When my granddaughter and I Skyped last weekend, she was excited to tell me that she was starting pre-school the next day. Later in the conversation, she ran into the kitchen and came back clutching a pink bundle. “It’s my Planet,” she said.
She was referring to her PlanetBox lunchbox. I was surprised to hear that she had one because I do too and have been waiting until Back to School time to share it with others.
PlanetBox is the best reusable lunchbox I’ve seen. It comes in three packing systems (left to right below): The Launch (6 1/2 cups of food), The Rover (4 1/2 cups of food) and The Shuttle (3 cups of food). All systems can be personalized and can add accessories.
PLANETBOX IN DETAIL
The Launch (see photo at top) includes a sturdy, close-fitting stainless steel container that is divided into three compartments, one big and two smaller. The big compartment can also hold the Satellite Dish, a re-heatable, tempered glass container with a tight-fitting lid made of 100% food safe silicone rubber; it is recommended for wet, messy foods. Plus there’s an impeccably designed, stainless steel, self-sealing “Tall Dipper” for condiments, dips and dressing that fits snugly into one of the compartments.
The PlanetBox is carried in an insulated Carry Bag that comes in four colors, includes a shoulder strap and is made of recycled PET. The whole PlanetBox system is independently certified to be safe from lead, phthalates, and BPA. Plus it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Cost ranges from $35 to $75 depending on the capacity of the packing system and the accessories included, but the cost per use makes it economical because of the generous warranty offered by 3rd Stone Design, manufacturer of the PlanetBox. The stainless steel products are guaranteed for 5 years and other items for one year.
For ideas on what to put into the PlanetBox, check out the suggestions below from the Harvard School of Public Health on what constitutes a Healthy Eating Plate. Half of the plate should be fruits and vegetables and the other half grains and protein.
MAKING LUNCH WITH YOUR CHILD
Making a school lunch is the perfect opportunity to teach your child the components of healthy eating. Katherine Eskovitz, founder of little Blueprint, has written a ground-breaking book on nutrition based on the Healthy Eating Plate as well as on scientific findings regarding children and eating. The book can help you to focus food decision making on your child.
To Be a Healthy Eater, I Have a Plan (26 pages, all ages) uses brain science to empower children to make a healthy eating plan. ( LEAD: Logic and Emotions to Analyze and Decide). The book helps children learn about nutrition, examine the emotions associated with eating, consider different food options and develop their own plan thus giving children the tools they need to develop and maintain life-long, healthy eating habits.
Healthy food in a healthy lunch container. I’m a happy mama.
The Healthy Eating Plate is copyrighted by Harvard University. Copyright © 2011, Harvard University. For more information about The Healthy Eating Plate, please see The Nutrition Source, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, and Harvard Health Publications,
Peggy O’Mara is the editor and publisher of peggyomara.com. She was the editor and publisher of Mothering Magazine from 1980 to 2011 and founded Mothering.com in 1995. The author of Having a Baby Naturally; Natural Family Living; The Way Back Home; and A Quiet Place, Peggy has conducted workshops at Omega Institute, Esalen, La Leche League, and Bioneers. She is the mother of four and grandmother of two.