How to tackle the lunch-box dilemma
SPECIAL REPORT: BACK TO SCHOOL Find the right container to keep your child fueled
You work hard to pack your child a yummy healthy lunch for school only to have it returned uneaten in a soggy mess at the end of the day. Baffling, isn’t it? Surely your child was hungry at some point during the day.
Tackling lunch-box dilemmas can be a source of household stress, but choosing the right foods and containers for your little eater will go a long way.
With such a wide range of lunch containers to choose from, finding the right fit and style can be overwhelming. From trendy bento-box style lunch kits to simple sandwich carriers, here’s a look at the best finds to get school lunches off to a great start come September. What type of eater is your child?
From leftover pasta and rice dishes to soups and oatmeal, a thermal food system has hot-meal seeking kids covered. Look for products that keep foods hot for a minimum of five hours.
Consider food safety with a freezable lunch box. Just pop it in the freezer at bedtime and the freezable gel will keep food cold for hours the next day.
Give the classic brownbag lunch a hip update with a washable cloth lunch bag. These are also ideal for reducing backpack weight. Look for wipeable and washable materials and secure closures. A pocket or two inside is helpful for storing smaller items.
Popular bento boxes containers showcase lunchtime variety, which can be particularly helpful for picky eaters since the food compartments are all nicely separated.
Closely examine lids and seals to prevent nasty lunchtime leaks. No one enjoys eating a soggy sandwich, so choose containers with tight lids or lock seals for a squeaky-clean eating experience.
Easy on the wallet and easy to pack, wrap and sandwich-loving kids will appreciate a container made specifically for their favourite lunchtime choice. COOL LUNCH BOX FINDS:
keeps lunches nice and chill, thanks to the gel built inside. It collapses flat for storing in the freezer over night before packing a fresh meal the next day. It has a pocket for cutlery and a napkin. Eco-minded kids will adore the It’s a sweet update to brown-bag lunches and made of certified organic cotton with food-safe lining. Clean it with soap and water or pop it in the washing machine. Pack up some lunchtime joy with a
starring your child’s favourite pop culture characters. With double wall-vacuum insulation, these stainless steel jars are perfect for serving up leftovers, hot or cold. Keep backpacks light and save precious space with the
The clever kit collapses to half its size, features three food compartments and comes with a reusable fork and condiment lid.