Packing it in – Eating on the Run

by Ashley on December 19, 2014

in Reviews, Uncategorized

Over the years, as my food allergies have increased, the ability to eat out has dramatically decrease.  The addition of corn and ALL its many bi-products to the majority of the food we consume has meant that even a simple tossed salad or a cup of tea can become a dangerous and painful venture for me. 

Restaurants try to disclose their ingredients, labels give vague details of what’s included (ever wonder, “What are natural flavorings?  And why not use the real thing?”) and “pre-washed” vegetables taunt me in the grocery store aisles. 

After years of trying and failing when it comes to eating out, of severe reactions and painful hours after I have basically given up eating out.  If I want to fuel my body when I’m on the road, I need to pack the food (and most often before it’s packed I need to bake/make it) and bring it along. 

In general, as frustrated as I am about the garbage they’re putting into our food, and the fact that it leaves me without options, I’m also ok with it.   I’m not really spontaneous by nature, I like to plan, I like to be organized (list writers unite!) and I like to consume healthy foods.  So, planning & packing food isn’t really a problem for me.

It also great on our pocket books.  For the most part if I’m already packing myself food, I pack things for my family as well.  I like knowing what they’re eating and the savings of packing your own lunch/snacks vs. purchasing them can be huge!  Don’t get me wrong, they still eat out at times, and I totally think treats are fun – I just like to find the balance.

For me, the part I find most frustrating about the packing of food process, is the container, containment!  It’s a thing, really. 

You see 4 people + snacks + lunch = a WHOLE LOTTA containers.  Now, I have a minivan and it does have a lot of room, but I’d prefer to not use up all that space with our containers. 

Rubbermaid - Lunch 2

As part of the same opportunity I had to try out these storage space saving Rubbermaid containers, I was also given the opportunity to try out the Rubbermaid LunchBlox Sandwich Kit containers.

These containers have been designed to be a lunch packers dream!  The containers are perfectly portioned into different sizes, with a Built-In Blue Ice pack, and the lids/containers all snap together.   I think the fact that they all lock together is my favourite feature.  Since we are often times on the move driving while I’m eating, having everything together as one means I’m not chasing flying salad & cashews across my van.

The Built-In Blue Ice means that my daily salad & dressing, along with the girls’ cheese & crackers stay cool for longer.  Warm lettuce makes me gag and squishy cheese is nasty!  They’re also large enough that I’m able to pack things for more than just one of us to eat.

So far, I’m really impressed with these containers, not just for my lunches but in the girls’ school lunches too.  We can separate out a few containers each and they still lock together.  Then when they get home, I’m able to toss them into the dishwasher (or microwave if we’re warming up what’s left) without having to worry!

Packing lunches & snacks whether you’re facing food allergies like I am or just trying to make better choices for your family is easier with the Rubbermaid LunchBlox Sandwich Kit!

If you’re already packing lunches, do you have these fantastic containers to work with?   What do you pack?

If you don’t pack lunches, I’d love to urge you to give it a try – you’ll be surprised at how easy & beneficial it is!

“Disclosure: I am part of the Rubbermaid Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

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When Mama loses her Lid!

by Ashley on December 2, 2014

in MomCentral

Over the years as a parent I’ve learned many things – babies are actually cute little bombs, capable of exploding from either end without warning, toddler kisses are gooey but golden and my sanity can be quickly lost while packing school lunches.

It’s not that I don’t like packing school lunches, in fact it’s one of those “labour of love” things for me that I like to do.  We do our best to keep it interesting & healthy, the girls don’t mind leftovers (!) and Corey is happy with almost anything I create.  Each lunch is put together with my heart and finished off with a “love bite”. 

The trouble isn’t even timing.  I pack lunches in the evenings either during or after dinner prep.  That gives me time to get creative, put it all together and significantly simplifies my mornings.  I have myself well organized before the chaos of school mornings begins and means that I don’t need to be up at 3am to pack Corey’s lunch.

My issue with lunch packing is the containing of said lunches.  We do our best to avoid disposable materials in our lunches by using containers.  I have them in all shapes and sizes, with multiple purposes and colors.  The trouble is – every day.  Every. Single. Day.  I spend half the time it takes to make a lunch searching for all the appropriate components to contain it. 

We’ve organized the container drawer many times.  We’ve tried like sized lids together, containers stacked beside – nobody sorts by size.  I’ve tried lids on each container – then I’d need 54 container drawers.  I’ve even tried labeling containers & lids, but let’s get real – who has time to read them all?

The most commonly used system in this house?  Dump it in the drawer and hope Mama doesn’t scream when she tries to make lunch. 

Let’s just say that system doesn’t work well, and Mama might actually scream (inwardly) when making some lunches…

Now, from what I’ve heard I’m not the only one.  Whether it’s packing lunches or storing leftovers, we all have containers and we all have the same question, “WHERE IS THE LID?!”

Rubbermaid - Easy Find Lids

I think the makers of Rubbermaid must’ve heard us, that or maybe they were just like us, on the desperate hunt for container that had a lid. 

Whatever it is, they’ve come up with a solution and it’s working for me!

The Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids solve two problems in one.  The gradually sized containers nest together for tidy storage, while the lids both snap together and also attach to the bottoms of the containers.

As always the containers meet up to the high standards in quality we expect from Rubbermaid.  They’re freezer & microwave safe, which for us is great.  The girls love leftover spaghetti for lunch, and often I make extra to freeze.  With the Rubbermaid Easy Find Lid container, I just pull it out of the freezer, pop it in the microwave & fill their thermoses.  Then, because they’re dishwasher safe I can toss it in the machine & we’re out the door.

Rubbermaid - Easy Spaghetti

Having my leftovers easy to re-heat is nice, having my lunch packing less chaotic is great, but having my container drawer tidier & more organized is bliss.  Pure, sweet, Type-A organizer bliss!

Well done Rubbermaid.  Well done!

“Disclosure: I am part of the Rubbermaid Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

 

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