I don’t remember much about my lunchboxes as a kid. I might have had a couple of different ones in elementary school, but since my memory doesn’t go back much further than yesterday, it’s safe to say I don’t remember them. I think most kids have fond memories of their lunchboxes and the lunches within, though.
As for me, I just decided it’s never too late to relive your childhood through lunchboxes.
At the ripe old age of 27 (quickly sliding down the hill toward 30), I bought myself a lunchbox!
I’m sure you’re picturing a pink lunchbox with My Little Ponies or Care Bears on it, but this lunchbox is different. Sophisticated, even. It’s a Laptop Lunchbox.
Laptop Lunchboxes are half grade-school lunchbox and half Japanese bento. In other words, it’s one large square outer box that contains 4 square, smaller containers. All those containers? They’re at least 60% of the reason I’m so excited about my Laptop Lunchbox. I love organizing things and those containers let me to organize my lunch! So awesome.
The other 40% of the reason I love it? It’s got me excited about lunch again! As a kid I used to loath packing my lunch (to the point where in high school I just resorted eating fries from the cafeteria every day), but now I can’t wait to pack my lunch every night and I look forward to opening it the next day. Dorky? Probably. But hey, I was never a cool kid.
I’ll be honest, my biggest concern before I bought a Laptop Lunchbox was getting enough food in there. I may be small, but I like to eat! However I’m happy to report that after using it for 2 weeks, I have not been left hungry even once.
So what kinds of stuff can you put in one of these grown-up lunchboxes? Pretty much anything you want! I often put leftovers in mine, which is a great way to use them up without having to take 47 tupperware containers to work. Here are two really lousy photos of some lunches I’ve packed (I pack my lunch the night before, so the lighting is awful):
Contents: Turkey sandwich with champagne cheddar (as yummy as I predicted!), tomato and cucumber salad, a whole fuji apple sliced in half, some dark chocolate pretzels, and a little bit of peanut butter (for the apple) in the tiny container.
Contents: Leftover shrimp scampi (pasta in one container, shrimp in the other), a small salad with carrots, dressing in the tiny container, and some fresh grapes.
There are about a million other ideas for what to pack in your Laptop Lunchbox on Flickr. There’s really no limit to how creative you can be in packing the food in there. You can omit some (or all) of the containers in favor of putting food directly in the outer box, you can leave out the utensils (fork and spoon) in favor of putting extra food on the side, you can use containers within containers, etc.
Other reasons to love Laptop Lunchbox? It promotes healthier eating habits, cuts down on waste, and can be cleaned in the dishwasher.
At the risk of going on and on (and on), let’s just wrap this up by saying that the good company behind Laptop Lunchbox did not pay me or otherwise compensate me for writing this. In fact, they have no idea I’m doing it! I just love my Laptop Lunchbox so much that I thought you might want to get one for yourself, available on the Laptop Lunch website or at Amazon.com.
Or, you know, one for your kids, if you’re too cool for a lunchbox.