So here we are several months into school and my kids are bored. Bored of the school lunches that seemed so exciting to try. Bored of my repeated attempts at cute little snack bags that look like butterflies, and the same snacks and sandwich meats. My friend told me how she puts pasta and soups in hot containers for her daughter and she loves them! Another told me to cut up cheese and salami and throw in some crackers and bam....you have yourself a different and fun lunch.
I quickly realized I was ill equipped to send in some hot baked ziti that my son loves, unless he wanted it to be cold and congealed by the time he eats at 11:20. Ugh. So I was off to my favorite shopping spot when I do not have time to hunt around for a specific item....Amazon. I went with Bento containers because I liked how they had separate compartments so one food doesn't compromise the other. I love how they are BPA free and can go in the dishwasher. (I just do not think anything is really clean till it comes out steaming hot from the dishwasher :) My favorite hot option is also a cold option, so sending in fruit salad and crisp veggies are now part of my weekly menu. They are easy to open for the little ones, I was worried about that at first, but we practiced at home and it has been smooth sailing.
Here are some of my favorites, hope you enjoy, my kids are loving them!
Best Value Bento: Enther Meal Prep Containers [20 Pack] 3 Compartment with Lids
Multi packs for large families or if you prepare more than one day at a time
Microwaveable, BPA free and they really do hold up well for multiple uses
The company will refund you in full if you are not happy or it cracks within 10 uses!
Best Glass Bento: Prep Naturals Glass Meal Prep Containers 3 Compartment Bento
Glass, so great for the older kids, although they are chip resistant
Microwaveable, dishwasher safe, and can go in the oven!
Portion control divided sections
Best Sandwich Bento: Mother Love Stainless Steel Sandwich Box Stainless Steel Lunch Box
Free of BPA, PCBs, Plastics, Parabens, Toxins and Chemicals
Leak proof, dishwasher safe
5% of Proceeds Donated to Animal Rescue Charities
Best for Hot/Cold Food: Lille Stackable Stainless Steel Thermal Lunch Box (2nd Gen) 3-Tier Insulated Bento Box
My personal favorite, this has been really fun to use!
Comes in multiple colors, leak and spill proof
Keeps food hot/cold for 2-3 hours
Best for Easy Opening: Simple Houseware 3-Compartment Heavy Duty Bento Lunch Container Boxes
Easiest ones I found for my Kindergartner to open and reseal
Bright fun colors, FDA Approved, BPA-Free
Stackable, Microwave, Freezer and Dishwasher Safe On Top Rack