By Susie Bramhall
Send your kiddos back to school in style when it comes to mealtime. We’ve found the perfect lunch bags and accessories to please your child – no matter the grade. Our eco-friendly choices make lunchtime packing a breeze, featuring easy-to-carry lunch boxes, as well as water bottles and convenient containers for snacks. A little extra bonus: try the absolutely scrumptious Peanut Butter-Oatmeal Granola Bars from Bob’s Red Mill…a perfect snack kids will love – from preschool to high school!
From Go Green Lunch Box
This preppy Go Green Lunch Box is the perfect set for your stylish student. Each set comes with an insulated fabric carrier featuring a pocket to hold reusable napkins and eating utensils, a white board to write messages, and measures 13 x 8 x 2”. The five-compartment food container features Go Green Lunch Box’s turn ‘ n lock technology to ensure food stays fresh, while the silicone bands ensure a secure leak-proof seal for all five sections. The 100% stainless steel water bottle (grade 304) is BPA-free and holds eight ounces of water or your child’s favorite drink – all leach- and lead-free. Also included is a non-toxic, FDA-approved reusable gel freezer pack that will help keep food cool.
Available at www.gogreenlunchbox.com
From Laptop Lunches
This dual compartment tote is great for the high school student and holds more than just your bento (bento kits and accessories also available at www.laptoplunches.com)! With the spacious compartment on top and a bottom compartment for your bento, there is plenty of room for a bento jar, a reusable drink bottle, additional snacks, and more! Fully insulated and food safe! Contains NO lead, BPA (bisphenol A), phthalates, or PVC. Can be used with the easy-to-carry handle or adjustable/removable shoulder strap. Made of 100% post-consumer recycled PET. Measures: 9.5 x 7.25 x 7.5 inches. Easily wipes clean with a damp cloth. Exterior: Black; Interior: blue.
Available at www.laptoplunches.com
From Hydro Flask
Looking for the ultimate water bottle…all Hydro Flasks incorporate double-wall vacuum insulation, BPA-free materials, and food grade 18.8 stainless steel double wall vacuum insulation technology that will keep cold liquids chilled or up to 24 hours, while hot liquids remain hot for up to 12. Additional features include a range of fun, durable colors, a lifetime warranty, and a charitable arm called 5% Back, where customers are able allocate a portion of the net profit from their flask purchase to a charity of their choice.
Some favorite bottles include the Hydro Flask Insulated Water Bottle – 12 oz (shown in orange). This easy-to-carry stash-and-go insulated water bottle is perfect for little hands. Two lids available: standard mouth loop cap and flat cap.
Hydro Flask Insulated Water Bottle – 18 oz Wide (shown in red) is a great mid-size flask that works well across a variety of activities. The wide 2.2” mouth is as easy to pour out as it is to pour in. Additional lids include a Hydro-Flip Lid, and a Straw Lid.
To keep your high school student hydrated all day, try the Hydro Flask Insulated Water Bottle – 32 oz. Perfect to last during classes and into sports practice after school. Two additional lids are available: the Hydro Flip Lid and a Straw Lid.
12 oz bottle – $21.99
18 oz wide bottle – $25.99
32 oz bottle – $33.99
Available at www.hydroflask.com
These set-of-three leak-proof stainless steel nesting containers come in handy as a non-toxic and non-leaching alternative to plastic containers The reusable BPA-free food storage containers are perfect for packing fruit, pasta salad, chips & hummus, apples & peanut butter, bagels, and more! Great for kid’s lunches, while saving trash from our ever-growing landfills. Containers: 304 (18/8) food-grade stainless steel. Lids: non-toxic LDPE #4 plastic. Container tare weights: Large: 5 oz., Medium: 3.75 oz., Small: 2.5 oz. BPA-free, PVC-free, phthalate-free and lead-free!
Available at www.kidskonserve.com
This reusable insulated lunch tote with zipper closure and adjustable strap is made from recycled plastic bottles and will keep your lunch cold or hot for hours. Inside pocket is perfect for an ice pack, bamboo utensils, or a cotton napkin. Durable and machine-washable, this designer bag is ideal for on-the-go kids. Made from 100% non-toxic recycled PET #1 plastic bottles. Insulation is non-toxic PE #1 plastic. 9.75″ tall x 9.5″ wide x 5″ gusset. BPA-free, PVC-free, phthalate-free and lead-free!
From Bob’s Red Mill
Makes 18 servings
Perfect for the lunch box, or an on-the-go breakfast bar. Gluten Free, High Fiber, Lactose Free, Soy Free.
2/3 cup honey
2/3 cup peanut butter
1 cup Bob’s Red Mill GF All Purpose Baking Flour
2 2/3 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup Bob’s Red Meal Flaxseed Meal
3/4 cup raisins – natural unsulfured
3/4 cup chocolate chips
Step 1 Preheat oven to 350°F.
Step 2 Mix honey and peanut butter until well blended.
Step 3 Stir in oats, baking mix, flaxseed meal, and cinnamon, until well blended. Stir in raisins and chocolate chips.
Step 4 Press mixture into a 9 x 13-inch pan and bake at 350°F for 20 – 25 minutes, until barely browned. Do not over bake.
Step 5 Cut into bars and store in an airtight container.