Project Lunch Box – 30 Day Challenge #1

Marla Meridith

September 16, 2011

Healthy turkey sandwich, fresh fruit and frittata.

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Can we do a little project together for the next 30 days? I pitch that we all partner up to pack healthy meals for ourselves (if you eat lunch away from home) and our kids. Are you in? I sure hope so. If you can’t swing five days a week for 4 weeks than can you go with at least a day or two a week? I bet once you get started you will see how easy it is to pack a quick, healthy and delicious lunch box.

We are starting this event on a weekend so you have some time to go grocery shopping. I have a shopping list if you need a few suggestions to point you in the right direction.

I will post regular updates, ingredient choices, product and meal ideas on Facebook. That will be the destination to share ideas during this challenge. Post your ideas to my wall and to your own. Please join us over there to stay in touch. We can also use the #projectlunchbox on Twitter to grab each others attention.

I have a free downloadable PDF 30 Days of Healthy Lunch Box Meals just for you.

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That up there is a basic turkey sandwich with fruit. I know you guys can do that. Some little gluten free rice crackers are tucked away in there too.

Most of us can agree that packing a healthy lunch box is a challenging and an often daunting task. We are all exhausted after busy days. What we want to do is cuddle up with a hot cup of tea and our favorite magazine….By the way I have a new favorite magazine, take a peek here.

What we need to do is put the magazine down and pack lunch for the next day. The magazine can come out after. Play your favorite music and get packing. If you want to share some of your favorite playlists I would LOVE that!

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I always find it is so much easier to work together as a team. I admit that some days I have a hard time figuring out what the heck to pack in my kids lunch boxes. I want to hear your recipe ideas, favorite magazines, ingredient suggestions, etc. Share your blog links and other links you have found so we can all help each other.

This is an introduction to a lifelong project. Each day of our lives should be a celebration of healthy through great food choices. I am curious to see how this project unfolds and I look forward to working the steps and keeping the pledge with you, as a team……

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Many readers ask all the time about how I handle the daily grind of packing lunch for myself and my kids. This blog was started because of people asking about my daily lunch boxes, so why not bring it all full circle. I want you to join me in the Project LunchBox!

Above is my Baby Peas and Cheese Frittata and below is one of our favorite pasta recipes with Chicken, Capers and Cherry Tomatoes.

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When I concept and create recipes for this blog, my goal is to inspire healthy, happy, high energy lives through whole foods. Eating real, unprocessed food not only tastes better but it is great for our physical and mental health too. When our bodies don’t need to cut through the clutter of chemicals and weird processed ingredients we think clearer, can keep our weight in check and burst with energy.

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Why Project Lunch Box?

  • Real, unprocessed foods are best for our physical and mental health.
  • If we help guide what our children eat while away from home, there is a better guarantee for school success, overall happiness and health.
  • It costs less to pack lunch at home. With tighter budgets these days it makes sense to bring your own lunch.
  • We want our children and loved ones to thrive. Home cooked meals are best (unless your school or work cafeteria has embraced a real food meal plan)

Together let’s Take a Pledge to get it right…..

  • I understand that I can help decide what my family eats. #projectlunchbox reinforces that decision.
  • Made a decision to provide meals with Real Whole Food ingredients as often as possible
  • My goal is to provide nourishing meals for my family, even when they are away from home. (work, school, camp, etc.)
  • I will include healthy snacks to keep nourished & strong throughout the day
  • I will use re-usable containers and lunch boxes to reduce waste and care for the environment.
  • I will spread the word with our school, friends and loved ones about Project Lunch Box.
  • I will encourage positive, mindful food behaviors including portion control & taking the time to sit and enjoy a meal.
  • One box. One Meal at a Time. Each day provides a new window of opportunity to get it right.
  • Even if I do not pack lunches for kids I support the mission to feed healthy food to those I care for.
  • Please join us to help promote the Lunch Box Project by tweeting with the hashtag #projectlunchbox and becoming a fan on Facebook and Twitter  for regular updates.

Please be sure to link back to this post with either a text link or a badge (grab one from our badges page) to show your support. Check out our spiffy new Project LunchBox graphics. There is this one….

Or this one. We LOVE lots of choices around here….

Are you up for joining me in this 30 day challenge? I can’t wait to share ideas together.

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Helpful & Healthful Blog Links
A few to get you started…..

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Giveaway Details

This giveaway is now over, thanks for your entries! Congrats to #23 Kim Steadman and #289 Katie. Please email me your shipping info.

Because I love you & I want to see you eating healthy, fabulous food I have an awesome Easy Lunchboxes giveaway for you. 2 winners get to choose from the cooler bag of their choice + a four pack of container inserts Cool huh! I adore these lunch boxes and use them for myself and my kids all the time.

How to Enter

Leave some comments….tell me why you want an Easy Lunchbox in your life. You have until Wednesday, September 21st, 12 midnight PST to enter this giveaway. TWO winners will be chosen via and will have 3 days to respond or a new winner will be selected. Open to residents of the USA.

To earn additional entries, leave a separate comment for each of the steps listed below. If you don’t leave separate comments for each step, we will not be able to include them.

  1. Tell me your favorite thing to pack in a lunch box.
  2. Add the badge or our *NEW* Project LunchBox badge into your sidebar or somewhere on your blog
  3. Head over to the Easy Lunchboxes webpage and tell me what color cooler bag you want.
  4. Take the pledge by adding your blog link above (let us know you added it)
  5. Tweet this giveaway, being sure to include my Twitter handle (@MarlaMeridith). Here’s a sample tweet you could use or make up your own: {giveaway} Join @MarlaMeridith for 30 day #projectlunchbox @EasyLunchboxes has cooler/container sets for 2 winners.
  6. Follow @MarlaMeridith on Twitter
  7. Follow @EasyLunchboxes on Twitter
  8. Sign up for my Email or RSS feeds
  9. Stumble this post & follow me @familyfresh on StumbleUpon
  10. Add a link to this post on your blog.
  11. Follow @MarlaMeridith on Instagram

*You can stay in touch with or Easy Lunchboxes on Facebook too.

Brown Bag ChallengeI am adding this post to the Food Network’s Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you’re eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag. disclosure: The LunchBox Project is based on personal real life experience. You need to do what is best for you and your family. These are guidelines based on research, commitment and experimentation. Please consult your MD if you have health concerns or questions for you and your family.

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  • Lauren from Lauren's Latest
    Posted at 15:37h, 16 September

    I don’t make sack lunches because I stay home with my daughter, but this is great motivation to just eat healthier, more balanced meals! I’m excited to see the links that others have to share! {Beautiful photos too, Marla!}

    • Marla
      Posted at 18:46h, 16 September

      Thanks Lauren, Perhaps one day in the next few years you will be joining the lunch packing bunch. lt is still important to make your own meals & eat at home (or bring homemade meals) whenever possible. Balacnce is key. Enjoy time at home with your daughter, those are fun days 🙂

  • Rosa
    Posted at 15:55h, 16 September

    Lovely luncboxes! The food is well-balanced and really appetizing.



    • Marla
      Posted at 16:25h, 16 September

      Thanks Rosa! I am all about the full robust flavors, diversity & health components. In other words…balance as you say 🙂

  • Tricia
    Posted at 16:02h, 16 September

    I like the green cooler bag best!

  • Tricia
    Posted at 16:04h, 16 September

    My favorite thing to pack for my kids are whole wheat turkey/cheese wraps.

  • Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather
    Posted at 16:11h, 16 September

    Marla I love what you’ve come up with! I pack lunch + snacks for both my hub and I everyday. These lunch boxes sure would make it easier… I feel like I’m always looking for ‘the right sized’ container.

    You are promoting an awesome thing here! Count me in on that 30 day challenge 🙂 I hope many more join too!

    • Marla
      Posted at 18:44h, 16 September

      Yay Heather…so glad you are going to join us. I know you have loads of recipes that would go awesome in the lunch box. So proud of you for packing lunch & snacks for the two of you each & every day. Please share a few of your links if you wish 🙂

  • Shawnda
    Posted at 16:59h, 16 September

    It’s only week #2 of preschool for my toddler but packing her lunch is the funnest part – you know, besides that 11 hours of “me time” a week. Her teacher asked me yesterday, “Ooooh. So what does Landry have for lunch today?” I think her teacher knows good food when she sees it 🙂

    • Marla
      Posted at 18:42h, 16 September

      Ha! Shawnda I love when the teachers oogle our kids meals. Must mean we are doing something right! Isn’t it amazing having those extra hours to yourself each week?? Glad to hear Landry is getting those amazing home packed meals. Come to think of it I would LOVE for you to pack my lunch 🙂

  • abeer e
    Posted at 17:34h, 16 September

    i want to have an easy lunchbox because here in america food is far from easy with the processed ingredients to simplicity will be healthier for our bodies to digest and be happy with!

  • abeer e
    Posted at 17:35h, 16 September

    every day in lunch i look forward to a chicken sandwich with spinach, tomatoes, hot sauce, and arabic bean sauce! so goood! plus i love the fruit part of my lunch box~~!!!

    • Marla
      Posted at 18:40h, 16 September

      Abeer, what us arabic bean salad? I love the sound of that!

  • abeer e
    Posted at 17:36h, 16 September

    i am following you on twitter!

  • abeer e
    Posted at 17:37h, 16 September

    i am also folowing easy lunchoxes on twitter too!

  • abeer e
    Posted at 17:38h, 16 September

    i follow you on instagram!!!

  • abeer e
    Posted at 17:40h, 16 September

    i would love the orange cooler box!!

  • Lexi
    Posted at 18:25h, 16 September

    This is very cool! Lots of times I have no inspiration at all for lunches for school. It’s worse when I get to school and I have nothing delicious or exciting in my lunch. I make a point of bringing a healthy lunch with me to school everyday but somedays my lunch is very, very boring!

    • Marla
      Posted at 18:40h, 16 September

      Lexi, happens to all of us. It is difficult day in and day out to get those healthy, tasty, creative lunch boxes rolled out. When we take the little bit of extra time and effort it is so worth it!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    Posted at 18:55h, 16 September

    I linked up a post of mine in your linkhop Fast, Easy, Healthy Snack Options…that are kid friendly. Everything is vegan & GF too.

    I love that you’re promoting this.

    I pack 100% of the lunches for our family..Scott’s, mine, Skylar’s for when we’re out. Between the cost savings and the health benefits, it’s a must!

  • Katrina
    Posted at 19:41h, 16 September

    I love packing hummus and carrots, any kind of berries, a peanut butter and banana sandwich and some POM juice!

    • Marla
      Posted at 20:36h, 16 September

      Katrina, PB & banana sandwiches are favorites of ours too. Unfortunately I am not allowed to send any nut butters to school with the kids. Gotta be respectful of the “nut free zone”

  • Kim steadman
    Posted at 19:56h, 16 September

    I try my best to pack my 2 boys lunches daily, I think last year they only had hot lunch maybe 5 times…I think it is very important to send them with a healthy balanced lunch each day.. I get alot of greif from family for doing so, they seem to think if it is served at school it should be good enough. Uggh, I get so frustrated but I truly believe I am doing what is best for MY kids…so I pledge with all my heart to pack my kids lunches EACH day…great idea and I look forward to the new ideas..thank you..I also love the lunch coolers…:)

    • Marla
      Posted at 20:41h, 16 September

      KIm, thanks so much for the heartfelt, honest comment. All we can do each day is our best & it sounds like you are doing a wonderful job packing lunches for your 2 sons. Sorry to hear people give you grief for that. Lots of people don’t get the importance of this. You are doing what is best for your kids, that is for certain. I occasionally allow my daughter to get hot lunch at school and she ends up with belly aches, poor gal. I let her try it every now & then so she feels part of the group & doesn’t covet “that food’ 😉 Soooo glad you took the pledge. Do be sure to share some ideas with us over here and on Facebook too. Bet you have some great ones!

  • Kelly Lester
    Posted at 20:03h, 16 September

    Marla! This is SO wonderful what you’re bringing together here via this post/this challenge! Such fantastic info, resources and inspiration. I’m just delighted to be sponsoring your giveaway and LOVE that you’re such a fan of my EasyLunchboxes 🙂 …And you know how I feel about your recipes and those to-die-over photos!
    But I’m just super happy that you are spreading the “pack a healthy lunch” message in such a fun, helpful, and interactive way. This is gonna be great. Thank you for that!!!

    • Marla
      Posted at 20:31h, 16 September

      Awww Kelly, I am so happy you are as excited about this as I am. You know I have been a great fan of you as a person and the Easy LunchBoxes ever since I tried them over a year ago. The new color colors are a blast and I always love the easy bento style containers.
      I hope that many new people get to try out your awesome product. Looking forward to seeing folks take the pledge and join in the fun. xxoo

  • Kim steadman
    Posted at 20:23h, 16 September

    We love the orange cooler.. My sons favorite color..:)

  • Cristi
    Posted at 20:25h, 16 September

    My favourite thing to pack in my kids’ lunchboxes is quesadillas. They are yummy at any temperature.

  • Cristi @ BentOnBetterLunches
    Posted at 20:26h, 16 September

    I happily added the Project Lunchbox badge to the sidebar of my blog!

  • Cristi @ BentOnBetterLunches
    Posted at 20:27h, 16 September

    I took the pledge and linked my blog 🙂

  • Cristi @ BentOnBetterLunches
    Posted at 20:28h, 16 September

    I’m following Easy Lunchboxes on Twitter!

  • Beth
    Posted at 20:30h, 16 September

    I pack lunch daily for my son, but would love to start doing it for myself to eat heathier – an awesome new lunchtote would be a great way to start.

  • Anthony Lund
    Posted at 20:31h, 16 September

    Fresh fruit is the best.

  • Beth
    Posted at 20:31h, 16 September

    I like to pack wraps – so many ways to do it!

    • Marla
      Posted at 20:35h, 16 September

      You know what Beth…I need to pack way more wraps. They are so pretty & tasty too!

  • Anthony Lund
    Posted at 20:33h, 16 September

    Followed on twitter. Both links. @tajlund
    Personally I like the purple bag.

  • Beth
    Posted at 20:33h, 16 September

    I’d love the blue bag.

  • Lindsay B
    Posted at 20:37h, 16 September

    I would love to win the lunchbox system! I stay home with my young kiddos right now but am going back to school myself in the spring and will be packing my lunch to keep healthy 🙂

    • Marla
      Posted at 20:42h, 16 September

      Lindsay, that is so cool. It is equally important to pack our lunches as it is for our kids. Awesome that you are going back to school!

  • Cathy D.
    Posted at 20:43h, 16 September

    What a fantastic challenge! As much as I really, really want to pack a healthy lunch for my son every day for school, I’ve really been struggling with it. He is a picky eater and I’m not exactly disciplined enough to make sure it is in the fridge and ready to go before I’m ready to go to bed… then there’s the morning rush and the “**sigh** Just grab lunch at school”. Ugh.

    I love the lunch bags and the bento-style divided containers. I’m just starting my own little collection of Bento inspired lunch items (I think I may becoming addicted to all the cutesy things!) but don’t have a lot … yet! I really like the divided containers though because it forces me to think about what I’m leaving out (fruit, veggie, protein, etc). I’m always looking for new lunch ideas. Can’t wait to take on this challenge with the rest of you!

    • Marla
      Posted at 20:59h, 16 September

      Hi Cathy! Love your honesty & so glad you are gonna join us in the challenge. Girl we all do what we can. Perhaps a few of these days you pack the lunch box before bed, i know how hard it is. Waiting until the morning it will never happen. It is hard enough to get the kids cleaned up, dressed, fed & out the door. Let alone get ourselves ready to be seen in public 😉 Hopefully we can all help each other out with this project. And keep smiling along the way! By the way, I totally understand the addiction to all that bento stuff. It is so freakin’ cute!

  • Lindsay B
    Posted at 20:52h, 16 September

    I like to pack hummus, pico de gallo and carrot chips

  • Lindsay B
    Posted at 20:55h, 16 September

    I would like the pink or lavender color lunchbox 🙂

  • lindsay B
    Posted at 21:03h, 16 September

    I tweeted about the giveaway

  • Lindsay b
    Posted at 21:06h, 16 September

    I Follow @MarlaMeridith on Twitter

  • Lindsay b
    Posted at 21:11h, 16 September

    I Follow @EasyLunchboxes on Twitter

  • Stefanie Gott-Dinsmore
    Posted at 21:27h, 16 September

    Why I’d like one? I like the separate containers all in one so you remember to put variety in the lunch 🙂

  • Stefanie Gott-Dinsmore
    Posted at 21:29h, 16 September

    Favorite thing to pack – Well the item my boys love most when I pack are hot dogs in a blanket. I take a bunch of nitrite free hot dogs, make whole wheat dough and wrap the dough around the dogs and bake. I put them all in the freezer and then I just have to thaw them before it’s time to pack it. I normally send it with some dipping ketchup.

  • Christina
    Posted at 21:30h, 16 September

    I lovw to pack applesauce in my lunch. Not sure why – but that with frest fruit – I love it!

  • Stefanie Gott-Dinsmore
    Posted at 21:31h, 16 September

    I like the olive colored cooler

  • Christina
    Posted at 21:32h, 16 September

    I would love the black cooler so everyone is my house is comfortable using it and I could take it to all my kids sports events with healthy snacks – and it would always look clean! 🙂

  • Christina
    Posted at 21:34h, 16 September

    Im taking the pledge but I have no blog. Im obessed with other ppl’s blogs lol. There have been a few health issues in my family and I am determined to get away from the packaged processed stuff and get more healthy food into my picky eaters. Its going to be a challenge but Im up for it!

  • Christina
    Posted at 21:36h, 16 September

    I already follow easylunchboxes on twitter

  • Christina
    Posted at 21:37h, 16 September

    I now follow you on twitter!

  • Cristi @ BentOnBetterLunches
    Posted at 23:37h, 16 September

    I’m following you on twitter now 🙂
    What Cathy D said about the sections helping to think about food groups is so true! I find that I start a lunch with one item in mind, maybe a leftover, or something fresh I picked up especially for their lunch, then think of things to go with it – and having the other sections DOES make me think – like, ok now I have 2 grains, I don’t need those crackers, i need a fruit or veg…

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    Posted at 04:50h, 17 September

    This is fantastic!! What a great idea. I love the all the recipe choices and even the link up as well! Can’t wait to see more 🙂

  • Kate
    Posted at 05:06h, 17 September

    Winning this would make it so much easier to take my lunch to work everyday. I would love it!

  • Kate
    Posted at 05:07h, 17 September

    I usually just take a sandwich. I would love to take more exciting dishes too!

  • Kate
    Posted at 05:07h, 17 September

    I also subscribe via RSS feed. Thanks!

  • Amy
    Posted at 05:28h, 17 September

    This is the first year that I’ve had to pack a lunch for my 1st grader (Kindergarten is 1/2 day where we live) and while I’ve been using individual reusable plastic containers, I LOVE the idea of using just one and being able to see all of the options for lunch. Will be more visual appealing for her and might encourage more colorful eating.

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:35h, 17 September

      Amy, I agree. These bento boxes are so fun for presentation plus you have fewer pieces that have the chance of getting lost. Less clean up too! Having a 4 pack also makes it easy to prepare a few ahead of time to stack in the fridge. Sometimes I cut up fruit or veggies ahead of time and add them to a few boxes anticipating whatever sandwich or meal will go inside. Congrats on your daughter entering 1st grade!

  • Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids
    Posted at 05:57h, 17 September

    Thank you for doing this. I love it! And, I am looking so forward to getting more healthy lunch ideas. The first week of school, my son told me that one of his teachers commented every day on what a healthy lunch his mom had packed him. That made me smile. 🙂

    • Marla
      Posted at 06:26h, 17 September

      Natalie, I love that. Always makes me happy when the teachers recognize our efforts. Better yet, when our kids love our efforts 🙂

  • Smoky Wok (Jen)
    Posted at 06:54h, 17 September

    Thanks for the invite Marla! This sounds like a great project, I’ll definitely try to think of something good 🙂

  • Project Lunch Box – Pack Healthy Meals for 30 Days and Beyond
    Posted at 08:19h, 17 September

    […] Marla Meridith is one of those friends. She likes my lunch boxes. I love her recipes. And I REALLY love what she just posted on her blog : Project Lunch Box – 30 Day Challenge. […]

  • Shell J
    Posted at 08:27h, 17 September

    I am up for the 30 day challenge. I love the lunch bag and containers! I am always looking for ways to feed my husband and seven kids (six of those boys!) healthy and fun meals.

    • Marla
      Posted at 15:15h, 17 September

      Shell—-7 kids!! Oh my you are busy. Now that is a lot of lunch packing & meal planning. What are some of your favorite foods to pack??

  • Becka @ Just a Bunch of Momsense
    Posted at 09:24h, 17 September

    I’m so excited about this challenge…..however, if I win I will give the EasyLunchBoxes away as a gift! I am a HUGE fan of ELB, and I personally have 2 sets of containers and 3 coolers. I’ve been posting all of my lunchbox ideas for the past several weeks, and so many of my friends say they’re very impressed with my “amazing” lunches. I would love to place these in their hands and let them see that there’s something magical about them as soon as you open one and place it on the counter. They would realize that THEY could be AMAZING too! 😉

    I’ve been packing both of my kids’ lunches since 2002, and my thought process changed forever the day I discovered Easy Lunch Boxes last Spring. I want to share this wonderful inspiration! I posted this page on my blogs’ Facebook page, and I’ve added the badge to my sidebar.

    Hmmm….my favorite thing to pack……That would probably be “fruit pucks.” What are fruit pucks, you ask? Fruit pucks are pureed fresh fruit, (nothing else) poured into a mini muffin pan, (or ice cube tray) and frozen. They resemble little hockey pucks. They thaw into a nice sherbet-like consistency by lunch time, and my kids LOVE them.

    Thank you for setting this up, Marla. What a wonderful idea! I’m following you and ELB on Facebook and Twitter. 😉

    P.S. How about a BLUE cooler? 😉

    • Marla
      Posted at 13:44h, 19 September

      Becka, your enthusiasm is contagious! I love that girl!! Sorry it has taken me so long to respond. Go you packing lunches since 2002 – that is awesome & I aspire to be so ambitious. The fruit pucks are an amazing idea of which I will try. What kid wouldn’t go crazy for that? You are so kind to hand over an ELB if you win. They are life changing aren’t they 😉

  • Suzanne
    Posted at 09:27h, 17 September

    I made a committment this year to send my 4 kids with lunch 4 / 5 days this year. In only the 2nd week last week, I nearly crumbled on Thursday but…I did it. One of my kids is such a picky eater, I think that if I send small amounts of things he really likes he will actually eat something for lunch this year. I love some of your recipes and I will definitely try them.

    • Marla
      Posted at 15:13h, 17 September

      Thanks Suzanne, I do hope you get to try some of my recipes. Geesh, packing lunch for 4 kids day in & out is like running a marathon. I tip my hat to you. What you are doing for your children is so wonderful. Also so much more budget friendly 🙂

  • Suzanne
    Posted at 09:27h, 17 September

    I have the purple bag but would love a blue one too!

  • Suzanne
    Posted at 09:28h, 17 September

    I follow easy lunch boxes on Twitter!

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 09:31h, 17 September

    I’m very excited about this challenge. I myself am getting ready to back to work, to keep things balanced, healthy, and delicious is very important to our family. I’m going to work om adding more color to mine and my kids lunches. Thanks for being an inspiration!

  • RG
    Posted at 10:20h, 17 September

    I would love one for my husband, who is trying so hard to adapt to my push for healthiness in his meals. It is hard for someone who grew up eating McDonalds at least 5 times a week, pizza and eating out or delivery Chinese 5 times a week, and all the rest processed junk out of a box, thought corn was a vegetable, and drank Koolaid, soda, and chocolate milk almost exclusively for much of his life. He is doing great. This would help.

    • Marla
      Posted at 15:10h, 17 September

      RG, yup this would sure help 🙂

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
    Posted at 10:27h, 17 September

    fun post!!

  • Pamela
    Posted at 10:29h, 17 September

    My daughter loves PB&J, so we do a lot of that. But I like to cut it in different shapes to give her a little surprise;)

  • Pamela
    Posted at 10:31h, 17 September

    I would love to have the Easy Lunchbox system to pack lunches because it’s “easy” Then my daughter would only have to open on thing instead of several.

    • Marla
      Posted at 15:10h, 17 September

      Pamela, I am all about easy & time saving for us and our kids. These containers are great too because the kids don’t lose lids & small containers.

  • Pamela
    Posted at 10:33h, 17 September

    I singed up to receive your posts via email

  • Pamela
    Posted at 10:35h, 17 September

    Since this would be for my daughter, Pink would be the color cooler I would pick!

  • Wende
    Posted at 10:56h, 17 September

    I have recently started making pizza lunchables for my girls. It is healthier and cheaper than the store bought versions that are full of preservatives.

    • Marla
      Posted at 15:08h, 17 September

      Wende, that is a great idea! What ingredients do you use on their pizzas??

      • Wende
        Posted at 15:38h, 17 September

        I make a homemade crust and put in my bread maker to make it super simple. I am looking for a great tasting whole wheat crust that my kids will like. I also package up some tomato sauce and low fat cheese. I have slowly started adding some more veggies for them to put on their pizza. My little girls love caramelized onions. My oldest daughter just recently found she likes green onions, so I will be added that to her lunch. They are not big into meat on their pizza. I will be posting our lunchables on my blog this week.

        • Marla
          Posted at 18:46h, 17 September

          Wende, I am in love with this whole idea. Please share the link to your pizza post after you publish. Add it to my link up on this post and my Facebook wall too. Will be fun for all to see & very helpful.
          Cool that your kids are trying all those new foods too 🙂

  • RG
    Posted at 10:59h, 17 September

    I love to pack soup, chili, or warm stuff for lunch as it can get quite cold in the North, and my husband works out in the elements a lot.

  • RG
    Posted at 11:01h, 17 September

    Blue or black cooler for my guy. I am up for the challenge, but don’t participate on facebook or twitter, so I am hoping some of the good information and stuff will spill over onto your blog posts.

  • RG
    Posted at 11:02h, 17 September

    I receive your wonderfully insightful emails. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Angie
    Posted at 11:07h, 17 September

    Awesome post! Great idea. I need a pink one so I van have something healthy with me on the the go. I feel like I live out of my car. Better to have something in a lunch box than grab something I will regret later. I love the pink one.

    • Marla
      Posted at 15:07h, 17 September

      Angie, I *heart* the pink one too 🙂

  • Miranda
    Posted at 11:37h, 17 September

    I would love to win this because we take lunches to the pool all the time.

  • Miranda
    Posted at 11:38h, 17 September

    My go to for lunches is PB and jelly. Everyone likes them and they travel very well.

    • Marla
      Posted at 15:06h, 17 September

      Miranda, I am addicted to PB&J. So is my daughter. Unfortunately their school is a nut free zone & she won’t go for sunflower seed butter (which I love!)

  • Miranda
    Posted at 11:40h, 17 September

    I’m an email subscriber.

  • Miranda
    Posted at 11:52h, 17 September

    I would choose a blue cooler.

  • Ruth Hill
    Posted at 12:22h, 17 September

    I need these easy lunchboxes because I prefer using these kinds of containers that are reusable. I hate continuing to use plastic bags that just get thrown away.

    • Marla
      Posted at 15:04h, 17 September

      Ruth, me too. I can’t stand throwing away plastic bags. I love that you can toss these in the dish washer 🙂

  • Ruth Hill
    Posted at 12:24h, 17 September

    I love packing leftovers in my lunchbox! When there are some good ones, that is.

  • Lynda@ Me and My Pink Mixer
    Posted at 12:25h, 17 September

    Love project lunch box! I already pack my lunch at least 4 out of the 5 work days, but I can always use more ideas. I would love to win a new lunch box too 🙂

  • Ruth Hill
    Posted at 12:26h, 17 September

    I think I’d go with purple.

  • Ruth Hill
    Posted at 12:29h, 17 September

    e-mail subscriber

  • Ruth Hill
    Posted at 12:46h, 17 September

    follow you on stumble and stumbled the giveaway

  • Ruth Hill
    Posted at 12:52h, 17 September

    follow you on twitter

  • Ruth Hill
    Posted at 12:53h, 17 September

    follow easy lunchboxes on twitter

  • Lisa {Smart Food and Fit}
    Posted at 13:40h, 17 September

    I pack my kids lunch every day of the school year. We promote waste free lunch at his school. I love using my laptop lunch box but could use another one to add some variety. My son actually loves leftover’s from the night before, I use a s.s thermos so he have a hot lunch. His second choice would be turkey and cheese on sour dough bread with fresh fruit and veggies. But he’s easy and eats everything, it’s my five year old that’s the challenging one!

    I just did a lunch box series on my blog from choosing lunch box to creating a monthly calendar of lunches, check it out: – I also linked back to your site so my followers can find more recipe ideas.

    • Marla
      Posted at 15:02h, 17 September

      Lisa, sounds like we all have a kid that is a more challenging eater. My son tends to be a bit more picky than my daughter- though both have their moments!! It is fun to switch up the lunchbox from time to time to keep things interesting. Go you making lunches every day!!

  • Baking Serendipity
    Posted at 13:46h, 17 September

    Healthy lunches are seriously important to me. I teach at a high school with terrible cafeteria food, and if I don’t put the time into planning and packing, I’m left with mystery meat. Yuck!

  • Baking Serendipity
    Posted at 13:47h, 17 September

    My favorite lunch box staples are greek yogurt, apples and peanut butter and string cheese 🙂 Would love some new, creative sandwich ideas though so I’m excited about Project Lunch Box!

  • Wende
    Posted at 15:24h, 17 September

    I added the Project Lunch Box badge to my blog.

  • Wende
    Posted at 15:29h, 17 September

    I like the pink cooler bag!

  • Wende
    Posted at 15:45h, 17 September

    I added my blog to the list.

  • Wende
    Posted at 16:23h, 17 September

    I joined your mailing list.

  • Rosey
    Posted at 17:31h, 17 September

    Ok, here goes…
    My favorite thing to pack in lunches is a tortellini salad with a vinegar/oil dressing and a variety of colorful veggies. And for protein, chunks of salami!

  • Rosey
    Posted at 17:31h, 17 September

    There are so man fun colors to choose from for the bags at Easy Lunchboxes! But, my favorite color is PURPLE!

  • Rosey
    Posted at 17:33h, 17 September

    Am taking your pledge, and added a link to this page from my blog!

  • Rosey
    Posted at 17:34h, 17 September

    Tweeted your giveaway @PinkLadiesMP…

  • Rosey
    Posted at 17:35h, 17 September

    Now following @MarlaMeridith on Twitter!

  • Rosey
    Posted at 17:36h, 17 September

    I’m also a follower of @EasyLunchBoxes…

  • Rosey
    Posted at 17:37h, 17 September

    Your lovely little blog is now in my Google Reader!

  • Rosey
    Posted at 17:41h, 17 September

    Ok, now that I’m done flooding the comments section with all my “entries” I just wanted to say that I’m really enjoying reading your blog posts. And your photography is superb! (Bordering on food 3x for me!) I’ve been a big fan of bento type lunches for a long time and it’s great to see so many more moms bringing the idea to the states! Looking forward to reading more on your blog and trying some of your recipes!

  • Homemade & Healthy
    Posted at 17:52h, 17 September

    I would love to expand our collection of “green” reusable items! I just started making our own reusable lunch baggies just so we wouldn’t have to throw away numerous ziplocks every day.

  • Homemade & Healthy
    Posted at 17:53h, 17 September

    Also, I added your pledge to the blog post I did on cute lunch box ideas. Hopefully we can spread the word around (

  • VanessaG
    Posted at 18:05h, 17 September

    I am a first grade teacher and I take my lunch every single day. My favorite thing to take is a peanut butter and banana sandwich, some cucumbers and carrots with veggie dip, and strawberries. I really need a new lunchbox and containers. I love reuasable containers instead of ziploc bags. 🙂

  • M
    Posted at 18:06h, 17 September

    i want one b/c you can microwave them! so convenient.

    • Marla
      Posted at 18:43h, 17 September

      M I know. The fact that they are safe to put in the microwave is an added bonus!

  • M
    Posted at 18:08h, 17 September

    i’d pick the green bag!

  • VanessaG
    Posted at 18:09h, 17 September

    I am an email subscriber now. I just found your blog from another blogger. I LOVE IT!!

  • VanessaG
    Posted at 18:13h, 17 September

    I am going to do the challenge!! 🙂 I love healthy and ceeative recipes. 🙂

  • VanessaG
    Posted at 18:14h, 17 September

    I’d love to have the pink or purple one. That’s my two favorite colors. 🙂

  • VanessaG
    Posted at 18:17h, 17 September

    I don’t have a blog, but I can tell lots of teachers that I work with about your blog and all about the challenge. It would be so cool if all our faculty did it together!!!

    • Marla
      Posted at 18:41h, 17 September

      OMG Vanessa I love that idea!! How awesome to get the teachers involved. The perfect roll models. Plus, if they all pack their own healthy lunches it will give them more energy to get through the day 🙂
      Who’s blog did you find me on?

  • MikeVFMK
    Posted at 18:55h, 17 September

    Marla, I make my lunch everyday but we don’t have children yet so that part will have to wait. Every parent should read this post and take the small time needed to pack healthy meals for their kids. Keep up the great work, M!

    • Marla
      Posted at 20:14h, 17 September

      Awww, thanks Mike. Your jelly muffins post made me so happy. I must make those for my kids. Thinking that your mom made you nibbles like that is so sweet!
      With the way you cook I could not imagine you wanting to grab bites on the road. Once you make most of your own food it is hard to settle for anything less than the freshest & best ingredients. When you do have kids some day they will be more than spoiled with your great taste.

  • Emma (Emma+Jacob)
    Posted at 20:03h, 17 September

    This is such a great idea! I’m in…except that we don’t have kids yet! Haha. So it’s basically my packed lunch and my husband’s 🙂 That okay?

    Plus, that lunch box is pretty nifty. I’m ditching mine haha 😀

    • Marla
      Posted at 20:10h, 17 September

      Emma, I think that is the best idea! Totally valid…as long as you make the effort to pack a lunch for yourself or someone else then you must join us. Any plans for what you are packing for Monday’s lunch?? A nifty new lunch box could inspire very great things 😉

  • Betty @ scrambled hen fruit
    Posted at 23:07h, 17 September

    My kids are grown, so I only pack a lunch for myself, but I do it every week day. I need one of these lunchboxes- there’s no cafeteria at my school so if I don’t pack I’m out of luck! This is a great idea. 🙂

    • Marla
      Posted at 06:27h, 18 September

      Betty no matter who you pack lunch for, healthy meals from home are always best. So glad to hear that you take the time to do that for yourself. You would love these lunch boxes!

  • Betty @ scrambled hen fruit
    Posted at 23:10h, 17 September

    My favorite thing to pack? Peanut butter and homemade blackberry jam.

  • Betty @ scrambled hen fruit
    Posted at 23:11h, 17 September

    I’ve added a link to my curried turkey wraps. 🙂

  • Betty @ scrambled hen fruit
    Posted at 23:18h, 17 September

    It’s hard to decide which color I like best. Probably pink or aqua- they both look like they’d be hard to lose! 🙂

  • Simply Life
    Posted at 04:31h, 18 September

    So many great, healthy ideas! I love it!

  • Allison
    Posted at 05:47h, 18 September

    What a great Idea! I can’t wait to go through submissions to get lunch Ideas! We love chicken and capers here so I also can’t wait to try out your pasta recipe with that!

  • Wende
    Posted at 06:17h, 18 September

    I am now following you on Twitter.

  • Wende
    Posted at 06:24h, 18 September

    I am now following @EasyLunchboxes on Twitter.

  • Katie
    Posted at 07:45h, 18 September

    this is awesome! just what i need. my son eat lunch at school 5 days a week, i eat lunch at work 2 days a week. I love the section container!

  • Brooke
    Posted at 08:38h, 18 September

    This is great! My kids are homeschooled so not a problem for them, but my husband and I are really bad about packing our lunches for work! I work in a hospital so it’s very easy for me to just go down to the cafeteria and eat crap all day. I’m going to use your challenge and pack lunches for my husband and myself. It’s also a good idea for when we take the kids out to do fun stuff, instead of wasting money eating out.

  • Kathy
    Posted at 09:23h, 18 September

    I would love a set of Easy Lunchboxes because I am in the process of changing the way that my family eats and I love the idea of having simple meals and snacks on hand at all times. Plus I work full-time so they would be perfect to bring to work.

  • Kathy
    Posted at 09:24h, 18 September

    My favorite thing to pack for lunch is leftovers from the night before with sone carrots and hummus!

  • Kathy
    Posted at 09:25h, 18 September

    I love the olive cooler bag. One of my favorite colors!

  • Kathy
    Posted at 09:28h, 18 September

    I tweeted the giveaway but can’t get the link from my iPad. My handle is sweetkakes

  • Kim
    Posted at 12:51h, 18 September

    I’d like the easy luchbox to save money by packing my lunches.

  • Shari
    Posted at 13:44h, 18 September

    I would *love* to win this giveaway! I pack lunch for both me & my kiddo. I’m recently diagnosed w/many food “sensitivities” – no gluten, no dairy – and my kiddo has nut allergies. It has made life more challenging! Lots of searching through many “real” food blogs! I’m glad I found yours.

  • Chris Yazzie
    Posted at 14:44h, 18 September

    I want Easy Lunchbox in my life because of the healthy nutritional value as well as the benefits to my family’s budget.
    (P.S. If by chance I happen to be one of the lucky winners, may I have a few extra days to respond? I will be entering the hospital on 9.22 for surgery so I wouldn’t want to miss out by not responding in the 3 day time limit. 🙂

  • joanne
    Posted at 14:44h, 18 September

    I try to pack healthy lunches for my 3 kids everyday. I manage at least 3 out of 5 of the days! This year I’ve alos been trying to pack everything into reusable containters too. It cuts down on waste and I think it also keeps the lunch fresher

  • Chris Yazzie
    Posted at 14:45h, 18 September

    My favorite thing to pack in a lunch box is a sandwich alternative (maybe veggies in a pita with hummus) and some fresh fruit when in season.

  • Chris Yazzie
    Posted at 15:12h, 18 September

    I added your badge to my blog:

  • Chris Yazzie
    Posted at 15:15h, 18 September

    Love the olive colored cooler bag!

  • Chris Yazzie
    Posted at 15:16h, 18 September

    I took the pledge and added my blog link above.

  • Chris Yazzie
    Posted at 15:24h, 18 September

    I added a link to this post on my blog:

  • Charlene
    Posted at 16:30h, 18 September

    This is my second school year making bentos for my toddler. I started last year because she is such a picky eater. I love making bentos and she loves eating them. My favorite this to include in Bella’s Bentos are eggs shaped in different shapes using molds I got from a bento supply company. LOVE BENTOS

    • Marla
      Posted at 16:56h, 18 September

      Charlene, we love bentos too. I tried those adorable egg molds the other day without much success. Do you have any tips to get it right?

  • Jen
    Posted at 18:54h, 18 September

    I’d love the lunchbox for my daughter as it means fewer containers to wash each night 🙂

  • Jen
    Posted at 18:55h, 18 September

    I added my blog link above (Jen, #5)….

  • Jen
    Posted at 18:56h, 18 September

    My daughter would go nuts for the pink bag!

  • Jen
    Posted at 18:59h, 18 September

    Following @EasyLunchboxes on Twitter (@diplomom08)

  • Jen
    Posted at 19:00h, 18 September

    Following @MarlaMeridith on Twitter (@Diplomom08)

  • Jennifer Drummond
    Posted at 19:51h, 18 September

    I love packing lunch and since I get up early, I also pack breakfast! Nothing processed, yogurt and homemade (made in a batch) oatmeal with yogurt, a healthy salad for lunch with a side of fruit and for mid morning snack, homemade hummus with veggies. Yum! I don’t have kids, unless you call my husband a kid and I pack him PB&J sandwich or wrap with fruit.

    • Marla
      Posted at 20:40h, 18 September

      Jennifer, sometimes our husbands are like kids 😉 You are so sweet to pack lunch for the two of you. Oatmeal with yogurt is a favorite of mine as well 🙂

    • Jennifer Drummond
      Posted at 20:40h, 18 September

      Hi Marla,

      I’m new to Word Press and for the life of me, i don’t know how to add your badge. I’ve been trying for an hour and I’m frustrated. I did figure out how to add fellow bloggers, so I added you to my front page, so when you hover over your name, it will say Project Lunch Box, and you can click the link and come to your page. I’m sorry, I’ll keep trying.

  • Jeanette
    Posted at 19:52h, 18 September

    I pack lunch for my little guy every day. His current favorite believe it or not is tuna tapenade salad on whole grain bread.

    • Marla
      Posted at 20:41h, 18 September

      Jeanette, that tuna tapenade sounds truly amazing right about now!

  • HeatherChristo
    Posted at 20:43h, 18 September

    This is so great Marla. I am new to packing lunches for my daughter this year, and our current favorite is to make homemade soup and send it hot in a thermos. The flavors of choice right now? Tomato basil and alphabet soup!

  • Angie's Recipes
    Posted at 21:12h, 18 September

    You are a super mom! Cheese Frittata looks really great to me.

  • Kristen M.
    Posted at 22:18h, 18 September

    Simple reason for wanting these is that I don’t currently have a good lunchbox system (minus using random containers from the cabinet).

  • Kristen M.
    Posted at 22:19h, 18 September

    I like to pack plain greek yogurt with fresh fruit and a bit of honey.

  • Kristen M.
    Posted at 22:19h, 18 September

    I subscribe to your RSS feed.

  • Kimby
    Posted at 03:15h, 19 September

    I like your version of a turkey sandwich and I love your thoughts on celebrating life with good food!

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective
    Posted at 06:43h, 19 September

    Great idea, Marla! We use almonds butter a lot for sandwiches and with apples. Can’t wait to hear all the new ideas.

  • Maria
    Posted at 06:43h, 19 September

    Great ideas! I can’t wait until I can pack our little guy healthy lunches:)

  • Angela FRS
    Posted at 06:58h, 19 September

    Love this idea! Count me in.

  • Lucy
    Posted at 11:06h, 19 September

    I’m there in spirit – I have started getting the kids school lunches – they switched the company that is supplying this year and they claim to use healthy organic produce – so far so good – you know how much I stressed over packing the daily lunch box!!!

  • Esi
    Posted at 12:12h, 19 September

    Though I’m not in school, I pack myself healthy lunches every day. Have to balance out all those dinners!

    • Marla
      Posted at 13:28h, 19 September

      Seriously Esi, I want to go with you on all those AMAZING dinners. Yes, balance is a very good thing 🙂

  • Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media]
    Posted at 12:18h, 19 September

    Love love love this idea! I always bring my lunch to work. Homemade is way better than store bought.

  • Danielle
    Posted at 12:39h, 19 September

    I pack my lunch everyday. A reusable, useful lunchbox would help me out a lot!

  • Danielle
    Posted at 12:39h, 19 September

    I follow you on Twitter!

  • Danielle
    Posted at 12:40h, 19 September

    My favorite thing to pack in a lunch box is brown rice onigiri on a bed of salad greens.

  • Faith
    Posted at 12:41h, 19 September

    This is such a fun idea, Marla! Your lunch box ideas are always beautiful and inspiring!

    • Marla
      Posted at 13:28h, 19 September

      Thanks Faith! I would LOVE any of your gorgeous recipes in my lunch box any day!!

  • Jennie
    Posted at 13:29h, 19 September

    I’d love to have a set – no kids yet, but I always pack a lunch for my husband, and without coordinating containers it’s hard to fit it all in his lunch box.

  • Jennie
    Posted at 13:29h, 19 September

    My favorite thing to pack in a lunch is leftovers.

  • Jennie
    Posted at 13:30h, 19 September

    I’d love a black bag.

  • Jennie
    Posted at 13:30h, 19 September

    I subscribe via RSS.

  • Brooke @ Food Woolf
    Posted at 14:47h, 19 September

    Looks like this great idea has lots of people (like me!) fired up to do the right and healthy thing by packing a lunch. thanks for the inspiration.

  • Zoe P.
    Posted at 15:24h, 19 September

    I’m a student and this would definitely help with bringing lunches to class!

  • Nancy@acommunaltable
    Posted at 15:32h, 19 September

    Great idea Marla and lots of great lunch ideas too!!

  • Georgia Pellegrini
    Posted at 16:29h, 19 September

    What a fun giveaway! So useful for all the back to school kiddies. It’s such a great challenge too, because packing healthy lunches is soo important.

  • Angelina
    Posted at 17:04h, 19 September

    I’d love to pack healthy and delicious lunches for my son and this would be a great tool to help me do that.

    • Marla
      Posted at 19:51h, 19 September

      Angelina, simple is great! As long as it comes from home I could go with the basics 🙂

  • Angelina
    Posted at 17:06h, 19 September

    I usally like to include yogurt and fruit along with a simple sandwich and a snack. Keep it simple!

  • Angelina
    Posted at 17:06h, 19 September

    Blue cooler is my favorite because its my son’s favorite color!

  • Angelina
    Posted at 17:07h, 19 September

    I tweeted about your giveaway.

  • Angelina
    Posted at 17:07h, 19 September

    I follow you on twitter.

  • Amy Tong
    Posted at 18:09h, 19 September

    I want an Easy Lunchbox in my life so I can easily pack healthy lunches for my family! I’m loving your healthy lunch box challenge! 🙂

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  • Amy Tong
    Posted at 18:11h, 19 September

    My favorite things to pack in lunch box are berries. They stay nice and fresh and I don’t have to cut them ahead so the nutrients stay in-tack. 🙂

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  • Amy Tong
    Posted at 18:13h, 19 September

    My favorite color is purpose and they have a nice tone of purple lunch bag. That’s an easy choice for me.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  • sara m
    Posted at 20:14h, 19 September

    I seriously need to eat healthier. I’m often running out the door in the mornings without much time to make a lunch for work and end up getting fast food or whatever the vending machine offers. They separate comments are good.

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:26h, 20 September

      Sara, sounds like the lunch box habit might become a great idea 🙂 Packing lunch in the morning is way to tricky with the early rush out the door. Perhaps you can try packing breakfast & lunch the night before. If you want any ideas for either just give a shout.

  • sara m
    Posted at 20:17h, 19 September

    I love to pack fresh fruit for lunch! It’s so easy to just throw in the bag and go 🙂

  • sara m
    Posted at 20:18h, 19 September

    **I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be doing each of these additional entries separately, so if they’re supposed to be all in one…I’m so sorry!**

    I submitted my blog above! It’s a really tasty farmer’s market salad!


  • sara m
    Posted at 20:19h, 19 September

    I’m following you on Twitter! (@thelittlebite)

  • sara m
    Posted at 20:22h, 19 September

    I’m following you on Instagram! (@thelittlebite)

  • sara m
    Posted at 21:08h, 19 September

    I also linked you up on my blog post about easy roasted chicken:

  • Haley Grossman
    Posted at 22:22h, 19 September

    I would love this lunchbox b/c my hubby goes to work for 10 hrs a day and never eats anything….the whole time! It’s just not convenient for him t take a lunch and he doesn’t…so if I packed one maybe he’d eat.

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:29h, 20 September

      Haley: 10 hours! That is tough. He much be starving when he gets home….I eat every 2-3 hours. After 4 I cannot even think straight. Conditioning I guess to go the 10. Sounds like packing a lunch for your hubs would be a fantastic idea.

  • Haley Grossman
    Posted at 22:23h, 19 September

    My fave lunch is a grilled chicken salad w/ lettuce, tomatoes, grilled chicken, croutons, and sunflower seeds…easy to throw together and yummy!

  • Meghan H
    Posted at 07:01h, 20 September

    I pack my lunch every day for work. I feel good about it because I always know I will pack myself a nutritious lunch with healthy ingredients and never have to resort to fast food. This lunchbox would be perfect to help me keep everything together but separate in one convenient container. My favorite lunch usually involves a turkey or roast beef sandwich with tomato on whole grain bread with a splash of Dijon mustard. Grapes, strawberries, or plums are my most frequent accompaniments.

    • Marla
      Posted at 07:21h, 20 September

      Go Meghan! So glad to hear that you pack yourself nutritious lunches 🙂 The little separate bento component is a bonus to these lunch boxes! Love your favorite sandwich too.

  • Carrie @ poet in the pantry
    Posted at 08:15h, 20 September

    I have such a hard time fitting all the containers into my daughter’s lunch bag for school. I would love to have an Easy Lunchbox because it would simplify getting good food to school for my daughter.

    • Marla
      Posted at 09:23h, 20 September

      Carrie, not only do the bento boxes hold quite a bit but there is lots of extra room for so much more in the cooler bag too 🙂 So glad to hear you pack meals for your hubs and daughter. Thanks for adding the PLB badge to your sidebar.

  • Carrie @ poet in the pantry
    Posted at 08:17h, 20 September

    Favorite thing to pack: leftovers for my husband, fruit for my daughter. She eats a ton of fruit and I’m happy to send plenty of it to school with her.

  • Carrie @ poet in the pantry
    Posted at 08:17h, 20 September

    I added the badge to my sidebar:

  • Carrie @ poet in the pantry
    Posted at 08:20h, 20 September

    I follow @MarlaMeridith on Twitter

  • Carrie @ poet in the pantry
    Posted at 08:20h, 20 September

    I follow @EasyLunchboxes on Twitter

  • Carrie @ poet in the pantry
    Posted at 08:21h, 20 September

    I love the Olive cooler bag. Such a great color!

  • Carrie @ poet in the pantry
    Posted at 08:23h, 20 September

    I stumbled this post & follow you on StumbleUpon

  • LeeAnn Clawson
    Posted at 09:05h, 20 September

    My son just started Weekday Preschool at our church and my favorite thing to pack in his lunchbox is FRUITS!! Not only does he LOVE every fruit out there, but they are easy to pack! I think Blueberries are his #1 though!

  • LeeAnn Clawson
    Posted at 09:08h, 20 September

    I’m going with the Dark Red Cooler because we are the Brownwood Lions and our colors here are Maroon & White! :o)

  • susan
    Posted at 09:09h, 20 September

    lunch is so important and my kids get an equally balance meal each day! looks yum.

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 10:03h, 20 September

    I added my sunbutter chocolate chip cookies! Because I don’t take a lunch, I usually eat at home, but my kids do and this was a “sweet” treat that was healthy and nut free.

  • Christine L
    Posted at 10:23h, 20 September

    I have a my first elementary student, and another following closely behind! I see myself packing many lunches in our future! School lunches just don’t cut it! I try to keep things fresh and varied, so an Easy Lunchbox would be perfect!

  • Christine L
    Posted at 10:25h, 20 September

    I would love the hot pink or purple, and I’m following you on Facebook! Thank you to Poet in the Pantry for the info!

  • Carolynn
    Posted at 11:07h, 20 September

    I make 2-3 lunches a day, for the husband and children, depending whether it is pizza day at school or not. I would love an easier way… I have several small containers and baggies per lunch box. I’ll be watching through your challenge for new ideas. I am known by the kids’ friends for making the best mama-made lunches around, but it never hurts to up the ante. 😉

  • Amy
    Posted at 12:41h, 20 September

    I would love to have an easier way to organize lunches without ziplock baggies and plastic containers!!

  • Amy
    Posted at 12:41h, 20 September

    Red would be my color of choice 🙂

  • Amy
    Posted at 12:44h, 20 September

    Currently I pack lunches every day for both of my boys (age 5 and 2). They usually consist of a sandwich, fruit slices, crackers and water or juice. I am enjoying reading all of the wonderful ideas others are posting. My goal is to make healthier lunches for them with some variety!

  • Kristin Y
    Posted at 18:52h, 20 September

    This site is very interesting. I’m definitely going to implement some of your ideas for our lunches.

  • Kristin Y
    Posted at 18:54h, 20 September

    Right now my favorite lunch is a peanut butter & jelly on whole wheat bread 1/2 sandwich, string cheese and fresh fruit.

  • Cindy
    Posted at 07:29h, 21 September

    This is my first full time semester in college. I am on campus 4 days a week and 3 of those My husband and I are both there for 7 & 1/2 hours. I pack lunch for both of us in effort to keep us eating healthier and save money. It would be great to have an additional bag (we share one right now) so I could separate our food. Also, I love that you allow other bloggers to post links for lunch ideas! It’s a great way for us to find even more recipes and tips to make life a little easier! Thanks, Marla!

  • Cindy
    Posted at 07:36h, 21 September

    A black lunch bag would be a great color so my either me or my husband can carry it.

  • Cindy
    Posted at 07:39h, 21 September

    Some of our standard lunches and snacks are sandwiches, fruit, cliff bars, and yogurt. I’ve picked up a thermos container recently and have been packing soup and crackers. Today I packed an asian chicken pasta salad with lots of veggies (starting to get tired of the standards)…can’t wait for lunch!

  • Kristin W.
    Posted at 08:10h, 21 September

    I want one as I pack a lunch several days a week for my daughter and haven’t found the right “system” yet.

  • Kristin W.
    Posted at 08:12h, 21 September

    I would love the purple one.

  • Kristin W.
    Posted at 08:12h, 21 September

    I like to back plain yogurt with homemade fresh berry sauce.

  • Kelly
    Posted at 08:16h, 21 September

    I need these containers because I pack four lunches and four snacks a day. We need something more simple like the containers where I can get a full lunch into one cnotainer.

  • Kelly
    Posted at 08:16h, 21 September

    My favorite thing to pack is carambola (star fruit). I like the shapes it makes when I but it up and my girls love the taste.

  • Kelly
    Posted at 08:17h, 21 September

    We would like the Aqua cooler bag 🙂

  • susanne
    Posted at 09:37h, 21 September

    I would love these containers for when we have all day sports events or are traveling. To know I can hand each child (we have four!) their box and it has everything for their lunch would be great!!!

  • Jenna
    Posted at 09:41h, 21 September

    My 6 year old twin boys have just started 1st grade and I have been having a blast packing them FUN, Healthy snacks and lunches! These easy lunchboxes would make them even more FUN and allow more variety with less “Trash” at the end of the day!

  • susanne
    Posted at 09:42h, 21 September

    I would love the purple cooler bag!

  • LLesenia
    Posted at 09:42h, 21 September

    I would pack a Turkey and cheese sandwich and grapes for my 4 boys..

  • LLesenia
    Posted at 09:43h, 21 September

    I would like the black or blue one since i have 4 boys… =)

  • susanne
    Posted at 09:44h, 21 September

    I signed up to receive your email newsletter 🙂

  • Livinglessmom
    Posted at 09:46h, 21 September

    I love packing apples!

  • Livinglessmom
    Posted at 09:46h, 21 September

    I would get the black lunchbox b/c its for my hubby!

  • Mchelle Smith
    Posted at 09:47h, 21 September

    My favorite thing to pack is leftovers. I love getting double duty out of a meal.

  • Livinglessmom
    Posted at 09:47h, 21 September

    Following Marla on twitter.

  • Livinglessmom
    Posted at 09:51h, 21 September

    Following easy lunchboxes on twitter.

  • Mchelle Smith
    Posted at 09:53h, 21 September

    I love to have the pink or the purple cooler bag for my daughter, she has been asking for a new lunchbox.

  • Livinglessmom
    Posted at 09:53h, 21 September

    I stumbled you and am following you on stumble!

  • Mchelle Smith
    Posted at 09:57h, 21 September

    I tweeted about the giveaway. (@bunnymom4)

  • Mchelle Smith
    Posted at 10:00h, 21 September

    Following @MarlaMeridith on Twitter! (@bunnymom4)

  • Mchelle Smith
    Posted at 10:01h, 21 September

    I follow easylunchboxes on Twitter! (@bunnymom4)

  • Jenna
    Posted at 10:06h, 21 September

    I’d like the RED bag… and if I win, I’d have to come back and buy the BLUE one, too 🙂

  • Jana
    Posted at 10:10h, 21 September

    Lunches for my little girl (age 4) are often times so challenging! She goes to a “meat free/kosher” preschool and I am always looking for suggestions and alternatives. I love your idea above of the frittata. Never thought of that. I really like packing her fruits, veggies, a “dip”, beans, homemade granola bars, etc. Loving your blog! Thank you!

  • W. Moy
    Posted at 10:16h, 21 September

    I’d love to win the lunchbox set and change things up and be more green for my 5 yr old who we need to pack a lunch for M-F! Love your blog!

  • Cathy Herbert
    Posted at 10:21h, 21 September

    I’d love to win the lunchbox givaway! I love eating a healthy tasty lunch… finding containers is always a challenge!

  • Cathy Herbert
    Posted at 10:22h, 21 September

    My favorite thing to pack for lunch these days is lime and garlic grilled fish filet, crisp greens, avocado, and salsa in a whole wheat tortilla or pita bread.

  • Cathy Herbert
    Posted at 10:26h, 21 September

    I like the red/burgandy bag!

  • Cathy Herbert
    Posted at 10:27h, 21 September

    I signed up for your email.

  • Jess Wakasugi {Life's Simple Measures}
    Posted at 10:34h, 21 September

    Thanks so much for the invite, I linked up with my Double-Apple Mini Bundt Cakes! What a great project you have here, love it!

  • Meredith
    Posted at 10:48h, 21 September

    Hummus. Goes with every veggie under the sun!

  • Chris Masiello
    Posted at 10:56h, 21 September

    I love using EasyLunchboxes to make my daughter’s lunches. She is 5 and gets to choose & make her lunches with me. I am very lucky that I was referred to EL by a friend. I would love to win the containers to pass along to a friend to introduce her child to the fun of making / bringing lunches!

  • Chris Masiello
    Posted at 11:03h, 21 September

    I would love the pink bag for my EasyLunchboxes if I win. It is too cute for my 5yo!

  • Chris Masiello
    Posted at 11:06h, 21 September

    My daughter’s favorite lunch right now is cheese & carmelized onion quesadillas (sp?) with edamame and fresh fruit as her “sides”. She is currently in a blackberry phase.

  • April Kennedy
    Posted at 11:07h, 21 September

    I would love to have an easy lunchabox in my life because I hate using plastic bags and three different containers don’t fit into my kids lunchaboxes. I have been searching for a container with three individual sections that seal, but it is realy difficult to find.
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  • April Kennedy
    Posted at 11:08h, 21 September

    My favorite thing to pack in a lunchbox is fresh fruit!
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  • April Kennedy
    Posted at 11:09h, 21 September

    I’d love to have the dark red easy lunchbox bag.
    aprilkek at verizon dot net

  • April Kennedy
    Posted at 11:10h, 21 September

    I signed up for your email.
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  • Mary Abplanalp
    Posted at 11:21h, 21 September

    I want Easy Lunchbox in my life to make packing my son’s lunch easier and more fun, He would like the green one, I added the badge to my,, Tweeted from@MacKidSWBoston, following @MarlaMeridith and @EasyLunchboxes, signed up for email (6 things!)

  • Paralee
    Posted at 11:31h, 21 September

    I want the easy lunch boxes in my life so I can provide better, healthier lunches for my family. These lunch boxes help to remember to provide a variety of healthy food and portion control! Thanks for this opportunity!

  • Paralee
    Posted at 11:33h, 21 September

    We would want the black cooler bag 🙂

  • Paralee
    Posted at 11:34h, 21 September

    All signed up for your email feed!

  • Jennifer C
    Posted at 11:36h, 21 September

    My daughter and I are gluten-free, so I would love to have an Easy Lunchbox to help organize the food I am always taking with us somewhere.

  • Katie
    Posted at 12:35h, 21 September

    I pack lunch for my husband everyday as well as the kids so this would come in very handy.

  • Katie
    Posted at 12:36h, 21 September

    I like the Aqua cooler bag.

  • Katie
    Posted at 12:37h, 21 September

    My favorite thing to pack is Peanut Butter & honey on whole wheat, apples and yogurt.

  • Kelly Lester
    Posted at 12:45h, 21 September

    Hi Marla – Just testing the comment box. Someone said they were having trouble leaving a comment here… Seems to be fine?

    • Marla
      Posted at 15:22h, 21 September

      Very fine 😉

  • jennifer d
    Posted at 13:35h, 21 September

    I love to pack fire roasted pepper hummus and pretzel sticks for the kids.

  • Alison Ricciotti
    Posted at 13:37h, 21 September

    We’ve been using Bento style lunchboxes for our daughter who has a latex based allergy. She only wants to buy lunch at school but, we realize that we cannot completely determine the cross over of latex when we do not know where the food has come from. Packing her lunch gives us more control. We are always looking for new items to add to her collection so she has something to look forward to when everyone else has school lunch. May not sound like much but, it sure is to someone who is in Kindergarten!

  • Amanda C.
    Posted at 20:06h, 21 September

    I think an easy lunchbox will make things so much easier once I go back to work in Nov. My older son will need a lunch to take to the babysitter and having 1 container to hold everything will make things easier for him and the sitter.

  • Amanda C.
    Posted at 20:09h, 21 September

    My son loves the blue cooler…or boo as he calls it.

  • Amanda C.
    Posted at 20:23h, 21 September

    My son likes meals that he can assemble himself. He loves spreading stuff on tortillas, making sandwiches with crackers and cheese, mixing fruit into a yogurt.

  • Kristin Davis
    Posted at 20:26h, 21 September

    Currently my favorite lunchbox item is homemade go-gurt tubes. I picked up silicone yogurt tubes from Amazon and fill the with my homemade yogurt. My kids are the envy of their classmates!

  • Kristin Davis
    Posted at 20:28h, 21 September

    Just added your button to my blog!

  • Kristin
    Posted at 20:32h, 21 September

    I practically live at the Easylunchboxes site. If I win, I would like the blue lunchbox. Thanks.

  • Kristin
    Posted at 20:43h, 21 September

    Just took the pledge and linked up!

  • Amanda C.
    Posted at 20:43h, 21 September

    trying for the 4th time to leave a comment…none of my comments are showing up 🙁

    • Amanda C.
      Posted at 20:46h, 21 September

      oops! they are finally showing up as awaiting moderation…please delete…sorry about that!!!

  • Shelley
    Posted at 10:00h, 23 September

    Up until 2 weeks ago, I was eating Lean Cuisines every day at work for my lunch. Finally, one day, I realized that the flavor and textures were literally making me gag, and I vowed to devote time to packing a real lunch every day.

    Over the past 2 weeks, I have searched and searched again for lunchtime recipes and cookbooks and, I have to tell you, the searches have come up almost dry. Almost every lunch cookbook is geared toward children’s lunchboxes. I don’t have children; I am still young and I want lunch time meals that I can assemble using the microwave or the toaster oven. I am a gourmet breakfast and dinner cook, but lunch has been a challenge.

    I’ve begun making “grilled” cheese and tomato soup at work (toast the bread and quickly sandwich the cheese in there so that it melts (I use havarti). I also made chicken salad this week, which was a success, and, today, I am eating my most ambitious lunch time meal to date: A fall salad with gorgonzola, walnuts, homemade red wine vinaigrette, prosciutto, apples, and dried cranberries, which I assembled at work. It’s fantastic! I don’t think I will ever be able to go back to frozen lunches.

    I am very happy to see this challenge and I think it’s going to be an easy one for me! I’m excited to see what recipes get posted as I will need some for when I run out of my own ideas!


    • Marla
      Posted at 11:02h, 23 September

      Shelley, thanks for your awesome comment. I agree, so much lunch box stuff is geared towards children. I pack my own lunch…so I am an advocate of what goes in everyone’s LB. At the office & every work place people should know what to pack for themselves. Do take the opportunity to browse around my blog….I hope you find lots of recipes you love 🙂

  • Tami
    Posted at 08:43h, 25 September

    I have just started working at a school and I supervise kindergarteners eating their lunches….I am amazed at what is packed in their lunches boxes AMAZED!!!

    • Marla
      Posted at 14:54h, 25 September

      Tami, is it kinda scary??

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    Posted at 16:05h, 25 September

    I pack my grandson’s lunch in a planetbox every day. ( You simply CANNOT put unhealthy stuff in there! Can’t really explain it…it just IS that way. I can’t even make his pb&j on white bread and put it in there (much to his chagrin). I highly recommend a planetbox—for your child and our environment.

    • Marla
      Posted at 18:44h, 25 September

      Thanks for the great idea Jen! Awesome that you pack such a great lunch box for your grandson each and every day. Such a wonderful way to show your love for him 🙂

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  • ays
    Posted at 20:22h, 11 November

    Hi! I am a Filipino working girl in Singapore, and i stumbled through this challenge via Pinterest. Although the challenge is mostly for moms to prepare their children’s lunchboxes, I think working folks can also apply to this project.
    And even though the project is already over, I am starting it for myself and will document it on my blog.
    Thanks for the idea! I think it’ll be a good way for me to get on the road to healthy eating, even if I am busy with work.
    I will let you know how it goes for me, and from time to time, will take a look at the various meal ideas posted in your site and on other sites linked here.

    Thanks! 🙂

  • Sandy
    Posted at 15:04h, 03 December

    Where do you get these lunch boxes? I have plenty of tupperware, but none that have multiple compartments!

    • Audrey's mom
      Posted at 20:33h, 01 January

      I have some Ziplock versions that I purchased at Target but these are Easy Lunch Boxes. I believe there is a link at the top. I also have a few Tupperware with compartments, they should add more for new year.

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  • Audrey's mom
    Posted at 20:36h, 01 January

    Love this idea. We do not leave the house much during lunch hour but having healthy lunch ideas is always a good thing. Sometimes we pack lunches for picnic in the living room.

  • Michelle
    Posted at 13:21h, 03 January

    As a teacher I pack my lunch every day and always look for new ideas. I am going back to work tomorrow from vacation and am currently making an orzo salad for the three days I am back. I cook up orzo, drain it, rinse it and then cut up red onion, pepper (any color I have on hand), add in cherry tomatoes and a can of olives. I also cut up fresh mozzarella or feta. The dressing is 2-3 fresh squeezed lemons (zest first). Then some EVOO, sea salt, lots of black pepper, garlic and lemon zest. If I have fresh Italian parsley I chop that into it also. Keeps for days and is yummier as the days go on.

    • Marla
      Posted at 20:00h, 03 January

      Hi Michelle! Thanks so much for sharing your favorite lunch time orzo pasta salad. I love the tangy lemon/olive/feta combo. You are so right how much better it tastes after the flavors have a chance to marry a bit. Awesome that you pack such a healthy lunch!

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  • Annie
    Posted at 16:57h, 07 February

    Where did you get the lunch boxes? I love that they have the separate spots without having to pack tons of containers or waste plastic bags!

    • Marla
      Posted at 04:48h, 09 February

      Hi Annie, those bento style lunch boxes are from Easy LunchBoxes They are our favorite!

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  • Christina Cruzpagan
    Posted at 17:18h, 13 February

    I wanted you to know I love your blog, out of all of them so far yours has been the cutest you got alot of good ideas gotta do some for my hubby for his lunch he will probably never want to open his lunchbox at work ever after this lol

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  • Sarah Carletti
    Posted at 07:15h, 26 March

    I LOVE your site. Wonderful ideas! I am a fan and RSS follower!

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  • Trish
    Posted at 21:48h, 23 April

    I absolutely love this idea, it used to take me about two hours each night to sit and pack a lunch for myself. I just recently got my boyfriend into taking lunches with him instead of going out to eat everyday.
    My only question is, where do you get your Tupperware???? I love that you can fit everything all in one container instead of having to use 3-4 different Tupperware. That’s usually my biggest problem.

  • Kate from Food From Our Life
    Posted at 03:58h, 19 May

    Such a great idea for people who are lacking inspiration. Although we just take what’s left over from dinner the night before, I make sure there is enough for Hubby to take the left overs to work.
    I expect when our kids are at school a list like this would come in handy as there are only so many combinations of sandwiches you can make for them before it gets very boring.

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:31h, 19 May

      True Kate, things tend to get old quick when you pack so many lunches 5 days a week. Best of luck to you when the time comes for packing multiple lunch boxes! be sure to check back in 🙂

  • barbara
    Posted at 00:05h, 07 June

    I love foods which are healthy and fresh fruits are the best.

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  • Monica P
    Posted at 08:48h, 18 June

    Serious question…how do you heat up something in the box when the other items don’t need to be heated?

    • Marla
      Posted at 09:07h, 18 June

      Hi Monica, you can put that item in a heat proof silicone cup. Usually we just eat our lunch boxes not heated…but heat can be much better for some recipes for sure!

  • Rachel
    Posted at 22:12h, 17 July

    Awesome idea! Question: what kind of pretzels are pictured? Might be nice to have an idea of the kind that would be best to buy when I need a crunchy snack. Thanks!

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:45h, 18 July

      Hi Rachel, when available I try to purchase organic whole grain pretzels.

  • Dayna Kerr
    Posted at 16:17h, 30 July

    This is a great idea! My problem is snacking, I eat very healthy, I just Eat too much. I make all my meals from scratch, unless it is a really special occasion, and I pack my fiance a lunch almost everyday. Even if I don’t eat on the go, and I am just at home, I think having something already made in the fridge, portioned out, will help.

  • Melanie
    Posted at 10:26h, 10 August

    Hi Marla,
    Thank you for such wonderful lunch box ideas. I always worry that about one month into the school year that the children are bored with their lunches. This is so refreshing!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Melanie 🙂

  • Sue
    Posted at 06:01h, 14 August

    Thanks for the great lunch ideas. I am a teacher and a mother. After a decade of teaching I am still surprised with the amount of junk in my students lunches. We don’t have a lunch program so parents send packed lunches. Even though the lunches come from home they contain a ton of prepackaged products. I am going to put a link to you site in my newsletter and maybe some parents will change what they pack in their childs lunch. My little one begins full day kindergarten this year. So I am looking for some creative and healthy ideas to fill her small tummy. Thanks

    • Marla
      Posted at 06:19h, 14 August

      Hi Sue! Thanks for your comment. I am so surprised what ends un in kids lunches (even when packed at home) as well. Craaaazy! Hopefully with some helpful tips and motivation we can help people make better choices!

  • Kirsten@ My Kitchen in the Rockies
    Posted at 11:21h, 16 August

    Hi Marla, I fully support your lunch box project. I pack my kids lunches from scratch every morning. They are both in High School and it is maybe not “as cool” as buying something at the cafeteria. I allow it once a week and only my daughter takes use of this offer. My son isn’t even interested. He likes his packed lunch better. And I agree, sometimes it is very challenging to come up with new ideas they like to eat.
    I linked one of my kids school snack recipes back to your project. Crunchy Ramen School Snack. Here is the link:

  • kristen
    Posted at 19:28h, 20 August

    I LOVE this idea! I was wondering where you got the container from, i’ve never seen one with the 3 compartments before. 🙂

    • Marla
      Posted at 20:13h, 20 August

      Hi Kristen, check out my Amazon store for the Easy LunchBoxes seen in these photos. They really are fabulous!

  • Tracy
    Posted at 09:37h, 28 October

    Where can I download the pdf? The link just routes me back to the same page each time.

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    Posted at 12:06h, 10 December

    Thanks so much for taking the time to create this PDF. I look forward to trying them out!

  • Julie
    Posted at 17:53h, 28 December

    Great ideas, just a bit weird that one of the photos has pretzel chips from a bag, and bread which has refined sugar and processed flour in it… just sayin.

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  • Cyndie
    Posted at 08:56h, 14 April

    DELISH! Thank you for the great post and amazing ideas! I included you in my post about amazing lunch ideas for teachers. 😉

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  • Missy
    Posted at 14:29h, 15 May

    I feel so out of the loop, just finding you now! This is EXACTLY what I have been looking for. We have a 16 month old and another one on the way, and I am constantly asking myself, “What’s for lunch?” This is just fabulous. Thank you!!

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  • Erica
    Posted at 16:24h, 11 August

    Hi Marla! I have an 8 month old I pack lunches for. The daycare has not been very supportive of his homemade food. I’m going to try doing more balanced pretty seasonal meals like yours. Maybe that will get them on board.

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  • Lauren
    Posted at 08:59h, 27 September

    I’m pretty sure pretzels are processed, unless you made them yourself.

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    Mini baked ravioli
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    Taps-Pepperoni slices (Turkey), Olives, Cheese, Cucumbers, mini breadsticks
    Fried Rice
    Yes, my kids east all of these.

    • Marla
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      Awesome! They all sound great to me!!

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