When my older kiddos finally started school I went on an exhaustive hunt to find THE perfect lunchbox for them. If I didn’t find the perfect lunchbox it could possibly ruin their entire school experience, moms stress about things like this because we’re crazy. I loved the of bento lunches that let them have a few bites of a bunch of stuff rather than the typical sandwich in a paper sack.
After researching I had narrowed my choice down to either the Bentgo Kids or the Yumbox. I read reviews all over the place, weighed options, weighed pricing. I ultimately found a Groupon deal for the Bentgo Kids so I figured we’d give them a shot. I have to say we’ve been using them now for almost 3 years and I don’t really have any complaints. They’ve worked exactly like I wanted. They insulate a fair amount so food stays warm or cold (it’s not perfect but does the job), they stay closed when being tossed around the hallways by kindergarteners, we’ve never had a leak.
I enjoy making their lunches in these much more than putting together a sack of chips or something, I can grab a few items in the fridge and give them a well rounded meal without really having to pre-plan. It’s always things we have on hand. For the main dish part of their meal I either throw in leftovers or make kid friendly simple things. I try to stay as non-sandwich as possible.
Here’s a short list of some things we use for lunches,
and many more ideas over here on my Pinterest Board
Mini Naan pizzas
Wrap roll ups
Half hardboiled egg
Trail mix (nut free of course)
Ants on a log
We’ve used liquid-ish things too with success dips like ketchup or ranch, applesauce, yogurt, etc.
What are your go-to lunch ideas for your small ones?