My 4-year-old started preschool this year, so I’m a total newbie at this lunch-making business! Over the past year I had seen others using these PlanetBoxes and I knew I had to have one once the time came for me to become a legit mom. Soccer practice started the same week, so I reached all sorts of crazy levels of mommy hood that I’d never done before! I love the safety of stainless steel, the absence of plastic baggies (cost and environmental reasons), how easy it is to clean, how organized it keeps things, and I legitimately believe it makes my kid eat things he normally wouldn’t! And I’m not gonna lie, I totally have fun packing this thing and getting creative. Don’t hate me.
I opened the package from PlanetBox and it was like they just knew my kid was obsessed with dinos. They probably heard at least one of his hourly “ROOOOAR!!!!!”s. All day ‘err day. These magnets are perfect to personalize your kid’s lunchbox. They have dozens of options, and you can even personalize some of your own. Pop ’em off to clean and they go right back on the stainless steel lid. I’m pretty sure his favorite part about preschool is his lunch.
I went with a breakfast theme because my kids (and I) love breakfast food, and it’s a nice switch from the norm. I’d been wanting to make this trail mix for a while, and thought this was a perfect opportunity. Cashews, dried cherries (I get these from Costco and put them in my oatmeal), sweet coconut strips, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dark chocolate chunks, and salted caramel coconut chips (crunchy toasted coconut chips you can now find at most stores, I got these at Sprouts or Trader Joe’s or Target).
My kids love green spinach pancakes. I’ve been loving using cookie cutters for lunch art, so I knew I wanted to cut the pancakes into what else, dinos. Instead of making a million little pancakes, I baked my batter for 15 minutes, cut out my shapes, and saved the scraps for my 1-year-old! She’ll get cute lunches one day…
He’s also been loving hard-boiled eggs, and protein keeps him going at preschool. Play is work, right?! I keep the Planetbox in the fridge overnight and pack it in the carrier bag, and it stays relatively cool. For extra measure when I have eggs, yogurt, cheese or anything else I really want to keep cool, I throw an ice pack outside the box and it’s perfect.
I’m loving these extra dippers with their lid. You can actually put the yogurt directly in one of the compartments, shake it all around, and it won’t leak into the other compartments. Try it. I just ran out of room so this was perfect to throw in right outside the lunchbox and in the carrier bag. They also have a smaller dipper that’s perfect to put dip or peanut butter and keep in one of the compartments.
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- 1 c whole wheat flour
- 2 t baking powder
- 1/4 t salt
- 1/8 t cinnamon
- 2 T sugar or honey
- 1 c buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 2 T coconut (or canola) oil
- 1/2 t vanilla
- 1 c packed spinach
- roasted and salted pepitas
- coconut strips
- coconut chips
- dark chocolate chunks
- dried cherries
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease 9x13 pan. Mix dry ingredients in bowl except spinach.
- In blender, blend all remaining wet ingredients and spinach.
- Gently blend wet mixture into dry ingredients until just incorporated. Pour into pan.
- Bake about 15 minutes, or until pancake springs back when gently pushed. Let cool before cutting.
- Mix desired amounts of each ingredient together.