The Most Helpful Lunch Box Ever

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Lunch is an important way to refuel your body mid-day. Here’s a handy, reusable lunch container that makes packing a variety of healthy, satisfying choices easier — and keeps them organized, too!


 

Just fill the box’s compartments with nutritious building blocks (from the USDA’s Choose My Plate) for your healthy diet (clockwise from upper left):

  • Protein – Our box has some sunny hard-boiled eggs, but choose your own favorite: lean meat, poultry or fish, beans and peas, even soy products, nuts and seeds. These foods deliver vital amino acids and other nutrients that help your body build and repair tissues, release energy, carry oxygen to cells and keep your immune system running properly.
  • Fruit – We love ripe summer berries this time of year, but let your taste buds be your guide: apples, grapes, bananas, kiwis, stone fruits, you name it. Go for whole or fresh-cut fruit; in addition to delicious sweetness, you get all the vitamins, minerals and fiber that Nature intended.
  • Whole Grains – Whether you eat wheat or stick to gluten-free alternatives, there have never been so many delicious choices for getting your dietary fiber, B vitamins and minerals. Choose your favorite form of whole grains (we’re having tasty quinoa in our box), from pastas, noodles and pilafs to breads, pitas, crackers and tortillas.
  • Vegetables – Feed your eyes and your taste buds with a colorful array, in a salad like we’ve done, or with a selection of cut crudités, a stir-fry or roasted veggies — whatever crunchy, crispy or tender textures you like. Choose lots of colors to get a variety of important vitamins and minerals.
  • Milk – Be it dairy or non-dairy (like almond, rice, coconut or soy), milk can be a healthy drink choice, especially for growing kids; it delivers calcium, vitamin D and minerals for strong bones and teeth. Yogurts and cheeses are good options, too — consider low- or nonfat versions to keep calories down.

Always consider the foods you’ll be packing when you select your lunch container. Fresh foods and cut produce need to be kept cold to maintain food safety. If you can’t put your lunch in a fridge as soon as you get to work or school, be sure you use cold packs to keep your food at the proper temperature until you’re ready to eat.
 

Make heading back to school a blast — We’ve teamed up with Horizon Organic for an awesome Spin to Win giveaway with fun back-to-school prizes, right now on Facebook. Check it out! 

 

 

Comments

Aug
08
With two kids in high school,
By: sara_9

With two kids in high school, it's amazing how much 'lunch box' options have changed since my oldest entered kindergarten. Not only are these containers made to last - unlike the majority of lunch box options - they can get used by the parents as well! Smart + sustainable - I like it!

Aug
08
Hi, everyone -- We've gotten
By: jean

Hi, everyone -- We've gotten a lot of questions about where to get the lunch containers we're featuring in this series. So here they are!

We found the brown waxed canvas bag at Etsy; we came upon the square metal lunchbox at Oriental Trading; and we chose the bento box at Lunchbots. The jar is a 1-quart Ball canning jar, which you can get at lots of home centers and retailers like Target, Walmart and even some supermarkets.

We'd love to hear if you find some great containers, too!  ~Jean at Earthbound

Aug
24
 nut free recipies needed
By: maryellen57

 nut free recipies needed

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