All too soon this will be the scene in our local school lunchrooms around the country. Hungry kids ready for a break in their day to visit with friends and eat a good lunch while refueling their bodies and minds. When it comes to packing a healthy lunch for your child, it isn't just about the food, but also about making sure it stays at a safe temperature. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute tested 26 lunch boxes and bags. These four kept food at the recommended 40 degrees or lower for two hours or longer. The bags also scored well in usability — they're easy to open and close, pack, carry, and clean — and their style is kid-friendly.
L.L.Bean's Flip-Top Lunchbox kept food cold for nearly 4 hours and has multiple compartments. This versatile, durable lunch box is designed with a flip-top storage lid to hold drinks, insulated containers or snacks. Updated construction improves insulation properties to keep food and drink cold until lunch. Find it at L.L.Bean for $24.95.
The Thermos Camo Chick Novelty Kit has cute purse styling for the elementary set. Made from 100% PVC free with PEVA linings and superior closed-cell polyethylene foam insulation that keeps food fresh longer. It has a comfortable, padded carrying handle and is extremely durable and easy to clean. Find it at Thermos for $9.99.
The Spicy Relish Lunch Tote was a close second in cooling and is a chic choice in cool neoprene for choosy teenagers. It comes with a removable shoulder strap and an assorted selection of prints. Find it at Built for $29.99.
The stylish and sturdy Fleurville Lunch Pak has backpack straps and many compartments for treks to school or weekend adventures. This well-constructed bag is made with closed-cell insulation keeping their lunch cold throughout the day. It comes in many prints making even the pickiest of kids happy! Find it at Kaboodle for $31.95.
Take care to pack your children's lunches in a lunchbox that
will keep their food safe and tasting wonderful....you'll be glad ya did!
~THE DOMESTIC CURATOR~