After a lot of research, I decided packing a bento-style lunch would be best for my daughter.
There are countless blog posts about the benefits of packing a bento lunch, so I won’t go into it here, but it really is cost-effective, tidy and can be really cute!
I have two different styles of boxes made for packing bento lunches: Yumboxes and Easylunchboxes. I used the leak-resistant Yumbox for all of last year. I’ve packed yogurt, applesauce, ketchup and salsa—all without issue. My only complaint is that the silicone seal seems to get a little smelly, no matter how many Pinterest methods I use to deodorize it.
I have only used the Easylunchboxes for testing purposes this summer, but they seem to hold a little more food. While they aren’t leak-proof, they are so much lighter and less fussy than the Yumbox, so I’m sure I’ll use them equally for the new school year.
My daughter’s school recognizes the importance of students getting time outside, even when it’s cold out, which I greatly appreciate. The kids have outside time right before lunch each day. I love the idea of my daughter coming back into the school rosey-cheeked, pulling off her pink mittens and sitting down to a warm meal. But she isn’t able to heat things up at school (which I completely understand from the school’s perspective).
To get around this, I purchased a stainless steel insulated food jar. During my research, I learned this about these jars: preheat them with boiling water, dump the water out, dry the container, then fill with hot food.
The Perfect Lunch