Wednesday, March 24, 2010

starstruck Goodbyn

My 8 year-old son is apparently going through a growth spurt. He is half starved half the day. So this Goodbyn is stuffed to the gills!

starstruck Goodbyn
In the large right side compartment are 2 strawberry kabobs and 2 grape kabobs (like last time), plus two thick slices of granny smith apple. I cut the apple horizontally through the core, which leaves a cross-section of core in the middle of the slices (does that make sense?), I used a star shaped mini cookie cutter to cut out that core section.  The apple was dipped in apple juice to prevent browning (lots of people know that dipping in lemon juice keeps fruit from browning, but actually any juice with ascorbic acid, or Vitamin C, will work - no need to dip in bitter sour lemon juice!). There are tiny ice packs under all the fruit, cut from a larger ice blanket (six cells of the ice blanket fit flat in this space).

In the middle he has ice water and a couple baby carrots.

On the left, the two smaller side compartments have Wheat Thins and pretzel rods. The middle square spot has a reusable sealed monkey cup of strawberry yogurt and little kabobs of cheddar cheese cubes and peppered turkey. Did you hear that? Turkey! This growth spurt business is doing really good things to Magoo branching out and trying new things. I had him try a small piece of it last night and while he didn't say he liked it, he didn't say he didn't like it either and I could tell from his expression he was pleasantly surprised by it. Yes! Boar's Head peppered turkey, folks, it's the best!  After taking the picture I added some more pieces of ice packs into this section to keep it well chilled.

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Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said... [Reply to comment]

Looks delicious! I know other juices work but I will stick with lemon. For some reason I still get trace amounts of browning with the other juices. And Kidlet likes the lemon :D

The Planet Pink said... [Reply to comment]

Yum! Looks great to me!

Andrea Betty said... [Reply to comment]

this lunch box has a not so pretty review on Amazon and it's the only one so I was wondering how you felt about the box. Is it easy for your kids to snap the lid on and off?

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Andrea Betty!
Is it easy for the kids to snap the lid on and off - NO. No, it's not easy, it takes effort and some strength to do it. My 8-year-old can do it if he wants to (and if he tries to), but in the rush of leaving the cafeteria he only half-way snaps it on.
Actually, on the day he took this particular lunch to school, I found all the picks and swizzle sticks on the bottom of his backpack because they all fell out the end of the lunchbox he hadn't closed all the way.

I honestly feel that his is a good lunchbox choice for some people. It is BIG, so if you have a hearty eater this is going to provide more space for food than most bento/waste-free boxes out there. I know a lot of people that just love it to pieces and just as many who find the lid to be too inconvienent to bother with.

I hope that helps. :)

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