As a family registered dietitian nutritionist I often hear from friends, “What’s in your child’s lunch box?” For my 4 year old, most days I use the bento box system. Somehow having the little containers lined up inside this box makes packing easier.
The system contains one large box with reusable containers that fit inside. It can then be carried in a thermal square shaped container of your choice. There are NO phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), or lead in the packaging. I suggest ordering a couple extra containers WITH lids. I often include dips, dressings, or yogurt and come up short on lids.
You may also want to purchase re-usable sandwich baggies. I’m searching for good brands on the market that are safe and will last –please comment if you have any suggestions. Re-usable sandwich bags are great for foods like pepper slices, whole grain pretzels or whole wheat pita breads.
Here is one day’s sneak peek into my daughter’s recent lunch box:
Develop a system that works for you to stream line packing lunch for your child or children. Try packing lunch while prepping or cleaning up lunch or dinner the day before to make mornings less hectic. Once you get a few successful healthy lunches your child eats and an easy system in place you’ll find packing up a quick lunch a breeze. Check back for more tips on packing lunch for your child. And visit meal time tips.
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