Notes from the Kitchen: School Lunch Fun with Innobaby & Rachael Ray’s Yum-O

We’ve been having a lot of fun testing out different back to school items, and these bento’s from Innobaby are hands-down one of our favorites!

The perfect size for toddlers, snacks, or even a tightly packed lunch for an elementary school student, the Keepin’ Fresh Stainless Bento is made from a stainless steel liner with a BPA-free sleeve, which minimizes temperature changes and protects the stainless steel from denting.  A matching hinged lid snaps on all four sides, for ease of opening for little fingers, and a silicon ring to help seal the bento and keep the contents fresh.

Although marketed as a toddler line, we found our Keepin’ Fresh Stainless Bento to be the perfect size for my 9-year-old.  We were able to fit a cut sandwich (stacked), carrots sticks, and cookies in ours, with an apple to round out the meal in her bag.  Alternatively, a second Keepin’ Fresh Bento or the dual compartment version would have been a perfect inclusion for a fruit salad or messier side. My daughter also loved the whimsical fish designs and the matching water bottle, which featured a snap down cap and silicone straw. Overall this is a great product to store food as well as a stylish one that has more functions and hardware than your typical Tupperwear.

Innobaby products are available at http://www.innobaby.com/

 

While we love our stylish bento lunches, we’re also excited about the school lunch news from Rachael Ray.  Her Yum-O foundation and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation have collaborated to develop and share a series of healthier lunch recipes for school cafeterias.

Featuring items such as a Southwestern Turkey Cobb Salad, Silly Chili con Fusilli, and Orange You Glad its Glazed Chicken and Noodles, these recipes are available for free for parents and administrators on www.healthiergeneration.org. All 8 recipes shared meet three main criteria:

  • Made for schools. Recipes are created specifically for easy preparation in a school setting.
  • Nutritious and delicious. The recipes meet the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’??s school nutrition guidelines, which meet or exceed USDA guidelines.
  • Taste-tested and approved. The recipes were tested in real school kitchens with real kids.

‘??Getting students excited about the food they eat in school and giving them access to flavorful choices made with more fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains is so important when it comes to teaching them about making healthy food choices,’? Ray stated.

Even better, Yum-o! has created ‘??at-home’? versions of these recipes, also available on their website, so kids and their families can recreate the meals in their own kitchen’s enabling families to learn even more about nutrition and healthy eating at home.

For more information, or to find these recipes, visit:
http://RachaelRay.com
http://Yum-O.org
http://HealthierGeneration.org

Momtrends was not paid for this post. We did receive Innobaby samples to try out their bento’s.

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