Ah. The packed lunch. The daily wrestle with cling film (never sticks) or tin foil (risk of a severed finger). Happily, gone are the days when Ieuan’s diet consisted of peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Last week he ate some broccoli. And actually swallowed it.
My two have school dinners (to compensate for my somewhat lacklustre ability in the kitchen) but from time to time they do have packed lunches and these usually consist of a plain sandwich, a packet of crisps, a piece of fruit and something chocolatey, flapjacky or liable to receive a Paddington Stare from Jamie Oliver.
The one item that I can never fit in is their favourite yoghurt or chopped fruit.
So we were mightily impressed by these lovely Sistema Bento Lunch Boxes that we were sent to try, along with two substantial sized and sturdy Davina Water Bottles, which hold 745ml.
The Sistema Bento Lunch Box includes a yoghurt pot, a moveable divider to keep wraps and sandwiches intact without any additional packaging and two smaller compartments for smaller pieces of fruit and snacks. The boxes come in pink, blue, green and purple.
The Davina Water Bottles feature a unique Twist n Sip Spout, are leak proof and come in pink, blue, melon, purple and green.
Both products are BPA and Phthalate free, plus they are dishwasher safe (top shelf only).
The boxes hold a surprisingly large amount of food and the bottles are equally generous. Now the kids are bigger some of the usual fruit squash brands in disposable bottles are just too small for a long school trip. The yoghurt/snack pots hold a decent amount of yoghurt although you have to chop the fruit quite small if you want to include a fruit salad.
Cleaning is easy too, although I know that some plastic products do tend to fade quite substantially even if you are careful to place them in the top rack of the dishwasher. So I’ve hand washed these to preserve their lovely bright colour for a bit longer.
All of the lids, flaps and dividers can be removed for a thorough clean. (The instructions for how to safely and effectively clean the Twist n Sip Spout can be found here).
We really liked these Sistema products. They are bright, cheerful, sturdy and well made and the Bento Box really adds a much-needed novelty element to a packed lunch.
Ieuan announced that “that was one of the best lunches I’ve had in a long time”. And I think he even ate some carrot.
You can find some great ideas on what to actually put in your lunchbox in these posts:-