Now that I’mÂ a seasoned lunch-packing professional, I figured it might be a good time to share my knowledge. Â NOT!!! Â We’re only two days into this new adventure, and I’m totally making it up as I we go along. Â But I’m hoping that by recording this newÂ strategy, it’ll stick in my brain and actually continue to work for the remainder of my children’s school lunch years. Â Or it could jinx me and mysteriously cause the inability to have my act together ever again. Â Either way, here it is.
A few weeks ago I
eavesdropped on noticed a friend’s Facebook post about school lunches in which she suggested using some sort of bento-style lunch box because it’s easier to pack and reduces the amount of plastic baggies necessary to keep food separate. Â So I immediately turned to Amazon.com and checked out my options.
Based upon customer reviews and affordability, I choose these containers from EasyLunchBoxes.com. Â They come in a 4-pack, and are dishwasher safe and easy for Ryder to open and close by himself. Â One container fits perfectly in his lunchbox (which I found for less than $5 on clearance at Target. Â I know, right?!), and there is enough room for an ice pack and a spoon. Â There are three compartments in each container, and they hold a lot more than I thought they would. Â If you know Ryder personally, you know this is important because he is literally never full, soÂ I worried about being able to pack enough food for him to make it through the day.
So far, he has asked for a turkey & salami sandwich, an Aussie Bite, carrots, and strawberries each day. Â He also asked for cottage cheese on the first day of school, but decided he didn’t want it for lunch again after that. Â I was worried about it leaking all over the sandwich (I have an aversion to soggy bread), butÂ that didn’t seem to be a problem.
One of my biggest worries about him starting first grade had nothing to do with him and everything to do with my own organizational abilities. Â I’m afraid I’ll forget to pack and/or send his lunch. Â I’ve learned from others who have gone before me that it’s best to pack lunches the night before to avoid forgetfulness or tardiness. Â SoÂ in preparation for his first day of school I had his food packed and ready to go before dinnertime the evening before the big day. Â Just covering my bases 🙂
Now I have my third school lunch under my belt, and the secret to my success is simple. Â As soon as he gets home, he puts his lunch bag on the counter and puts his backpack away. Â I simply empty out the old container, load it in the dishwasher, and pack a fresh container with the next day’s lunch. Â It stays fresh in the fridge overnight, and all I have to do is add an ice pack in the morning.
Nothin’ fancy, but it works for me!
***Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. Â I did not receive a free set of containers for review, I just think they’re awesome and thought I’d share.