Mornings can be pretty hectic around here. Both my husband and I work out of the home and we have a 4 1/2 year old that goes off to daycare every week day. Getting us all ready and out the door on time can be a challenge. Throw in the fact that my daughter and I are NOT morning people and you’ve got yourself the perfect storm. Luckily we don’t have to pack a lunch for our little one. Her daycare provides breakfast, lunch and snacks. But my husband and I are on our own. Breakfast for both of us is generally a protein bar on the run. And that’s ok. It gets us through until lunch but just barely. That means lunch has to be filling and nutritious. That also means I need to plan ahead. It’s so easy to just run out on my lunch break and pick something up. That’s not always the healthiest choice. And even if I do find something reasonably healthy to pick up it’s an added expense that we just don’t need.
Sometimes I get with the program and actually think about the next day’s lunch when I’m making dinner for the family in the evening. I will make a point of making extra so we have leftovers to pack and take the next day. But then comes the problem of what to put them in! I have a drawer. You know the one – the container drawer. And it’s full. So full. Too full. Full of orphaned lids and sad containers of all shapes and sizes with no mates. It’s full of recycled margarine and yogurt containers that occasionally serve a purpose but you can’t use in the microwave and you can’t trust the lids to stay on when you need them too.
I am officially in love with Rubbermaid LunchBlox. And not just because the set I have are in some of my favourite colours. The LunchBlox are a great solution and cover pretty much every lunch container need we have. Here’s what I love about them:
The lids stay on but are not difficult to get off. I know that is a child friendly feature but I’ve lost more than a few lovely fingernails in a battle with a stubborn lid.
The set comes with an ice tray that snaps in between the containers. This is perfect for my office! Our staff fridge happens to be in the board room so if someone happens to be having a meeting over the lunch hour you can forget about getting your lunch out of the fridge. With this system I don’t even need to put my lunch in the fridge.
They keep food separate. I’m not one of those people that can’t have my food touch but we all know what it’s like when you try to separate things in a container. No matter how careful you are, by lunch time you’ve got stew. With the LunchBlox I can keep my food separated until I want them to be reunited.
The containers snap together (with or without the ice pack). This is just handy and helps to keep things right side up.
The containers are BPA free and microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe.
They come in a wide variety of kits to fit every need.
They are made from a brand I already use and trust!
My husband volunteered to put the LunchBlox to the test the other day. I cooked up an amazing roast chicken dinner and had just enough left over to pack him a fabulous lunch the next day.
I loved the one bigger container for the main entree and the smaller containers were just perfect for the sides.
My husband was thrilled to have a tasty homemade meal for lunch and the containers did their job perfectly. The lids stayed on yet came off easy (which a carpenter with big rough hands appreciates) and since they all stick together I got all of them home at the end of the day!
Of course LunchBlox aren’t just for grown ups but are also perfect for packing lunches for the little ones in the family. The come in some awesome colours and, as I’ve mentioned already, the lids are easy to take off. Actually our little one will be starting school next fall and she IS that kid who doesn’t like her food touching and it just so happens that pink and purple are her favourite colours so she already has laid her claim to this particular set! I’m kind of hoping Santa is reading this post and maybe I’ll find another LunchBlox kit or two under my tree this year.
Do you pack lunches for yourself and/or little ones? Have you tried the Rubbermaid LunchBlox yet?
Disclosure: I am part of the Rubbermaid Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.