Tag: school lunch help

Bento goes mainstream

My kids are grazers; they’d sooner eat a whole bunch of little things than one giant sandwich. Bento systems have always been a smart option for us, as you can imagine. Now there’s a smart new one courtesy of Skip*Hop, the little mom-run company that seems intent on conquering the baby gear world, one awesome product at a time. The new Skip Hop Bento mealtime kit is a boon for those munchers among us. Six colorful square containers (all BPA and phthalate free) are the perfect size for a quarter sandwich, a scoop of pasta, or a handful of dried fruit...

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This fruit puree dispenser will be a kid’s main squeeze

You know those great little squeezable fruit and veggie purees that are such perfect, healthy, on-the-go snacks for kids of all ages? Now imagine how much better they’d be if there weren’t any garbage to throw away once the yummy stuff had been slurped out. What you just imagined right there, that’s what the good folks at The Sili Company have created. And it’s awesome. You just fill up the Sili Squeeze-anything soft, smooth and squishy will do–cap it, and you’re good to go. It’s leak-proof and made of safe BPA-free silicone. Plus the whole thing is dishwasher safe,...

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Egg-cellent lunchbox idea

In light of our recent peanut butter alternatives post, I’ve been really thinking about other ways to get protein into my kids at lunchtime, whether it’s school mandated or not. They’re hot-and-cold on hard-boiled eggs, but I’m wondering if this fun little doodad I just spotted might give them a nudge in the right direction. You just pop a freshly hard-boiled egg into the Japanese Egg Shaper, let it cool in cold water for ten minutes, and suddenly you’ve turned a boring old egg into a cute fish, car, heart or star. And as any parents know, if it’s...

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5 alternatives to peanut butter for a peanut-free classroom

I really do consider myself lucky that my kids don’t have a peanut allergy. And I consider myself more lucky that so far, kids in their classes haven’t had any that would require banning it from the classroom. Still, I know we won’t always be so lucky. And with more and more schools and after-school programs banning PB, I’ve put together a few options for you parents who might be trying to balance a peanut-loving kid with a peanut-free classroom this year. Justin’s Nut Butters I am such a huge fan of these organic nut butters (above), with flavors...

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Make lunch less of a chore with the world’s cutest personalized lunchboxes

School’s back in session, and I’m back into my daily routine of packing lunches for my sons. I’ve been trying to think of ways to make this less of a chore, and I’m pretty sure I’ve found the answer. {don’t miss an exclusive discount after the jump!] Each of these uber-cute retro preppy personalized lunchboxes from Pencil Shavings Paper is made of lead-free tin and covered in a printed, laminated high-tack adhesive. You can choose from gingham (my fave), chevrons, polka dots or stripes, and each box can be personalized with your child’s name or just an initial. But...

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Lunch notes that do more than tell your kid you love him

When my son started Kindergarten last year, I never realized how confusing the snack/lunch situation can be. As opposed to preschool, my son had to navigate his food choices on their own. I found he was devouring his sandwich at snack instead of lunch, and that some classmates were skipping lunch altogether. Fear not! We found a simple note/sticker combo that can help out. We love us...

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Back to school shopping – the best lunchbox accessories

You can’t have a back to school lunchbox without all the cool goodies inside. We’ll let you take care of the yummy food and snacks. But we’ve got you covered when it comes to all the cool accessories that definitely make lunchtime every kids favorite subject. [Don’t miss eleven tasty school lunch accessory picks after the jump!] shinzi katoh bento boxThese sweet Bento boxes are perfect for preschool snacks or lunches. ($18 at My Sweet Muffin) Lunch LinesIf their lunch doesn’t make them smile, these silly riddles will. ($10 at Chronicle Books) Robot Sandwich KeeperWe love these cool one-piece...

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Back to school shopping – the coolest lunchboxes and lunch bags.

It’s a tradition for so many families – the school year starts off with a clean new lunch box, full of promise (and not so full of last year’s peanut butter crud). Here are a few that we love because they’re not only adorable, they’re built to last. Pink Robot Lunch Box Our readers have begged us for pink robot items; leave it to Beatrix NY (at top) to have that very thing covered. ($34 at Beatrix NY) Laptop Lunch Bento System For older kids, a bento system is so practical, especially in this season’s hot purple. ($25 and up...

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Back to school shopping – better lunchbox snacks

Welcome to our second installment of our back to school shopping guide, featuring 8 better lunchbox snacks for your kids. If you’re like us, lunch packing can be a chore. To say nothing of the trips to the super market aisle in which the kids beg for any single-serving pack made with artificial goo and stamped with a cartoon character on the bag. While we love packing fresh fruit, if you’re looking for more of a treat, these 8 snacks are definitely on the healthier side.  Peeled Organic Fruit Snacks The next best thing to fruit–gently dried fruit, nothing...

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Web Coolness – adorable school lunches, breastfeeding gear and amazing children’s bedrooms from around the world

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. First-day-of-school coming up? Make lunch worthy of the big moment with these amazing boxed-lunch ideas. In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, check out Kristen’s 5 favorite breastfeeding products. (and search our archives for more great breastfeeding aides) Great read: The oxygen-mask principle as it applies to parenting. This modern dollhouse is gorgeous, inspiring and a DIY project. Just don’t let the kids see it, or they’ll ask you to make them one. (via lil magoolie) Such a smart use of under-stair space...

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Spreading the almond butter love

As someone who has a soft spot for peanut butter (a combination of words that is almost impossible to say when you’re actually eating it), we always have a jar sitting around somewhere. But the more peanuts are disappearing from schools, airplanes, and other public places that kid with peanut allergies might turn up, the more I realized it was time to check out another kind of nut butter. And this one is wonderful. Barney Butter is all-natural almond butter made with exactly four ingredients: almonds, evaporated cane juice, palm fruit oil, and sea salt. Per serving, Barney Butter...

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Metal lunch boxes like the olden days, only way cooler

Remember back when lunch boxes were actually metal? I had a Holly Hobby one I adored (no cracks about my age, please!), though if I’d had the option of having my name on the box I probably would’ve happily chucked Holly for that. Name Your Design is covering eco-friendly, lead-free tin lunch boxes in cute designs featuring your child’s name. But that’s not the only reason they’re cool. They’re taking the retro metal lunch box one step further with a chalkboard surface inside the lid. Write a sappy note, draw a little picture, or remind kids to turn in...

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A little less KINDness. Actually a good thing.

I am tired of grabbing a quick, on-the-go “power” bar for my kids (and for me), only to find yet again that we’re just eating a glorified candy bar. When I choose to put candy in my kids’ lunch, I want it to be mindfully (yay! candy!), and when I reach for a healthy snack, I actually want it healthy. And? I want healthy to taste awesome. Is that so much to ask for? My household is really digging the new KIND minis, which are smaller versions of their original gluten/wheat/dairy-free KIND snack bars. They’re approximately 100 calories, made...

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Kids water bottles get cuter by the second

We’ve been such fans of Beatrix NY over the years (you might know them as Dante Beatrix), because everything they make is pretty much awesome. Their motley little menagerie of creatures range from robots to bunnies to not-particularly-scary dinosaurs, and are now gracing quality backpacks, lunch boxes, and even wheelie suitcases for kids. Now they’ve got one more line to add to the mix: Yippee! It’s adorable water bottles. The new stainless steel kids’ water bottles will be shipping March 1, but if you can’t wait (like me) you can order them now from their site. All are BPA...

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The peas are touching my carrots!

My daughter used to be the kid who would try anything. She liked broccoli. She ate eggs. She even liked horseradish. My husband and I would brag about it. Well, now she’s a typical, picky three-year-old and she has a few eating quirks. One of them is she won’t allow her food to touch. A lot of time that means touch her mouth, but she also doesn’t like her peas to touch her pasta. The LunchBots Trio is the new line extension from CMP fave LunchBots, makers of really marvelous stainless steel food storage containers. No plastic means no...

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Know what your school needs? A bar.

Could your local school use a salad bar? Because I sure know that ours could. Well, believe it or not, you can possibly get one –free– thanks to a grant by the Salad Bar Project. But you need to hurry. Chef Ann Cooper, Whole Foods, and TheLunchBox.org are spearheading an ambitious effort to bring a salad bar to every school in America, a cost-efficient, easy way to improve overall nutrition in a world where Pizza Day is one of the healthier choices of our school menus. You’ve got until November 15 (that’s tomorrow!) to apply for a grant to...

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I just wrote to say I love you

I don’t know about you, but I’m only a few months into school lunch-making and I’m running out with ideas to keep it interesting. Mostly for me. I try to create little surprises in my daughter’s lunchbox every day, from slicing her sandwich in different shapes, to tucking in a little sticky note with a silly drawing. A couple of companies are doing some cool stuff with lunchbox notes, for those mornings you (or really, I) just don’t the creativity in me. Or, you just want to do something a little more special on extra-special spelling test/school photo/soccer game...

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Waste not. Want.

I’m definitely an eco-minded person, but I don’t think I’m alone when I admit that sometimes convenience wins out over conscience. For years I’ve stuffed my son’s lunch box with pre-packaged snacks or plastic snack bags, but I think I’ve found an even better solution. Munchboxes are the perfect way to send snack portions for your child with zero waste. Each one is made from 100% dishwasher-safe stainless steel (no BPA here), and has a main compartment with a small sealable side container to keep the cheese from touching the grapes, or the meatballs from touching the spaghetti. While...

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Take a peek in that lunchbag before National School Lunch Week is over

We know school lunches have been the butt of jokes since the invention of “mystery meat.” But, if watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution taught us anything, it is that what our kids eat at lunchtime can get better with the effort and cooperation of schools and parents. And since National School Lunch Week is just wrapping up, I thought it a perfect time to keep the discussion going with a few things we can do. For those of us whose kids eat a school-provided lunch, we can do our part by lobbying for healthier school lunches, eliminating unnecessary sugar...

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For the kid who eats like a bird

I realize that school is now in full swing, but if you have yet to find the perfect lunch box, or if your house is the mysterious Bermuda Triangle of lunch bags like mine, you can’t have too many reusable lunch bags. Particularly if they’re like these super cute canvas lunch bags from Romp. The bright, adorable designs on the canvas lunch bags for kids, like the birds (pictured), take me back to the days of the good old brown paper bag. Except with canvas and not paper. And they’re not brown. And you don’t have to scribble your kid’s name on it...

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