Back to School Guide 2014 Christian Food Kids Parenting Product Reviews

Lunch Box Essentials All Kids Need

Disclosure: I received the items below to facilitate my review. All opinions stated here are my own.

My son brings his lunch bag to school everyday. I am always looking for products that make my life a little easier, products that are healthier, and items for his lunch bag. Below are some of the brands that have really impressed me with their healthy food/drink options or quality of products.

Pack It


Tired of putting ice packs in your kids school lunch box? PackIt Lunch bags have ice packs all around! All you do is place the entire lunch bag in the freezer, take it out in the morning and place your kids lunches in the bag. The food will be kept cool for up to 10 hours! The PackIt folds up to the size of a paperback book for compact storage in freezer and shakes open easily so you pack on the run. The reusable bags are free of harmful PVC, BPA, phthalates and lead and are made with nontoxic food-safe materials. The PackIt Lunch bags don’t have to be just for kids – keeping baby bottles cool, keeping your lunch cool at work, so many possibilities!

Spark and Spark


I love items that can be personalized and made unique. Spark and Spark items can be personalized with your child’s name. They’ll never lose that lunch bag again! Spark and Spark has notebooks, lunch bags, snack containers, plates, thermos, and so much more that can be personalized! They have designs for both girls and boys. The neoprene lunch tote is very spacious keeping food hot or cold. The snack container has plenty of space for your child’s snacks. It has an easy open lid that keeps food secure when closed.

Mira Brands


Kids need reliable containers when bring food in their lunch bags. Mira Brands has a variety of containers that are perfect for all foods and snacks. They are well insulated to keep food warm. The stainless steel containers offer a great alternative to  plastic Tupperware. MIRA reusable BPA-free food storage containers are perfect for packing nuts, fruit,  chips, apples, pretzels and more! Use them to store leftovers.  Pack kid’s lunches, snacks or portion control lunches for yourself, and picnics on the go, while saving trash. The air vacuumed jar is perfect for holding soups or liquid items.



Not all plastic containers are made the same. Snapware has become the only plastic containers I buy and keep at home. They resist stains, are leakproof, and are 100% air tight! Perfect for packing kids lunches! Sometimes kids just drop their lunch bags which could potentially open their food containers – with Snapware there are no worries! Lids are closed by snapping down on the four tabs to get a 100% airtight seal. Snapware comes in a variety of sizes for all your lunch making needs.



Make your child’s sandwiches with fun shapes with the help of FunBites. Create bite-sized fun shapes with the different cutters available. Hearts, squares, triangles, and so much more. Make them want to eat their sandwiches with exciting designs. It also works on fruits! It is easy to use and works great with the different types of breads I’ve used.



Good2Grow juices were a hit with my kids. Having their favorite characters on the juices was a definite plus for them! This momma loves that there is no added sugar, non GMO, No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. They can enjoy a nice cold drink without me worrying about what is inside. They have a fruit and veggie blend, 100% juice, and 100% organic juice. The Spill-proof Sippa top bottle toppers are excellent for little hands – if they drop it no worries! Plus, with their favorite character they won’t want to drop it. Safe in the car, safe in their lunch boxes, and safe on the go. Some of the characters available – Spiderman, Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, Dora, Mickey Mouse, and so much more! Available in 3 sizes – 4oz, 6oz, and 8oz



If there is a snack I want to eat along with my kids its Snikiddy! Their variety of snack items have all been amazingly flavorful. They have Baked fries, Cheese Puffs, and Eat Your Vegetables. My family and I have tasted every type and they have all been excellent. I enjoy eating snacks but let’s face it they are not all good for us. Snikiddy gives families a healthier option to satisfy our snack cravings. The Snikiddy brand is a portfolio of better for you snacks that are simple, wholesome real products for families. The snacks will appeal to both adults and children!

Fruit Shoot


Fruit Shoot comes in four delicious flavors: Orange, Berry Burst, Apple, and Strawberry Raspberry. No high fructose corn syrup and made with real fruit juice. The added plus is that each bottle has a no spill cap. They have no sugar added and regular options. Perfect for lunch boxes or grabbing on the go. Fruit Shoot offers kids hydration and flavors they will love!



GoPicnic ready-to-eat-meals are great for school lunches as it does not require any refrigeration or preparation so when you are in a rush and don’t have time to make your child lunch – just grab a GoPicnic. You will know they are getting nutritious, tasty meals that include a protein, whole grains, fruit, and sweet treat for dessert. Each product is individually wrapped to avoid wastage and cross-contamination. Products also run the gamut from gluten-free to Kosher to vegan for children with food allergies. Each GoPicnic meal is under 500 calories and contains no trans fats, high fructose corn syrup or added MSG, and no artificial colors or flavors.



AquaBall truly is Water Only Better! AquaBall supplies a good source of Vitamins B3, B5, B6, B12 and Vitamin C. With no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial colors or flavors, no sugar, and no calories! AquaBall is sweetened with Stevia, an all-natural sweetener which allows AquaBall to maintain the highly coveted ZERO CALORIE logo! Kids are hydrated and have just enough flavor to keep them coming back for more and with their favorite characters in the bottle, they will be sure to ask for AquaBall in their lunch bags. Aren’t they adorable?!



My kids really enjoy Barbara’s Snackimals Cookies and I am ok with them have an occasional sweet treat. They are made with no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, or trans fat. Just wholesome goodness with real ingredients. Non-GMO and made with organic grains. They really are delicious!



Packing your child’s school lunch everyday can be a challenge if you have no where to place food that needs to be maintained hot or cold. Thermos FUNtainers can help with that! Their kids FUNtainers can hold food hot for up to 5 hours and cold up to 7 hours. The double wall vacuum insulation offers maximum temperature retention whether is it hot or cold. They are made with durable stainless steel material. Plenty of space for soups or pastas. The Thermos FUNtainer bottles keep drinks cold up to 12 hours! It has a hygienic push button lid with pop up silicone straw as well as a carrying handle. It has a non-slip, scratch resistant base and made with the same durable stainless steel material.

What is your favorite lunch bag item?



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