If you work outside the home, do you pack your lunch? Does your spouse? How about your kids (who are school-aged)? Tim and I have been in the habit of packing our lunches since we first got married. We had NO money for going out to eat at that time so creating an easy lunch box system was a necessity. Fortunately, we were able to get in the habit then and we still do a pretty good job of bringing our own food to work now. Tim will sometimes get roped in to going out to eat with his colleagues because most of them don’t pack lunches, but on the whole, we eat at our desks or in break rooms. It’s a great way to use up leftovers and save a bunch of money.
I have some glass food containers, but more often than not those are storing breakfast or dinner for Darah (her lunches always go in her Baby Banquet). Tim and I are often left with the plastic containers that are decidedly NOT BPA free. This is a huge concern of mine, because I know we shouldn’t be heating them up in the microwave. The other main problem I have when getting our lunches together is that if we have multiple things that we want to bring to work (for example, a sandwich, soup, carrot sticks and string cheese), I need multiple containers and/or bags. We have some reusable bags, so that helps to cut down on the waste, but we are still leaving the house with a bag full of containers, which is just so awkward!
I searched the internet for a solution to my lunch-building problems, and I found one! Check out the easy lunch box system! If you are looking for one container that will hold different foods, or just for a green lunchbox, here it is!
Kelly Lester, the brains behind this business, has this to say about how EasyLunchboxes got started, “I was like other frustrated moms – I didn’t like throwing together lunches during the morning rush. So much time was wasted sorting through a cabinet of mismatched food containers while trying to pack 15-25 well-balanced lunches per week. I struggled to find something that would help me pack lunches fast, without resorting to the ‘convenience’ of expensive, pre-packaged ‘fast-food.’ Most importantly, I wanted something attractive, eco-friendly, and made of food-safe materials that I didn’t have to wash by hand. My clever solution to the lunch-packing chore is the simple two piece EasyLunchbox container : The bottom has three compartments to hold an entree or sandwich and two side dishes. The fitted lid (which comes in 4 colors) covers all three compartments at once. Fits perfectly inside the roomy EasyLunchbox custom carrying bag. And there is still plenty of room to throw in an extra snack or two, whole fruit, perhaps a thermos of soup, drink and ice block.”
My experience with the EasyLunchbox system has been positive. Because I have compartments to use, I’m packing healthier meals. The baby carrots are actually making it with me to work, now, because I don’t have to get out another plastic bag just for them. I’ve also got room for fun sides like hummus and pita chips. Tim and I are eating better, and putting together more variety for our meals is actually a whole lot easier.
At first, I wasn’t too sure that I’d get much use out of the cooler bag, but now I’m so glad that I have it. The containers really do fit perfectly inside, and I love that there is extra room on top for anything extra that you might want to throw in (since a banana, for example, wouldn’t fit inside the EasyLunchbox, itself). The design is simple and the colors are attractive, which means that an 8 year old and a 38 year old could both use it without any snickers from classmates or colleagues!
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