Submitted by: Heather Mangieri, RDN
When my kids were younger, using cookie cutters to create characters out of their peanut butter and jelly sandwich made me the coolest mom on the planet. Now that they’re older, dinosaur sandwiches don’t make the cut. Instead, they want quick, easy and convenient items that taste good but don’t create attention. I want them to have a nourishing meal that includes a variety of foods.
Coming up with what to pack is hard enough without having to figure out how to pack it. Just like adults, kids want their soup to remain hot, their salad to remain crisp and their foods to stay put in separate spaces. That’s where these items come in handy. These gadgets are must have items for increasing lunch box variety and keeping foods from pouring into one another.
Silicone Baking Cups
Perfect to keep foods separated without having to buy a special bento lunch box. Find any square glass container and use these to separate all or some of the food items.
A soup thermos is a must have for sending kids to school with a hot lunch. Make a big batch of chili, soup or a stew and have a healthy, hot lunch for the week.
Mini Salad Dressing Container
Salads make a great school lunch and are an opportunity to provide a variety of nourishing foods but transporting the salad dressing can be a challenge. Minimize waste and mess with these portable dressing containers.
Eating meats, cheeses, fruits and vegetables from a skewer is much more fun than eating it out of a bowl or bag. Wooden skewers can be used to create a salad on a stick too. Kids get tricked into eating healthy and they don’t even realize it.
Food safety is always a concern when packing meals to go. Be sure to have a variety of ice packs frozen and ready to go no matter what the size of the meal.