Back to School: Packing a Healthy Lunch

Back to School Healthy Lunch

As little ones go back to school this season parents everywhere have something on their minds. What should they pack their child for lunch?   How should they pack it?

I am not packing lunches for school for my son yet but I do pack his lunches a few times a week for when we are out of the house. That means I am constantly having to use containers to carry everything we need.

Focusing on healthy eating and minimizing waste, I am excited to introduce you to a new product from Pottery Barn Kids – the Spencer Stainless Steel Bento Box.

The Spencer Bento Box is the perfect lunch container. There is lots of space to pack a full lunch and the multiple individual compartments are great for variety and to ensure the food stays where it should be. It also makes it easy  to get creative and fill each section with something fun and delicious.

Most of my son’s meals usually look like this at home (toddler friendly food):

Toddler Finger Foods

Did you notice how things are separated? He doesn’t eat it if I mix all the ingredients and he is very particular about that. Packing food to go for me always means using tons of containers to keep things separated and that takes a lot of time and space.

Now, check out all of the space and clearly separated compartments in the Spencer Bento Box below:

Pottery Barn Kids Stainless Steel Bento Box

The spacious bottom compartment has been great for carrying bigger fruits and sandwiches and the top container keeps veggies, fruits, nuts and other healthy snacks separated. I usually try to pack a portion of protein, a portion of veggies, some fruit and small snacks to make a balanced and healthy lunch to go.

The Spencer Bento Box is BPA- and phthalate-free,  dishwasher safe and it is divided into 3 compartments; one large and two small.  Perfect for back to school lunches!

Buy it: ($60.90) The Spencer Bento Box is available online HERE.

What do YOU usually pack for your child’s lunch?

Disclosure: I received a sample of a product to facilitate this post. No other compensation was provided and all views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own.

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17 Responses to “Back to School: Packing a Healthy Lunch”

  1. Mei — September 2, 2012 @ 9:12 pm (#
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    Oh I have trouble with my one year old for eating and ideas so I was hoping if anyone knew any tips? I go back to work tomorrow and he goes to daycare but he doesn’t want to eat solids!

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    • Angela at OneSmileyMonkey — September 2nd, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

      What type of food does he eat? Does he like eating purees?

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      • Mei — September 3rd, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

        He sometimes likes puréed food. He loves sweet potatoes but it depends on his moods!

        • Angela at OneSmileyMonkey — September 3rd, 2012 @ 7:24 pm

          I think the most important thing is variety and never giving up on foods they don’t like. You just have to keep rotating and trying again, from one week to the other you can see a big difference in what they like and what they don’t like. Good luck Mei!

  2. brooke t — September 3, 2012 @ 3:18 am (#
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    Wow I love the containers!!!!!!

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  3. amy v — September 4, 2012 @ 5:38 am (#
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    i love the containers…but they do seem quite pricey! regardless, they do look nice and i love how safe and kid-friendly they are. my daughter loves pb&j, fresh fruit and a treat of some kind!

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  4. Elva Roberts — September 4, 2012 @ 1:03 pm (#
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    September 4-I packed lunches for my now adult children for years and years. I usually gve them some kind of lean meat, or egg on bread, some fruit and may be a cookie, Baked by my self. I baked several thousa nds of Chocolate “Chip cookies and am still baking for the grand and great grand children. When they came home from school, they milk and a snack and a full dinner a couple of hours later. They were allowed to have a bedtime snack if they wanted it. They seemed to enjoy their lunches, but I went through a lot of paper and bag. this lunch kit would have been wonderful.-el03ro

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  5. Polly valenzuela — September 5, 2012 @ 9:24 pm (#
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    Loving the containers!! For my lil adry !!

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  6. Vanessa Coker — September 8, 2012 @ 8:10 pm (#
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    Those Bento boxes are so neat! My son will not eat if I mix his food either :)

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  7. Doreen Musson — September 9, 2012 @ 12:47 pm (#
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    I will be on the look out for these Bento boxes. My grandchildren should each have one.

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  8. Kathleen — February 6, 2013 @ 5:53 pm (#
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    I use Lavish and Lime’s lunchbots which are similar to the bento box but 1/3rd of the price.

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  9. Kaitlin M — March 7, 2013 @ 10:57 am (#
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    That seems like a great product. I love the compartments.

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  10. Jeannie — August 16, 2013 @ 8:10 am (#
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    I am going to have to look into these bento boxes for lunches. My son also does not like when his food ‘touches’ each other.

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  11. Eva | Little Cool Toys — August 19, 2013 @ 3:04 pm (#
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    Looks like a really neat lunch box! We seem to often loose the small boxes I use for the snacks – so this all in one would actually be perfect :)

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  12. marlene smith — December 2, 2013 @ 3:31 pm (#
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    i love this it’s always my intention to send my kids to school with healthy lunches everyday sometimes i have to argue with them lol on what they take but in the end i win

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  13. amy lovell — February 18, 2014 @ 5:46 am (#
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    My youngest will be starting school in september! This would be great for her!

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