Toddler Lunch Time Solution


c/o Mira
Toddler lunches are hard. There are a million things to consider. They have to be able to eat it on their own. They usually can't microwave it. They have to store it until lunch. Some schools (like R's) don't allow nuts. There are more "can't eat's" than "eats" in this world. So when R started school this year I knew I wanted to up his lunch game. I reached out to Mira to partner with high hopes.
I did my research before I ordered, and I picked them because they are BPA free and the perfect toddler lunch size. I ordered the 13 ounce size for R's lunch, but honestly I have used it for mine too. The walls are double vacuum insulated and they have a condensation blocker. They are leak proof and stainless steel.  I also love that they support the Community Water Center which provides clean drinking water to those in need. I love buying things from companies that give back.
So here's the run down. With most thermoses, you preheat them by pouring in boiling water, microwaving whatever you want inside, and then putting them together. But I don't want R's food steaming hot, so I am able to skip the first step. I simply microwave whatever food I plan on sending, put it in the thermos in the morning, and pack it in his lunch. Easy. I've checked with his teacher, who says that it's hot and ready for him when he has lunch. The claim on them is that they keep items cold for 10 hours and hot for 5 hours, but the reviews online say that the food stays hot/cold even longer. Food doesn't usually last that long in our house- so we haven't tried that test out yet!
My ONLY thing I don't love about it is that you can't put it in the dishwasher. Which, is because it's a quality stainless steel product and I get it. It's worth the trade off, and it's pretty easy to clean.

Here's some awesome toddler things to put in it:

Hot:

  • pastas (R's mac and cheese for tomorrow is cooking while I write this!) 
  • quesadilla slices 
  • pizza slices (just cut it smaller and lay it sideways) 
  • quiche 
  • scrambled eggs
  • baked/refried beans 
  • chili 
  • oatmeal 
  • nuggets
  • fried rice
  • pizza rolls
  • meatballs (in our case veggie ones- they work too!) 
  • asian noodles- any kind 
  • enchiladas, burritos, soft tacos 

Pretty much anything cold works too, but I love these in there. 
  • milk, and then pack cereal 
  • smoothies 
Order it here, it comes in a few different colors: 



And R's lunchbox, which he LOVES can be found here. It looks like they are out of the dump truck now, but check out the taco truck! I love it.



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