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Fun Packed Lunch Products
Most moms start panicking when September rolls around: what to pack for kids' lunches every day? Having the right containers, lunch boxes, and tools can go a long way in helping you pack healthy, interesting, and delicious lunches that your kids will gobble up. Below are some of our favorite products for making the daily lunch conundrum.
Need some tips on packing lunches?
- Make - and shop for- a menu at the beginning of each week and post it on the refrigerator, so that when you wake up in the... morning you don't have to even think about what you'll be packing.
- Cut up veggies and portion them, as well as items like snacks or applesauce, into individual serving containers. Store them in the fridge so that you just need to grab and go.
- Teach your kids to unpack their lunchboxes onto the kitchen counter by the sink and replace ice packs in the freezer. That way you'll get lunchboxes and containers emptied and cleaned, ready for the next day.
- After dinner, pack lunch-worthy leftovers right into portioned containers so they'll be ready to pop into the lunchbox the next day.
- When packing hot foods into a thermal container, warm up the container with some boiling water and let it sit while you're heating up the food. It'll help keep the contents warm for longer.
- When shopping for containers, make sure to think about the types of foods you'll be packing to make sure you get appropriate sizes and shapes. Divided containers should have compartments that are big enough for the portions your child will eat. And be sure to buy a few small, leak proof containers for condiments like ketchup, hummus, or salad dressing, for dipping.
- Flexible silicone cupcake molds make good dividers in a larger container.
- Do double duty: Make a batch of Deviled Egg Salad, for instance, and serve it one day in a sandwich and another on a bed of lettuce.
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Din Din Smart Mealtime Set
Fun for preschool and kindergarten students, this stainless steel meal set is shaped like a school bus and has five compartments to keep foods separate. The lid is free of Phthalates, BPA and PVC. The set includes a fork and spoon in a carrying case, as well as a bowl and mug to use at home. It's available in pink, blue, and green.
Buy the Din Din Smart Mealtime Set.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
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Sistema Snack Attack Containers
These rectangular containers from Sistema have a main compartment, plus a small lidded section for a condiment. The possibilities are endless: hot-dog chunks plus ketchup, yogurt plus granola for sprinkling, veggies plus dressing, or pretzel sticks plus mustard. It has a total capacity of about 1 3/4 cup, and the clip-on lid is easy for small hands to work. The plastic is Phthalate and BPA free.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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LunchBots Condiment Container
A quesadilla is way better with salsa, and veggies are more fun with ranch dressing or hummus. Kids love to dip, and these little 1.5-ounce containers are perfect for any sort of sauce, dressing, or dip... or even little snacks like a handful of candies or dried fruit. They are made of stainless steel and have a leakproof, screw-off cap. They come in a set of three.
Buy a set of LunchBots Condiment Containers.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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To-Go Ware Utensil Sets
Budding environmentalists will appreciate this gorgeous utensil set made of renewable, sustainable bamboo. The knife, fork, and spoon fits in a little canvas pouch with a velcro closure. The pouches come in different colors.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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Icy Cool Reusable Lunch Mats
These flexible ice packs are made to be durable, with a 4-layer construction of BPA-free plastic. But even if they do leak, there's no scary mystery fluid dripping out, it's just purified water inside. The mats will keep things cold for 4 to 6 hours and can fit inside a lunchbox or a 6-can cooler. Bonus: They're under $2 apiece so you can buy a bunch to use for coolers, lunchboxes, and even emergency ice packs!Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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Contigo Scout Food Jar
This 10-ounce vacuum sealed food container will keep soups, pasta, or other foods warm for 5 hours or cold for 7 hours. It has a non-stick base, a side handle, and a lid that's easy to grip and open even for little kids.
Buy the Contigo Scout Food Jar.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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Camelbak Eddy Water Bottles
These cute water bottles are the perfect bridge between a little kids' sippy and an adult travel bottle. There's a .6 liter version for older kids and a .4 liter version for younger ones, and a bunch of fun patterns to choose from in both sizes. Replaceable caps and straws means you won't have to throw the whole thing away if you lose a straw or the cap gets mildewed. It's made of BPA-free Tritan plastic that won't absorb odors or tastes. The sippy valve flips down to... prevent leaks, and a loop in the handle allows it to clip to a backpack or lunchbox.