It is weird that the first week of school is almost complete for the girls. I started back on campus today and have already gotten tasks to complete for new research work, which also means that my break from late nights has ended. Besides making sure we have a set morning and night routine, a big aspect of school is what everyone will eat for lunch. Now Little K’s lunches are provided at her preschool so I typically do not stress over them except to make sure they have her milk.; and I typically take my lunch to campus with random purchases when I have a craving for Mediterranean (something I have not mastered)…
Big K is the main person that I take deep consideration in on school lunch for she is selective and I’m not a fan of cafeteria food. Now I will say that cafeteria food has advanced and they try to provide healthier options BUT they are limited. I will also admit that every now and then Big K will get cafeteria lunch but it typically happens when I have pulled an all-night study session OR we do not have anything in the house.
I decided that I would really try to make school lunch a priority this year and focus on making more homemade items versus the processed products — which in our home is the soup, fruit snacks, and granola bars. A typical lunch for Big K is a sandwich or crackers with a topping or soup. I have begun researching what others serve for healthy school lunches and thought of what would make her interested to eat her entire lunch (I know I am not alone on a child that will waste a sandwich).
Once you know what type of food to pack in your lunch you have to take into consideration the containers and how to make sure the lunch remains proper temperature and safe for our environment. When Big K started first grade we made the switch to reusable containers and reusable sandwich bags – with the best option being containers. I know there are various options out there but our favorite containers are made by Fit & Fresh.
We began using their containers after our move to Lexington — we had seen them in a store and I appreciated that the chiller was attached to the container. Having it all in one prevents someone forgetting to pack the chiller OR having multiple chillers on hand OR your child accidentally tossing the chiller. Additionally, the chiller does not have to be put with the container — you can just use the container for non-cold items. Another luxury about the containers is that you can microwave them which is perfect for me taking leftovers in my lunch.
Fit & Fresh has a variety of containers to select from but the faithful ones in our home are the lunch pod and the cup chillers. The newest products now have soft touch lids and the chillers coordinate with the color of the top (which was a wow for Big K). For fun they also have interactive lunch pods such as the Basketball lunch pod (which we own), and they also have a selection of bento box containers for those parents who like the ability to put the meal in one container. Finally my other love of these containers is that everyone can work with them and not ask for assistance by me or a person at their school — and I can use them just for the home.. I constantly put my cut up smoothie fruit in a container and freeze it.
I thought I would provide you images of our Big K lunches for the week.
As you can see the lunch pods allow for you to have multiple components in the lunch with the use of silicone muffin cups or other lunch accessories. We typically use two containers for one lunch but I do plan on investing in a Fit & Fresh bento box to reduce the amount of dishwashing at night. You can also see in the Thursday picture the coordinating chiller for the pears cup container.
I have three sets you could enter to win:
- One set of the lunch pod and 2 cup chiller
- Two sets of two 2 cup chillers