Mommy & Me Laptop Lunches

Last year I splurged and purchased the bento lunch boxes from Laptop Lunches for darling daughter and myself. In all honesty, I think I fell in love with this product before she was even born but wanted to wait until she was old enough to have some accountability for her lunchbox and the pieces inside. My mom was shocked when I confessed the overall price, but it was worth it. Perhaps I am a bit weird, but it makes making lunches fun! And I feel I am more aware of portion sizes when making my lunch for work, which also contains food for my second breakfast and sometimes an additional snack if it will be a long day for me.

Here is what darling daughter and I are eating today!

I often pack our lunches similar since it makes the process easier for me. Plus I am a huge advocate of engaging children to eat "grown up" food and not just the foods that appeal to kids. And darling daughter is always involved in the process either indirectly by voting on food choices or directly by packing food or writing a lunch note for me.

Here's the note I got yesterday. And yes, I am still grinning from ear-to-ear and did show off my special lunch note.

But what are we eating today?

My goal is well-rounded meals and do teach darling daughter about what each food has to offer. And it works. At dinner if I say she needs four more bites of protein, she knows what the protein is and what the protein does for her body. Gotta love it!

Now onto today's lunch:

  • Protein: Turkey rolls (today they contain flax seed, cheese, and spinach)
  • Freggies: The spinach in the turkey roll plus peaches. Usually we are more veggie dense but tomorrow is shopping day and my veggie drawer is essentially empty at the moment. Therefore, I increased the amount of fruit. I prefer frozen berries or fresh fruit but hey, sometimes a mom needs to do what a mom has to do and this is probably the only way we eat peaches.
  • Dairy: The cheese in the turkey rolls. Plus darling daughter has some vanilla yogurt (no artificial sweeteners inside) as a "treat". Her school is very good at ensuring kids eat their main meals before the "snacks/treats" but in all reality, I pack her lunches so no matter what she eats, I don't feel she is missing much and isn't loading up on "junk".
  • Crunchy: This mainly fills my love of some crunch in my day. Today we have some pretzel crisps, yesterday a few triscuits to go with our tuna salad, and sometimes baby carrots serve the trick.
  • Drink: Water. I have access at work and I fill a reusable bottle for darling daughter to take to school. Very, very seldom she may get a juice box, such as Fruitables by Apple & Eve.
  • Mom Add-on's: Since I eat my second breakfast at work I packed some oatmeal, a cutie, and a lilikoi (passionfruit). I will heat up some water at work, make my oatmeal, and top it with fruit and chase it all down with more water! Somedays I opt to do cottage cheese inside of oatmeal and very rarely I do yogurt.

What is your favorite lunch time meal? If you are a parent, how do you pack your kids' lunches?

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  1. I need those lunchboxes for my daughter and myself!

  2. I love the turkey roll idea. My daughter never eats the bread in her sandwiches anyway! The boxes are the cutest!

  3. I love the bento boxes. I first started making them in the Fall of 2008 when were travelling for 5 weeks around the Canadian Maritime Provinces. I always packed a bento box for each of us when we set out for the day's adventures. It was born of my need to EAT when I NEED to ... immediately, and not fuss around for a restaurant or make those decisions.

    I love that you are teaching your daughter how to choose nutritional foods for herself - and the notes are adorable.

    Good on ya, Mom!

  4. I love the idea of flaxseed to your turkey rolls. I love the pretzel chips. Jalopeno is my fave!

  5. My son is a teenager in high school and I love that he still lets me pack his lunch. Evidently it is cool to have packed lunches these days. Who knew?!

  6. It's fun to get little food picks or cupcake picks with characters to hold the rolls together or make eating 'soft' food easier to eat with fingers! :) I love the littlest bento container with the lid for nut butter of some kind to go with celery!

  7. We use these too at our house. I cut my daughters veggies and cheese and sometimes sandwiches with cookie cutters (the mini Japanese ones are totally awesome - and I put all the scraps in my lunch). I focus on protein, then veggies, then fruit. My daughter eats anything, so I make sure it's always fun and colorful - apparently I have to compete with candy and cookies in other kids lunches, so the fresh fruit and cookie cutters definitely make a difference....

  8. I am a bit Bento obsessed and am on my third year of packing Laptop lunches for my crew. I agree with you. It holds us all accountable and my kids' lunches come home empty!!! I wrote my very first post about it here: http://latenightplays.typepad.com/late-night-plays/2012/01/lunchbox-revolution.html

  9. Love those boxes! My school kids are a little older, so now they pack their own lunches. The rule is that they have to have a fruit and a vegetable, and they get to choose the rest. They usually do a great job! Sometimes I open it to find a single carrot and half a bagel. Um, no, not gonna work.:) Back to the drawing board. They're getting better and better at it though.


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