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Packed Easy Lunchbox

In two hours my daughter, Alana, will be leaving to catch a 5:00 am bus to Idaho with her ballroom dance team for a competition. Performing tours are not cheap and food is another expense.

Since they’ll be riding the bus for a number of hours, I packed up some food for the trip. I told you about our Easy Lunchboxes months ago, but after this exercise in meal packing I was so impressed, I had to take photos.

Using one of our Easy Lunchboxes, I packed away enough food for the entire first day of travel. (Read that: less restaurant money down the drain.)

In one lunch bag cooler, I packed the following:

  • Food container #1 (breakfast): apple/maple oatmeal with vanilla yogurt; clementine; raisins
  • Food container #2 (lunch): whole wheat turkey cheese bagel; baby carrots; celery sticks with peanut butter; M&Ms
  • Extras: apple; banana; 2 yogurt containers; 3 cheese sticks; ice pack; spoons; napkins; note

All that in one cooler! Better food; less money. We use our Easy Lunchboxes all the time. Love them!

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  • Kelly Lester February 25, 2011, 8:27 am

    LOL! If we didn’t have white tile in our kitchen I would think these were OUR filled- to- the- brim lunchbags Alison! Go Team Alana!!!!!!
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  • Benny Cox February 25, 2011, 8:47 am

    Personally I use road trips as an excuse to have all the unhealthy foods I ate on vacation as a little kid but dont eat now.Pringles chocolate covered peanuts cheese-its..also one-hand non-messy foods that dont have to be eaten hot like empanadas left over pizza a white pizza with grilled chicken and spinach would be delicious cold calzones ahd fried pies are great and easy if you dont want to stop to assemble sandwiches at a rest stop..

  • Margie February 25, 2011, 10:56 am

    I like those containers with the separate compartments. Clever. I’ve been looking for something like that for my kids to take to school.

  • SueBee February 25, 2011, 11:02 am

    Is that THE Kelly Lester? The one in the vid with Greg Brady that you told me about? Loved it!

  • Bryan February 25, 2011, 10:17 pm

    Hi Alison,

    We do this when we take long trips! Nothing like avoiding the yuck fast food scene. Admittedly, I do eat more fast food than I should, but we get so tired of spending the money to eat out. BTW, my kids love yogurt. They would absolutely love the kind in the pics. Thanks!
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  • Alison Moore Smith February 26, 2011, 2:05 pm

    There’s just something about sitting in a car (or on a plane) for hours, isn’t there. The boredom just pulls your hand into the pringles can. But we’ve been pretty successful packing up healthy food to alleviate some of that. Of course, eating an entire bag of baby carrots has it’s own drawbacks. Don’t ask me how I know.

  • Alison Moore Smith February 26, 2011, 2:07 pm

    Thanks, Jon. Glad you could stop by!

    I actually love the GW light yogurts. Not perfect formulations for clean eaters, but some flavors are mighty tasty.

  • Jon February 26, 2011, 1:16 pm

    Well-balanced meals, easy lunchbox packing and I’m a Great Value yogurt eater as well 🙂 Nifty article!

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  • Alison Moore Smith February 26, 2011, 4:29 pm

    Moin, I know what you mean! Packed a lunch just last week for a kid with a day full of commitments, only to have it come home completely intact…a few days later when it wasn’t edible. Ack.

    Generally, though, if my kids come home ravenous with a half-eaten lunch, they will get de-ravenous by eating the rest. 🙂

  • Moin February 26, 2011, 3:32 pm

    Hey Alsion,
    I love these kind of lunch boxes too. I just wish my kids would actually eat the food I put in them – only half gets eaten some days. Usually the reason cited is ‘we didn’t have time’ or ‘I had to go and do something’ etc…. Makes for ravenous kids at the end of day! Still, I think compartmentalised lunch boxes do encourage variety and just make the food look nicer. I should use mine more often…..
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  • Alison Moore Smith February 26, 2011, 10:44 pm

    That’s great Vennesa! We homeschool and sometimes my kids want to use them even if we’re eating in the kitchen. We also take them on field trips and to long rehearsals, etc.

  • Vennesa February 26, 2011, 10:00 pm

    I have these and love them too. My kids want to take a home lunch to school more often because they think these containers are so cool. I love that they’re not eating the garbage they serve at the school.
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  • DiNaRa February 27, 2011, 1:37 am

    I wish someone prepared such box for me every morning – in this case I would have no problems with weight 🙂

  • Alison Moore Smith February 27, 2011, 11:38 am

    Packing such meals really does help with weight! Planning out some healthy meals — when you’re not starving and/or super busy — is the best way to make it easy to eat healthy food. 🙂

  • Anna February 28, 2011, 12:52 am

    I have an idea (maybe I should apply to the company that produces such boxes) – they should provide the list of possible things for packing, for example, several variants for those who prefer healthy food, for those who eat fast food and so on. It can be rather useful as we will not have to think – just buy and enjoy.

  • Alison Moore Smith February 28, 2011, 9:48 am

    Kelly Lester, the owner of Easy Lunchboxes posts regularly on her blog with great meal ideas. She does focus on healthy eating, to be sure! But if you have ideas, do pass them on to her. She loves to share information.

  • Kelly Lester February 28, 2011, 11:24 am

    But I want to know how the competition went??!!! 🙂

  • Kelly Lester February 28, 2011, 11:25 am

    Thanks!!! It’s me, THAT KL, lol. So appreciate your compliment 🙂

  • Alison Moore Smith February 28, 2011, 1:48 pm

    They won some awards, placed in a few events. Got robbed in syllabus because the event organizers messed up and ended up combining heats so there were 50+ couples in opening heat with only a handful of judges. You can’t just that many people with no time and few judges. Alana got some serious camera time (it was televised) for her dance with the T-Wolf mascot.

    Got third in Team Match — if you’ve never seen team match, it is a hoot. Basically it’s a four-event competition where weird takes all, competitors bow in homage to the judges, get higher scores for best judge bribes (even getting 10.5 out of 10 if they go all out), and generally just get crazy.

    And Timpanogos won the Spirit Award of the event. 🙂 They had a blast. She missed choir tour for ballroom tour, but drama tour is next week. Sigh.

  • Kelly Lester February 28, 2011, 5:16 pm

    Well congrats to all then! What a ball (pun intended) she must be having with all this. Ah… to be back in high school again….well, maybe not 😉

  • Samantha March 1, 2011, 11:07 pm

    It can save money and time as well. As a kid, they used to eat more often so it’s much advisable to let them bring their lunchboxes. It’s also important to have them something that they can eat easily to avoid any hassle. Something that they can just pick and put in their mouth. Of course, as parent, you must also think of the nutritional value of the food too.
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  • Alison Moore Smith March 2, 2011, 8:40 am

    Samantha, I sure wish someone would prepare my food, for the very reason you said!
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  • john March 18, 2011, 7:04 am

    I really like the containers with theseperate compartments I had one before but have been looking for another, They are very useful as sometimes things get squashed in the lunchbox. Its nyc to hav things sitting seperately.

  • Alison Moore Smith March 18, 2011, 11:00 am

    John, they really are great. Last night I used one to send our St. Patrick’s Day dinner with a daughter in a rehearsal. Kept it yummy. 🙂

  • John September 27, 2011, 3:03 pm

    Very true… Less money down the drain in expensive restaurants and fast-foods. I work as a salesman and I’m always on the go. I started packing a lunch box and it really made an impact on my checkbook.
    Way to go!

  • NA June 15, 2012, 4:42 am

    This is good idea that you keep fruit with you on any trip . . and your lunch box is so large !

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