Lunchbox Kabobs + PackIt Giveaway
My kiddos will be starting school in one week! With C getting closer to her first day of Kindergarten, I am already brainstorming school lunch packing. This post is sponsored by PackIt and features some of my very favorite (and simple) ways to make school lunches special.
I have had practice over the last few years with kids going off to school. This year, A will be going into second grade and the years that he has been in full day school have helped prepare me for both kids being gone – and this is the year. Just like any big milestones, it’s bittersweet. Sadness that my baby is growing up so fast, but excitement to see her go off and be her independent little self. I will miss her little face eating lunch with me. I will be thinking of both my kiddos sitting at the school lunch table surrounded by their little friends and enjoying the food that I pack them from home.
I love knowing that I can pack a special meal for them to enjoy, even when we aren’t together.
When it comes to school lunches, I enjoy packing meals with love, but I’m not a fancy lunch packer. And while I’m not sculpting my daughter’s face out of a brick of cheddar, I do have a few simple tricks to make a packed lunch a little bit special. One of my kids’ favorite ways to enjoy their lunch is on a stick. Lunchbox Kabobs are some of the easiest packable lunches that go slightly beyond the typical sandwich, but won’t have you stressing out over the daily task of lunch packing.
For the fruit kabobs, I chunk up whatever type of fruit that I have on hand. This week it was peaches and these little green pears that were too cute to pass up at the grocery store. I found 4 inch long knotted skewers that work perfectly for these small lunchbox kabobs, plus they aren’t too sharp so there are no safety worries. I pop a few pieces of fruit onto each skewer and pack them into a small lidded container. A dish of vanilla Greek yogurt acts as the perfect dipper.
Salami + Cheese Kabobs:
Cubes of sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese get skewered with chunks of salami. Serve these little protein skewers with a bit of mustard for a spicy kick.
For the vegetable kabobs, use whatever is in your fridge. I typically have some sort of small tomato and a cucumber so that is what I went with. Cut the cucumbers in thick slices and then in half for very skewer-able bites. Pack a dish of hummus for the perfect dip-able side.
Now, my focus on lunch packing does not end with the food. Having a great lunch bag to carry the food is key. I have had a lot of trial and error with lunch boxes and bags so when PackIt asked if I wanted to give their freezable lunch bags a try, I was definitely interested.
When the bags arrived, we put them to the test. Here are some of my favorite things about our new PackIt Freezable Lunch Bags:
First things first, the prints are adorable. A chose the Freezable Lunch Bag in Camo and C chose the same bag in Bloom. I picked a slightly larger version, the Deluxe Lunch Bag, in Ziggy for when we go places as a family (car trips, picnics, camping) and need a little more room for me and my husband. The classic Lunch Bag size is perfect for school age kids.
The entire bag freezes! I’m talking you fold up the bag (takes up about the same amount of room as an ice pack in the freezer) and pop the entire thing into the freezer. This means that the walls of the bag act as the ice pack and I no longer need to fuss around with making room for an ice pack in the actual lunch bag. This is huge. Ice packs tend to take up a ton of valuable real estate in a lunch bag that could be better used for things like milk boxes and yogurts.
Speaking of milk boxes and yogurts, let’s talk about how the PackIt’s do at keeping food cold. We used our Deluxe Lunch Bag on our most recent car trip and it not only kept our yogurts cold, but it actually chilled our milk boxes. I like to buy the shelf stable milk boxes that do not need to be refrigerated, but honestly, they taste better cold. I put a few un-chilled milk boxes in our frozen PackIt and by the time we opened it up to enjoy our snack, the milk boxes were cold! No more do I need to remember to put the milk boxes, juice boxes or water bottles into the fridge the night before – the PackIt will do the work for me.
One other major point of importance is ease of use. With C being only 5, and while she has some great fine motor skills, I needed to make sure that this bag was not going to cause any delays or difficulties with opening. They have only 20 minutes at school to eat, so these precious minutes need not be wasted wrestling a lunch bag open. Both of my kiddos were able to open and close their PackIt with ease, which was also a huge plus.
I am very happy with our new PackIt Lunch Bags and feel like it is our final check box in being ready to go back to school!
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