September is here and with it the flurry of back-to-school prep. Even though at just 13 months our daughter is still far away from her school days, it doesn’t stop me from wondering how we’ll handle her lunches when she’s off on her own for the day. (gulp!)
While there’s lots of debate about what should gointo the lunch box (and yes, I have very strong opinions on this one) today I want to talk about the lunch box itself.
I distinctly remember the old lunchbox I had when I was a kid. It was a big old clunky thing that hinged in the middle. A thermos of milk clamped into the top half and in the bottom my cream cheese sandwich, crusts trimmed off, cut into perfect quarters, and meticulously wrapped in waxed paper by my mom. She even used tape. (!?) On a good day there were a couple of cookies. Usually it was a baggie of carrot sticks. Sometimes an apple. Even though I hated the food (except the cookies, of course), I loved the order of it all.
Oh how times have changed! I can’t imagine eating a cream cheese sandwich for the life of me, but I confess that my love of little neat compartments of food has not abated. What delight when I had the good fortune to try out a new lunchbox by PlanetBox.
The old creaky lunchbox has certainly had an upgrade. Sleek padded case for the little compartmentalized stainless-steel lunch box, complete with a “dipper” perfect for your hummus or some pâté. It’s like the perfect little bento box you can fill with the food of your choosing. It’s dishwater safe, chemical-free, and lets you have a waste-less lunch. Good for you and the planet, it’s a container worthy of the effort you go to making your family and yourself a nourishing midday meal. It even comes with print magnets to pretty up the box.
If you’re in need of school lunch options for the kids, or even if you don’t have kids and want an eco and effective container to bring your own food to work, I encourage you to check out Planet Box. (Don’t worry – you don’t need to get the box with butterflies and lady bugs – there’s an adult version in all black.)
By Margaret Floyd, NTP HHC CHFS
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