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School Lunch Scrapbook- Part 1

Hi Everyone!

Today I’m posting even more pictures of my lunches I pack for school. Not only are these ideas for lunch healthy, but they also do not take a ton of time to make. Many people have pretty packed schedules, (just like I do) and have a small amount of time to pack their lunch, so these lunches are excellent ideas for those busy nights. The featured containers used are my Yumbox Panino, Planetbox Rover, and my Ziploc Divided Container.

This lunch is served in a pink Yumbox Panino. I have a spinach/plain organic hummus/ cherry tomato/sliced turkey whole-wheat wrap, cucumber slices, plain yogurt mixed with pure maple syrup and pomegranate seeds, and some cashews.

Pictured Lunch: A whole wheat almond butter/banana wrap, plain yogurt with some pomegranate seeds and a little pure maple syrup, cucumber slices, and cashews.

This lunch is again served in a Yumbox Panino. (it's one of my favorite containers!) I have a whole grain pasta sald with mozzarella cheese, carrots, tomatoes, spinach, and a bit of organic

Pictured Lunch: A whole-wheat pasta salad with parmesan cheese, bell peppers, tomatoes, spinach, and some olive oil/salt, blueberries, and “PB &J Yogurt” (a recipe from weelicious)

This lunch is served in a Ziploc Divided Container. (Note: these containers are no longer available for purchase) I packed a caprese' salad made with spinach/tomatoes/mozzarella cheese (with pesto on the side), some plain yogurt mixed with blueberries/pure maple syrup, and a homemade whole-grain pumpkin muffin from 100 Days of Real Food.

Pictured Lunch: A spinach caprese salad with tomatoes, mozzarella, spinach, and pesto (on the side), a whole-grain pumpkin muffin, and plain yogurt mixed with blueberries and maple syrup.

In this lunch (served in a Ziploc container), I have blueberries, a mini salad with olive oil and Parmesan cheese, a green smoothie pop (made with kale, banana, mango, and plain yogurt) organic ham, and

Pictured lunch: a green smoothie pop (made with mango, banana, pineapple, spinach, and water), a sunflower seeds/raisins mix, organic ham slices, blueberries, and a small salad with olive oil and parmesan cheese.

Yum! This lunch, served in a Ziploc container, has blueberries, golden cherry tomatoes, and a whole grain, homemade pumpkin pancake and cream cheese sandwich.

Pictured Lunch: Homemade whole-wheat pumpkin pancake sandwich with cream cheese, golden cherry tomatoes, and blueberries.

This lunch, served in the PlanetBox, has a whole grain peanut butter and honey sandwich, a berry mix, yellow bell pepper slices with organic ranch dip, mozzarella with olive oil and basil, and dark chocolate chips for a treat.

Pictured Lunch: Whole Wheat peanut butter-honey sandwich, strawberries/blueberries, bell peppers and homemade ranch dip, sliced mozzarella cheese with basil, salt, and olive oil.

In this lunch, served in the Ziploc container, I have watermelon, kale chips (recipe coming soon!) and a whole wheat wrap with hummus, sliced turkey, cheddar cheese, and yellow/red tomatoes.

Pictured Lunch: Whole Wheat Wrap with organic turkey, hummus, and cheddar cheese, and cherry tomatoes, watermelon balls, and homemade kale chips.

I hope these lunch ideas helped you! Please comment below what your favorite lunch idea is.