If I realized how many mornings I would be battling my kids over their school lunches, I might have reconsidered being a parent of three. Well, no, not really, but I certainly didn’t foresee the lunch box battles I have with the kids’ school lunches. It’s quite different from the dinner battles. My husband and I solved that years ago. One dinner, one meal. Don’t like it? Go to bed hungry. But, the lunch box war is quite different as this is a portable meal, that has to travel well and stay fresh.
For years I did sandwiches. Then the lunch boxes would come home with the bread pieces inside. I then used tupperware and meat roll-ups. But that grew old, too. Not to mention, it’s not enough to satisfy a 10-year old growing boy.
All three kids have different taste buds and cravings. I found I was making three different lunches and no one was ever happy. Until last year.
We had an old Spiderman thermos. Middle Child requested soup for lunch. We experimented. I filled his thermos with hot soup. He loved it. He reported back that it was nice and hot and when he opened it up at lunch time.
But he hated the Spiderman thermos. Not cool for a second grader. And it was a little small. He could definitely eat more soup than I could pour in.
This year I invested in two new thermoses. Bigger thermoses.
I bought this Thermos King Stainless Food Jar. It holds 16-oz of liquid inside (versus the 10-oz Spidey held for us). I found them at Target, on sale for $16 each. Their website says they are sold-out, that’s why I’m linking Amazon.
No, this is not a paid endorsement by Thermos, Target or Amazon. I’m not getting any kickbacks from Amazon if you buy it since I’m in California and they dropped us CA Bloggers because of our sales tax internet laws. Don’t get me started on that one.
I’m writing about this thermos because I love it so much.
The cool factor is way up for the boys: it’s rugged, it’s blue and it has a cool foldable spoon tucked inside. Every week, I make a giant batch of chicken noodle soup for Middle Child, with lots of carrots, celery & chicken that he loves. Sometimes I mix it up and add white beans, lentils or yellow split peas. It’s always loaded with lemon juice and nice and warm when he opens it up for lunch. Yes, he ate soup when it was 100ºF out last week. He loves his soup that much. And I’m all for it because it’s good for him.
The Professor is not a soup lover. He’s happy if I fill his thermos up with whatever leftovers we have from dinner the night before. Today it was ground beef kabob & rice. Sometimes it’s spaghetti, salisbury steak, salmon & brown rice… can you see what I’m talking about?
I had to search a little to find a lunch box that will fit this wonderful thermos, and I scored at Wal-Mart. They were only $8 each. I don’t have a picture of that, sorry.
We are on week 3 of school and I don’t stress over the lunches anymore. As long as I’m stocked with soup and leftovers, the boys are happy.
And my Princess? She’s into PBJ right now and wants it every day. YES! And to make it healthy, it’s on high fiber bread, organic no-sugar added peanut butter and this week I made strawberry jam using stevia. My girl eats everything. She’s awesome.
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How are your school lunch box battles going?