This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Sistema; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Less than 3 weeks to go until school starts! It seems like our schedule this summer has gotten more lax than others, so I’ve been getting myself prepared to get back into the the busy-ness of tight morning routines! One of my biggest struggles when my kids first started going to school was figuring out healthy lunchbox ideas — I don’t know about you but it can be hard packing a lunch that is both nutritious and one that my kids will look forward to eating. But, now that I have a few years of experience under my belt (and have learned how to balance multiple kids’ tastes!), I’m sharing some tips and healthy lunchbox ideas!
Form & Function First
First let’s talk for a quick minute about food storage. We’re big on reusable containers over here and I’m all about finding ones that are just the right size and most importantly, don’t leak! After reading all the rave reviews on Amazon for the Sistema collection of storage containers, I instantly ordered myself a few to try out.
For starters, I love that the Sistema containers are all dishwasher safe (on the top rack), microwave safe (without the lid), and fridge / freezer safe! The containers are made in New Zealand, and are BPA and Phthalate free. The Klip-It lids are super easy to secure and remove (at 5 years old, Dylan didn’t have any problems doing it himself!). There is also a flexible inner seal that I didn’t find in most other containers that is surprisingly effective at keeping food fresh (plus it comes out for easy cleaning!). All of the pieces are also modular and designed to compactly stack with one another which has been such a nice added bonus as our cabinets have definitely gotten out of control with a chaotic scattering of storage containers in the past!
When it comes to main entrees, I love using the Sistema Klip It Collection sandwich box. Not only is it big enough to hold our larger sandwiches made out of oat nut bread, but it’s also the perfect size when it comes to portioning out the main meal. I love that it’s a low-profile container and saves both space and weight in my kids’ lunchboxes!
As for main meal ideas, here are a few that we cycle through:
- cheese + chicken quesadillas (a favorite!)
- veggie fried rice (jasmine rice stir-fried with frozen mixed veggies + scrambled egg + soy sauce + sesame oil)
- grilled / rotisserie chicken + steamed cauliflower
- almond butter + jelly sandwich (use sunflower seed butter if nut-free)
Sides + Snacks
My favorite food container is the small split rectangular one as it’s the perfect container to hold both morning and afternoon snacks for my kiddos. It’s also the perfect duo if I want to pack something with a dip such as cucumbers and hummus or carrots and yogurt — the seal is airtight and I’ve never had any issues with leaking!
A few of the snack / sides that my kids love:
- baby carrots
- steamed frozen veggies (they love the peas / carrots / corn mix)
- hard-boiled egg (15 min in steamer!)
- sweet potato (25 min in Instant Pot or wrap in foil and cook overnight in slow cooker on low)
- whole wheat crackers (I like the organic options from Bitsy’s Brainfood)
- sliced cucumbers
- cheese cubes
- fresh fruit
Meanwhile, I just had to share that Sistema has some great options that I also love using when I pack my lunch for work! The salad kit and bento box are my favorites and I often will get compliments from co-workers even on how “smart” my containers are! The salad kit is especially useful as I love that there are 2 levels –a bottom layer that I use for the greens and a top layer that I use for my mix-ins and salad dressing! There’s even a small container especially portioned out for the dressing as well as a fork and knife that can clip to the underside of the top layer. Seriously, if you’re someone who is always on the go but wants to be fully prepared with a healthy salad, this is your container!
The Sistema bento box is another favorite for me as it basically provides the convenience of combining multiple containers into one. I love that I can have a mini salad on one side, a wrap or maybe some leftovers in the middle, as well as some fruit and veggies on the other side! There’s even a removable tray that can hold a sandwich as well as a small cup that’s included for liquid options.
Get prepared for back-to-school this year and I hope this post helps you get some new healthy lunchbox ideas to keep your lunch game strong! Be sure to check out Sistema on Amazon and take advantage of some of the sales (this lunch cube and water bottle combo is marked down just in time for back to school!).
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