Ladies & Gents… this week, I’m about to do something I’ve NEVER done before.
Skydiving? Ziplining? White Water Rafting?
Bah, I’ve never done those things either. But they’re along the same lines in skill and difficulty as what I’m about to take on. Are you ready for this? Deep breath.
This week, for the very first time… I will pack a school snack.
(Okay, stop laughing at me. I know it’s not the most daunting task in the world, but frankly, I’m terribly excited about it! I even took Ryder on a grocery run specifically so we could identify some of his favourite snacking foods. And before you totally roll your eyes, it’s not even a school lunch – just a snack. I know, I’m getting way too into this.)
We recently attended an open house for Ryder’s new school, and one of the first questions I asked his new teacher:
“Can you please talk to me about snack time etiquette?”
Well, it was pretty simple – no nuts, litterless packaging is preferred, and sharing of snacks is completely forbidden. Cool! I can deal with that. But I had a nagging question that I just needed to have addressed:
“So, um, if the child would like more than one snack, is that allowed?”
I know what you’re thinking – it’s only a couple of hours of school! Surely a handful of grapes would suffice? Er… no. You see, Ryder has officially been diagnosed with hollow legs. (Note: there was no official diagnosis.) He can eat and eat and eat and he’ll say after about 10 minutes, “I’m hungry please.” He has snackitis, with his peak snack attacks happening between 2 and 3pm. And so I was concerned that he’d crave more than just a little noshing during school hours. The good news?
“He can have as many snacks as he’d like!” responded his new teacher with a tight smile.
(Translation: He can have two snacks. We’re not running a restaurant.)
And so I came home, thinking that I had to run out and buy some cute, toddler-sized snacking containers for my little man. But then I remembered the Rubbermaid had recently sent their new LunchBlox Sandwich Kit for review, and I was quite certain it’d be the perfect solution!
“Rubbermaid LunchBlox makes packing lunch easier than ever. These modular containers snap together in multiple configurations to efficiently use the space in your lunch box or bag. Containers are perfectly portioned for your favorite lunch foods with handy measurements on the sides of each container. Your lunch stays chilled with snap in Blue Ice. Individual containers are sold separately from kits so you can configure a different way everyday.”
YAY for Rubbermaid! The LunchBlox was the perfect size to store an assortment of snacks that I know Ryder would plow through in a matter of minutes.
We had a snacking “trial run” yesterday afternoon (don’t judge) and I assembled a few of his favourites: cheese and crackers, strawberries, Goldfish crackers and dry roasted green peas. Then, when I closed all of the containers, I was happy to see that they also snapped together to minimize space – brilliant! I inserted the Blue Ice pack to show you how simple it is to keep the food fresh and cool.
I know I’m way too giddy about this, but amuse me please! I’m so happy to have found a great lunch (and snack!) solution that is from the trusted Rubbermaid brand. The kit retails for $12.99 and can be found at Walmart, Loblaws, Home Hardware, London Drugs, Co-op and TruServ.