A Healthy Toddler Lunch with PlanetBox

So mealtime with Bella used to be rather challenging, since she ONLY wanted milk. But earlier this year, Bella decided to give up milk, and has been loving food ever since! And what better way to keep her interested in food than an adorable and eco friendly, metal lunchbox! Planet Box! It fits so much yumminess inside, and the carrier for it has so many little pockets for stashing other snacks too! WE chose the "Rover" lunchbox and we are love, love, loving it.
Even though she won't drink milk anymore, she still gets plenty of calcium because she's become a yogurt and cheese fanatic, we love mixing fresh fruit into her organic yogurt too, adding blueberries gives her yogurt a sweet pop of color and antioxidants! A 4 ounce pod of yogurt fits perfectly in Big Dipper, with room for any toppings you want to add. I mean we all know that toppings are the funnest (that's a word, right?). The string cheese she loves also fits perfectly into the long compartment of the Rover.
Who doesn't love dipping carrot sticks too? Carrots are another favorite of hers. And nope, that's not peanut butter, but WOWbutter! Since she has food allergies we steer clear of all peanut and other nut butters but WOWbutter (made from soy) and Sunbutter (made from sunflower seeds) are both two safe and delicious options that we love for dipping. It fits perfectly in the tiny middle compartment.
Goodness, where do I even begin to start with Broccoli. Steamed broccoli is everything in our home. She loves it, I love it, hubby loves it. Broccoli was my absolute favorite thing to eat when I was growing up so it's so cute seeing that it's also Bella's favorite thing to eat as well. We eat it fresh, steamed with salt and pepper, steamed with lemon pepper, steamed with parmesan cheese... we're even growing some in our garden so I can't wait to steam some of our very own once it's ready for harvesting! When asked what her favorite food is her response is "umm, broccoli and chicken", I mean the cutest, right?!
Okay, so for her main dish... we are pasta obsessed, but for the most part we've switched to gluten free pasta since we've noticed we feel better after eating it than we do regular pasta. I also make my own pasta sauce, for a few reason... it tastes better, it doesn't contain nasty preservatives and other additives AND its cheaper since I make it in large batches and freeze it for whenever we need it. Sometimes I love to add something extra to the sauce though, so I finely chopped an onion and a bell pepper in the food processor and sautéed them with a little olive oil. I added a container of my homemade pasta sauce to it, cooked it a little longer and added it to the pasta. So much yum. A nice size portion fits perfectly into the large area of the Rover Planet Box. (you can find my pasta sauce recipe here).
And we can't forget to have a little sweets... the Little Dipper that also comes with the Rover is pretty much perfect to throw a few of her favorite cookies from Skeeter Nut Free in! They fit adorably great and its sized to satisfy that little sweet tooth.
Still not completely convinced? Here are a few reasons you should consider the Planet Box:
1. It's easy to remember healthy portion sizes and to pack a variety of things to eat and snack on.
2. It's eco friendly! By packing your own lunch it keeps tons of trash out of landfills. Ever seen how much waste a Lunchable makes? That big plastic container with a plastic film over top? I wonder how long it takes for something like that to break down and become dirt again? Though I don't know the exact number I'm sure it's longer than you or I will ever live. Let's not forget to remember that we're leaving this planet for our children and our children's children and beyond.
3. It's safe! Planet Box takes safety to a whole new level when it comes to a lunchbox. Non-toxic,  non-leaching, no BPA, no phthalates and no lead. Just good old fashioned stainless steel. It is honestly very retro in feel and extremely durable and quality made. I feel like it will probably last for pretty much forever! Oh and did I mention that it's dishwasher safe and doesn't retain smells or stains? WIN-WIN!
4. It's fun and customizable! Kids love to help out. Especially when it comes to food and things that involve them. Kids can enjoy helping choose what to pack for their lunches and  enjoy customizing their Planet Boxes with magnets and carry bags to match their unique personalities!
It's summer now, but all of the kiddos will be heading back to school here in just a couple short months, so now is the time to get a head start on that back to school shopping. We seriously love our Planet Box and we know you will too! Head on over to www.planetbox.com to find out more and choose yours!

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