Ideas for Packed Lunches and a GIVEAWAY!

Whether you’re packing a lunch for yourself, your spouse, or your kids, it can be a challenge deciding what foods to pack and how to pack them. Here are some tips (and a great giveaway!) to help you through it.

I try to make litterless lunches whenever possible. When I pack food in reusable containers and bags, it’s better for the environment and it’s usually cheaper and healthier than pre-packaged foods. You’ll also save a lot by not using as many plastic sandwich bags. I’ve been loving my reusable sandwich and snack bags that I found from Anytime Sacks. I got Spongebob bags for Cole and Diego bags for Bennett (or Dabodee bags, as Bennett would call them). They’re really easy to wash too, you just wipe the nylon liner with a damp cloth, or for tougher messes just toss them in the washing machine and hang to dry.

Here are the boys’ lunches from the other day:

This time I put granola bars in the little snack bags, and a whole apple in each of the larger bags. At daycare I need to label everything or it’ll end up in someone else’s lunch, so I like sticking the apple inside a bag with their name on it. Purchasing a label-maker was one of the best investments I’ve made, because I sure need a lot of labels!

I also like using the little round Ziploc containers, Rubbermaid juiceboxes, and Corningware dishes. The Corningware is super handy for putting leftovers in and reheating them, if you have access to a microwave. If you don’t, then a thermos is great. I prefer not to reheat foods in plastic, so that’s why I like these dishes.

As for foods to put in your lunch, here are a list of my favorites:

Now I’m sure you’d like to hear about this giveaway, so here it is.

Anytime Sacks Giveaway:

You can win a snack and sandwich sack of your choice from the listed on their Etsy shop. It can be a matching set or different fabrics.

To enter, just leave a comment mentioning one of your favorite things to pack in lunches. Make sure I have your email address so I can contact you if you win.

You can receive bonus entries by doing any of the following (just make sure to leave a separate comment to tell me each bonus entry you do):

This contest will close Thursday January 27 2011 at midnight PST.

Winner will be chosen by I’ll contact the winner by email, and the sacks will be sent by Anytime Sacks.

Good Luck!


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Welcome! I’m Megan.

My kids like to whine, especially when it comes to the food they eat, but that doesn’t stop me from trying to make tasty and healthy meals for them. Follow along as I share family-friendly recipes and reviews from my picky family members, who I lovingly call “The Whine Critics.” Read More…

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