Monday, August 13, 2012

bynto school lunch & a practice Laptop Lunches 2.0

I fumbled my way through my first back-to-school Monday with minimal bruising. Phew!

This morning I packed Ethan's lunch in a Goodbyn Bynto box. His request this morning was for cheese and pretzels. "That's a really tastey combination" he said. Easy enough!
Bynto Lunch

The top section has turkey roll-ups and pieces of cheddar cheese. The middle section holds cut strawberries. The bottom is full of pretzels.

The little fork in the strawberry section is a new addition to my lunch arsenal. They are Snack Markers by Vacu Vin. It is a super cute little stainless cocktail fork kinda thing with a little monster dude at the top. Each Snack Marker has a different monster (alien?) guy on it and they are all different colors. Totally fab. The forks are pretty pointy and sharp, so I would not recommend these for the preschool crowd at all. They are right up Ethan's alley and at 10 years old I think he's old enough to not poke his eye out or shank his cafeteria neighbor. Let's hope.

Paige was home with me today. Kindergarten has a bit of a gradual lead-in here and she doesn't start full time until Friday, but I finally bit the bullet and bought a Laptop Lunches 2.0 system this summer and thought we'd take it out for a spin today.

One of the neat things about the Laptop Lunches 2.0 system is that it is compatible with their line of "bento buddies". So instead of always using the same 4 inner containers you can switch out two of the medium sized ones for a larger inner container.

Today I made a peanut butter & fruit preserve roll-up in a fajita sized tortilla, which fit perfect placed diagonally in the large Bento Buddy box. It is bordered by pretzels on one side and a silicone cup of strawberries on the other. The small side containers hold cucumber chunks and some leftover grilled chicken from last night's dinner.

Another aspect of the Laptop Lunches 2.0 system is that more of the inner containers can be lidded. In this case the cucumber box comes with a lid (the large box also has a lid, any container with the rounded corners can accommodate a lid!). Happily, Paige was able to get all the lids open herself. She's not exactly the most gifted child in the fine-motor control area, so this was a relief. :) We are still working on opening and closing her Thermos Funtainer food jar. ;-)

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Summer said... [Reply to comment]

So glad the Laptop Lunches Bento Lunch Boxes are working out well for you and your daughter. That lunch looks amazing, so I'm sure it must have been a hit!

Wendy said... [Reply to comment]

I still say a small prayer that neither of my boys will shank their neighbors when I sent decorative picks in their lunches...

Vanessa said... [Reply to comment]

Hi! Question for you about the Laptop Lunches...are the inner lids necessary? I wasn't sure if the outer lid of the actual box would suffice in hopes of keeping things simple for my kiddo by not having multiple lids to open/keep up with. Thanks!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Vanessa, the inner lids are not necessary at all. I often DON'T use the inner lids. They are helpful if you've got something really saucy, but for solid foods they are not needed. I'll use an inner lid on things like yogurt, but will opt to not use them whenever I can avoid it.

Vanessa said... [Reply to comment]

Great-thanks so much for the info!

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