Now I know why my mom bought a school meal plan for us. Lunches are tough to figure out, tough to pack, tough to get the kids to eat. 😑 Before the meal plan, my mom sent us to school with potted meat sandwiches (or PB&J) in orange tupperware lunch boxes. (We begged for PB and marshmallow spread and she gave in to our requests! Shocking! 👀)
All I remember is my classmates chuckling at my lunchbox as they sat with either their hip and happenin lunch boxes or their school lunch trays. Eventually, I guess my mom got tired of packing the lunches or perhaps we didn't end up eating much of it. So we bought the school lunches from then on.
Days are different now for my kids as I homeschool with Classical Conversations and we meet once a week with our CC community. (There are other days where a packed lunch is needed for play dates and field trips etc.) So last year I was stuck in the PB&J rut. Tons of baggies stuffed in a bigger bag. Smushed sandwiches, crushed chips, and a blehh feeling every time lunch came around. I was determined not to repeat that this year! So I made use of an Amazon gift card that my sister gave me and started the search for awesome lunch alternatives. 😄🙌🏽
Enter in Bentgo Kids and after reading the reviews, I ordered 3 for my boys and 1 adult one for me. (Now my husband wants one, where originally he said he didn't need one haha. 😉) The night before our first community day, I prepped the Bentgos and had to think of the kids preferences. Timmy is the only one that likes blueberries and pretzels, so his Bentgo is the one on the right.
Yes it took extra time for me to cut up the cheese, carrots, strawberries, and broccoli, (ham came diced in the package) but it is SO worth it when you know that your kids will actually EAT the lunch you packed haha. The compartments are leak proof so the ranch dressing stayed put and everything was perfectly in place even after the kids were flipping them around every which way.
To answer some questions that were coming in on Facebook, yes the trays are removable and dishwasher/microwave safe. We just hand wash the outer case. (Actually we hand wash everything since our dishwasher is broken haha 😑) Also I use these silicon baking cups to further compartmentalize.
As you can see, from these pics, the kids really enjoyed their Bentgos. Ian was screaming out loud "BENTGOOOO!!!" I was shocked that they were actually going to sit for more than 2 minutes and eat more than 2 bites. Only complaint is that Timmy wanted broccoli too and wondered why his brothers had some in their Bentgos, but he didn't haha. 😮 Didn't realize he was that much of a broccoli fan.
Since these Bentgos are big, they won't fit in just any lunch bag. (Amazon needs to stop associating these Bentgo Kid boxes with the adult lunch bags. They are not compatible.) I had to read a bunch of reviews to make sure I got the ones where the Bentgos would fit. (For girls, I read that this ladybug bag works and here is a full line that fits as well.) For my boys, I ended up getting these:
Yayy!! I will be taking more pics of different lunch combinations as I discover the possibilities haha. You can find all of these items on Amazon and the pics above will take you directly to the items. These are affiliate links which just means that I will get a very small referral commission (at no extra cost to you) should you decide to actually buy anything on Amazon. The purchase price stays the same whether you use these links or not. I only want to recommend items that I've personally used and hopefully would provide some value for the readers of this blog. 😀