Sunday, August 26, 2012 / 38 Comments /

Lunchbox Packing Essentials & Tips

Monday is the first day of school for most kids here in California. My 4-year-old is starting her last year of preschool, and my 2-year-old will be starting her first year of preschool in a couple of months. Over the weekend the girls each chose a new lunchbox and we got our lunchbox making supplies ready. I recently collected a few new things to make lunchboxes easy and fun. 

Yummy Mummy Kitchen Favorite Lunchbox Supplies
  • Easy Lunchboxes. 1 large and 2 small compartments in a BPA-free lidded container. 
  • Lunchbots stainless steel quad container. This is my favorite for 2-4 year-olds who usually won't eat a whole sandwich, and prefer a bento style lunch with several different foods. 
  • Sandwich Crust Cutters . My girls get so excited when they find dolphin shaped sandwiches in their lunches. 
  • Vegetable Cutters. These  stainless steel cutters transform fruits and veggies into cute bite-sized snacks perfect for pastas and salads. They are also great for cheese shapes. 
  • Silicone Muffin Cups. I use these baking cups to divide up larger container compartments. 
  • Foogo Thermos Food Container. These stainless steel containers keep food warm. They are my go-to for soups and spaghetti in lunchboxes.
  • Cloth napkins. They are required at my girls' preschool, but cloth napkins make lunchtime a little nicer for little ones, and are nicer to the planet.
  • Ice pack. Be sure to include an ice pack if there is any food that will spoil before lunchtime.

In my 4-year-old's lunch: 

  • Almond butter and jam on whole wheat
  • Sliced peach
  • Sliced roasted beets, carrots, and microgreens  
In my 2-year-old's lunch: 
  •  Hard boiled egg
  • Peach cut into bite-sized pieces 
  • Pasta with zucchini and carrots
  • Applesauce
How to pack a healthy lunchbox:
  • Pack a protein 
  • Pack a veggie 
  • Pack a fruit 
  • Pack an additional side 
  • Pack a bottle of water
Happy back-to-school! 

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