I can’t believe summer is coming to a close… and quick! For all my other teacher friends, how do the weeks fly by so quick? It must be age. When I was a tween, I remember I couldn’t wait to get back to school to see my friends. Basically, by July 1st, I was all summered out. Not anymore! When you have young children, summer no longer consists of lounging around doing nothing all the live long day or Netflix marathons for days on end. Case in point, the first summer after we got married, Healthyish Hub and I watched the ENTIRE SERIES of Lost. Now, we are LOST (Ha!) somewhere in the middle of Breaking Bad and Mad Men. Don’t ask me the last episode we watched of either. Can’t remember. IT’S SO SAD! Thankfully, my baby girls are adorable most days and hilariously annoying other days, but I wouldn’t trade all the Netflix binges in the world for ’em. Now, where was I going with this post…
OH RIGHT, BACK TO SCHOOL!
You guys, Healthyish Girl is going to school for the first time this year! *cue the tears!!!! We have been so fortunate that my mother has been able to watch her thus far, but now that she’s 4, it’s time. She’s going to school with Mama! I have so many mixed emotions. Will she be okay socially since she’s never been to daycare? Will she be the bossy girl that says, “You can’t be my friend anymore!” (Please God, no!) Will she get in trouble for interrupting, not listening, or basically disobeying the teacher? For such a control freak, it’s hard for me to let her go (even though it’s just a little) and allow her to spread her wings. But she is SO EXCITED. I hope that lasts forever because apparently someone who is very closely related to her basically cried for the entire first semester of school. 😐 (hint, it was me.)
So, with back to school on all of our brains, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite lunch items that I use to pack all of our lunches during the school year. Healthyish Girl and Healthyish Babe have been eating at home with Nanny, but packing a lunch for them too makes it easier for Nanny and more exciting for them. (What did Mama pack for me today?!) Plus, then HG can’t talk my mom into making her, oh let’s say, a PB sandwich with honey every single day. (Grandparents are so easy.)
You can find ALL my favorite lunch items on Amazon, where all our dreams come true.
Easy Lunchboxes are pretty awesome, affordable, and durable. They are made of plastic, so if I take my lunch in them, I never microwave my food in them (because I’m a freak) and I put my food on a plate (NOT STYROFOAM, weirdo me) to heat it up. But besides the plastic factor, they work great! I love that they have 3 different compartments and they come in a pack of 4! You can’t beat the price!
Inside my little Easy LunchBox is a smaller container, called mini dippers, that is PERFECT for sauces or dips. I love that it fits inside the lunchbox as well!
If you guys don’t use Thermos Funtainers, You need to! Especially with kiddos. This one has warmed baked beans and chicken nuggets in it, and yes, they are still warm! (I put super hot water in the thermos and let it sit while I warmed up the food, then I dumped the water out and put the food in!)
Also in this picture is my very favorite water bottle of all time, the Hydro flask. I have no one to blame for this, except my brother. He ordered that bad boy and when it came in, it was the wrong size. I told him I’d return it for him, but then decided I loved the color so much, I would just keep it. (What a great reason to make such an expensive purchase. Also, yes, I paid him back.) Up until then, I had been religiously using my lifefactory bottle daily for my water intake. Which was great! Except it doesn’t keep it cold and summer was upon us. After trying this bottle and having ice cold water all day long, I was hooked! A good investment if you are trying to up your water intake!
Not in this picture, but other items I love to use when making lunches, especially kid lunches, are silicone baking cups like these. You can put trail mix, small pieces of fruit, sliced veggies, and divide up the larger compartment of the Easy Lunchboxes more. My daughter is a nibbler, like most I’m sure, so having lots of different (healthy) options in her lunch box helps her eat more.
If you want to get really fancy with cheeses or veggies or even sliced meat, check out these stainless steel shape cutters. HG gets so excited if she has flower cheese or cucumbers.
As far as a lunch box to contain all of your hard work, I recently purchased a Sprout lunchbox for myself (because I’m a child. And the silver mesmerized me.) and I was pleasantly surprised with how big it was! I got it because it was square and I wanted the Easy Lunchbox to easily fit in the bottom of it without having to be turned on its side. Well, this lunchbox still had TONS of room on top after putting in the Easy Lunchbox container. I could pack my breakfast and snacks in it, too! So, if you have a tiny baby you’re sending to school, you might get this lunchbox and think it’s too big. I totally get that. I would just say if you are going to use the Easy Lunchbox containers and you don’t want a mess on your hands, try to find a square lunchbox. I also love that this Sprout lunchbox has a handle that snaps open and closed so I can snap it to my bag at the end of the day if my hands are full! And geez, look at the adorable choices of those things!!! Whales! (My choice) Elephants! So cute.
So, if you are hoping to make better choices for your family and want to start sending your kids to school with healthier lunch options, make a few purchases to get out of the sandwich rut! (Though a sandwich will easily fit into the Easy Lunchbox, lol)
And after you spend all your money on Amazon and curse me under your breath, I hope you have a GREAT back to school week. We are just a couple weeks away here! Mama has to go back next week to get all inserviced up before my kids come back. And then I’ll be dropping my baby off and LEAVING HER IN THE HANDS OF A STRANGER FOR AN ENTIRE DAY, no big deal, really. (Pray for me, you guys)
Have any lunch secrets??
Are you sending a baby off to school, too?