Back to School Shopping for School Lunches

| August 6, 2011 | 6 Comments

Thank you to Crocs for sponsoring this blog post. Please click here to learn more about Crocs’ new Back to School line. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.

It’s been said that I go a little crazy around back to school shopping time. I buy a few more boxes of crayons than seem prudent. I stock up on paints, clay, glue sticks, paper and markers. And I tuck most of it away for later. They call it crazy, I call it smart. Why wouldn’t you stock up on crayons when they are a mere $0.40/box? (Actually I usually stock up when they are $0.25/box, but haven’t seen them that inexpensive yet.)

Besides. I just love the new supplies.

Of course, back to school isn’t just about the school supplies. There’s also the matter of food. School lunch food that is.

My son doesn’t buy lunch at school. Whenever I look at our school’s monthly lunch menu, I cringe at the sight of brownies dished up with pizza and chicken nuggets with tater tots. Haven’t we learned anything yet about serving our kids better food in schools? Why would I pay $3.50/day for that? So I choose to pack lunch for my son everyday.

Packing lunch means that I need plenty of packing supplies. I prefer reusable containers that are dishwasher safe, though I make an exception for the hot food container that has to be hand-washed. While I am shopping for penny pencils and cheap durable folders, I also keep an eye out for containers that make packing lunch easier. It’s important to have a selection of containers to send lunch in so that you have flexibility in what you can pack.

Earlier this summer, I picked up a few containers for keeping snacks cool (complete with freezable lids!) that were on sale and I am excited to use them. I am still looking for a new hot food container as well, since ours had an unfortunate demise in the dishwasher right after school ended (it wasn’t dishwasher safe). I also bought several spill-proof drink containers so that we aren’t reliant on juice boxes this year too.

Once all the supplies are purchased, I will be all set for packing lunches … Here are a few ideas of what I’ll be packing for my son’s lunch this year:

Again, thanks to Crocs for sponsoring this post. Check out their new line of back to school shoes, which are pretty cool. Also, there’s this fun Crocs video that I was asked to share. Have a great weekend!

Category: Feeding Kids, Healthy Life, Mama's baby, Raising Healthy Kids, Reviews, Contests and More, School Lunches and Snacks, Stuff

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Sarah W. Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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  1. I’m with you on the supplies! I always stock up, especially on craft supplies. They make great stocking stutters or gifts for little kids throughout the year.

    What do you use to pack drinks? I have yet to find a leak-proof, bpa-free solution, and I hate using juice boxes all the time.

    • sarah says:

      I actually found BPA-free Nalgene bottles recently with a kid-friendly top. So I have been testing them out this summer and so far so good. Thermos also makes a metal drink container that I was thinking of, if these don’t work out.

      • I have the thermos ones, and one time I packed chocolate milk and it spilled all over my daughter’s lunch. We use them a lot, though, other than for lunches, with no problems, but ever since then, ive been afraid to try. They do keep drinks amazingly cold, though! I think I’ll look for the nalgene ones, thanks!

        • sarah says:

          The lunch bag I have for my son has those mesh pockets in the side, so I am planning to keep the drink there and hope that if a mess occurs that mitigates the damage.

          P.S. Your autocorrect error cracked me up ;)

    • Sorry… Apparently my iPhone doesn’t like the word “stuffers!”

  2. Kate says:

    I stock up on lots of things. Of course, that did make moving more complicated.

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