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Bri DeRosa is gearing up for the new school year by taking a look at… lunch gear! She talks about her favorite options for keeping her kids’ real food lunches fresh and making them look as fun and interesting as possible – a big help when it comes to kids!

I know lots of you are already headed into the back to school madness – ack! – and are probably looking for the whats, wheres, whys, and hows of lunch and snacktime. I’ve received several messages, in fact, from parents with very specific questions about packing good lunches for their kids and selecting snacks that will represent a reasonable compromise between what the other kids have, and what they’re comfortable serving. I’ve got lots of stuff up my sleeve for the coming weeks that will help, I promise; but tonight, we’re just going to deal with the gear.

You can’t pack a really good lunch without really good gear. It’s true, I swear. I used to think it didn’t matter what I used to pack the kids’ lunches; but I can testify right here and now that their food has gotten MUCH better with each upgrade I’ve made to our gear. I think it’s part reality and part placebo effect, to be honest. On the one hand, it is so much easier to branch out into all kinds of foods beyond the sandwich if you happen to have things like a trusty Thermos container in the cupboard; on the other hand, it’s actually more enjoyable and more inspiring for me, the parent charged with the chore (I mean, privilege) of packing all those darned lunches if I have nice containers laid out in front of me. Strange, but true.

I’m STILL not going to be an all-out bento mom, and I’m not going to start making the kids’ lunches look like rocket ships and pirates and all that awesomeness. I enjoy and appreciate that OTHERS do that, and the ideas are great. But that’s not me and that’s not my role in life. What I will do, and try to do on a daily basis, is pack lunches that are fresh, nutritious, and reasonably attractive. My kids’ lunches look good because the food in them is good, not because I work hard at the presentation, but luckily, having the right products means you could approach things any way you want to. If you’re itching to rock things out with fabulous bento lunches, you can do that with the right gear. That same gear will serve you even if you DON’T want to do a major bento overhaul – because it’s designed well, holds up nicely, keeps food separate, and keeps things fresh.

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