Guess what? It's time to think about Back-To-School. I know: ugh! But to help ease the transition, Jacqueline Linder of LunchBots is kind enough to sponsor a giveaway of their awesome lunch boxes on my blog. Since I am already a committed fan of these boxes for my own bentomaking, I thought it was a perfectly fitting idea!
First off, let me tell you a bit about them. The company is California-based, and the material they use is the highest quality 18/8 stainless steel, which does not leach chemicals like plastic does. Both the box and the separate lid are made of stainless steel. Some styles include a fixed divider which is also stainless steel. I have both an undivided (Uno) and divided (Duo) style, which I use equally. The thing I like best about these boxes is the simplicity. There are lots of fancy, decorated bento boxes widely available, with multiple tiers, complicated latches and integrated carrier handles. I know; I own several of them. I love them! But on a daily basis, you just can't beat this basic non-reactive, non-staining stainless steel style. The ones I have are sized just right for my second-grade son, and I can pack a complete healthy bento very easily. The lids slide on without hooks, clips or latches; hence, nothing to break or fall off during wild lunchbag swinging. The quality is very good; the metal is thick and solid to withstand dents and dropping. The depth is such that you can add silicone or metal cups to separate foods or flavors if necessary; which I have also done. And to top it off, the shape and colorful lids are quite esthetically pleasing. You would be just as comfortable packing a man's lunch as you would a child's. I can recommend these LunchBots highly. There is a smaller size available for younger children or for snacks, and a larger size for bigger appetites. One caveat to be aware of is that since there are no plastic or rubber components or latches, the box is not watertight. Any soup, stew, dressing or gravy would be better packed in a separate thermal or tight-sealing lidded container. I have never had any problems with leakage of normal, non-liquid foods, and my son has never had a problem opening and closing the box.
Okay, now for the fun part! LunchBots has kindly offered to send one LunchBot of your choice to one lucky winner. All you have to do is look at their product page, tell me which one you'd like -- Uno, Duo, Eco or Pico -- and just for fun, what you'd pack in your first LunchBots bento! I'll keep the contest open for a week, and pick the winner (US only; sorry!) at random a week from today. Don't forget to leave your contact info in your comment so we can get in touch with you if you win! If you don't win, don't worry. Jacqueline is giving you a coupon code so you can still stock up for less: use BACKTOSCHOOL for 15% off your purchase at LunchBots.com!
I am a former research scientist turned stay-at-home-mom of 2 who got started with bento in an effort to help my kids learn that eating healthy and nutritious foods can be fun and cute. I make a bento lunch for my 9yo (4th grader) son & my 5yo kindergartener girl every school day, and post the pictures on my sherimiya ♥ flickr photostream. Here in this blog is where I describe each bento, and you'll also get a peek inside our family adventures. Thanks for taking a look, and please let me know what you think ^-^!