1.) I love the ladybug lunch bag because of the smile it brought to my 5-year-olds face when she opened it. We worked with Melissa from Dabbawalla bags who was so pleasant to work with. And it was Melissa who suggested to let Emma pick her own bag. Oh, the pride Emma has in her lunch bag that she picked out herself embroidered with her own name on the back!
2.) It's 100% toxic free, no BPA. No PVC. No Phthalates.
3.) Anything a kid takes to school gets icky. This lunch bag is machine-washable! I'd recommend washing it on your smallest setting with nothing else. Air dry! No dryer.
4.) The front pocket is spot on for storing both her hand sanitizer and the extra snack required by the school. It needs to be separate from the rest of her lunch. Great design Dabbawalla!
5.) It's FULLY insulated and eco-friendly. You have 4-5 hours with an ice pack.
6.) The two mesh pockets are awesome. In one I put her water bottle and spoon. In the other I put an ice pack. It just keeps things separate and organized.
7.) It's made out of a squishy foam making it fit easily in her backpack. Rolls up too if need be. It also has this fantastic handle which is ideal for a fumbling 5-year-old to haul around her lunch. But it's also very roomy - it can easily accommodate whatever I pack.
Those pomegranate arils are an antioxidant superfood and have too many health benefits to even mention. They're also delicious. My kids gobble them down. I pack 1/4 cup of the arils in my daughters lunch each day. They're sweet but also sour. So if your kids like Sour Patch Kids, arils might strike a chord with them. A really nutritious chord too!
That sweet yogurt outside makes the raisin not seem like a raisin. Almonds can be a hard sale on kids, but yogurt covered ones slide down their throats. And remember what Mary Poppins says about a spoonful of sugar.......?! At the end of the day, they're eating raisins and almonds with a bit of yogurt for those probiotics. Big score.
I could go on all day on the nutritional value of pumpkin seeds. Salty like chips mom so says my daughter! Roast your own or buy the green "hulled" ones in bulk at your local supermarket. In fact, your bulk section is a great place to find healthy snacks once you get past the gummy worms. It's a cheaper option too than paying for pricy packaging.
Cheese has a lot of protein. And it's filling. Which is makes it a great, savory snack. Cheddar? Monterey Jack? Mozzarella? Colby Jack? The possibilities are endless. I put two thin slices of Cabot cheddar slices in my daughters lunch to pack a good punch. Sometimes I put in 5 of the pre-sliced cubes to spice up her lunch
5.) Red peppers, orange peppers, yellow peppers
I don't like green peppers too much. Neither do my kids. But colored peppers are much sweeter and tastier for kids. I pack 5 slices of red, orange or yellow peppers in Emma's lunch almost everyday and she never complains. They love the crunch and sweetness of the peppers.
Dried and pitted fruits are a huge hit with my kids. They never say no. And they get things moving in the right direction if you know what I mean. I like to throw one or two dried and pitted prunes or apricots or a handful of the dried cherries or blueberries in her lunch for variety. My kids think these are candy. No lie.
I love all the health benefits of sunflower seeds. So much cheaper than nuts and they fill you up. A little goes a long way! Especially when my blood sugar plummets at 3 p.m. and I need a snack fast! If you buy these in the bulk section of your grocery store, make sure the bin has a quick turnover rate and they look and taste fresh. Not crunchy? Buy elsewhere. Always store in an airtight container, even the fridge to keep them fresh.
8.) Cashews or pistachios
Even kids who seem like they eat nothing will down pistachios if you shell them for them. Kids love pistachios. In place of cheese, sometimes I put 10 or so nuts, either cashews or pistachios in Emma's lunch. She loves both! And they fill her up so she has enough energy on the playground.
Everything tastes better in a smaller size right? I want at least one vegetable and one fruit in my daughters lunch each day, so when she needs a pepper break, I throw in a few petite carrots (they are actually smaller than baby carrots) or miniature cucumber slices. She won't eat a full size cucumber but won't bulk at the mini variety. Kids. Go figure.
Corn nuts aren't even nuts. They're corn and they look like big corn kernels. Salty and crunchy, they satisfy your chip cravings. So they're my splurge snack. Still, they are low in calories. Buy them in the bulk section of your grocery store. They come roasted, toasted or fried in a variety of flavors including B.B.Q. They add a little crunch to your salad too. Make sure you store in an airtight container or they become soft and loose their crunch.
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