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LunchBreak: You Can Eat Our Meals For Dinner Too!

As school and sports are back in session, I’m finding it difficult to go through the motions of shopping for dinner. A couple of weeks back, I dusted off a cookbook to find a delectable dinner to create for my family. I envisioned pulling out of the oven a finely braised chicken surrounded by vegetables. Two hours later, three work calls were put on my calendar, and I forgot that I was on soccer practice drop-off.

At 6pm I’m in the Chix Filet drive-through with two hangry daughters. Don’t get me wrong, they cook a fine bird, but I felt guilty missing the mark on the nutritional angle. I then had an epiphany and pulled out of the parking lot with an Austin Powers esque 7-point turn. I got home, pulled out some LunchBreak dishes, and 2 minutes later, my family was sitting down enjoying dinner, recapping our day. Honestly, it was only seven minutes, but it’s a start.

Our mission is to give time back to parents, by serving fresh, nutritious meals to their children. Maybe you have lunches already handled but need some help during dinner time. We’re here to help! Ideally, we want to give our clients morning back, but if we can help in the evenings, that’s just as good. We took this idea a step further and supplemented our menu with add-ons for our clients to purchase. In addition to eating our lunches for lunch or dinner, we now offer add-ons. Everything from family-style dinners-Chix with Broccoli and Rice and Pot Roast with Potatoes and Cauliflower, as well as egg sous vide bites -a nice breakfast that you can eat with your hands while driving (that’s how I roll). We’ve also added a snack box. I keep these in the glove compartment to fulfill my children’s appetites throughout various commutes.

So, if you’re looking for a dinner solution, we got options. And don’t worry if you order our lunches and decide to use them for dinner. You can even serve them to yourselves. We won’t tell.

-Trevor Nicholson Co–Founder

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Back to School Means Getting More Time Back (for Parents)

With most of the nation’s schools open {insert sigh of relief}, it’s nice to see that kids can embrace some normalcy. It’s also nice to give your kitchen a break. However, it’s more important than ever that your children’s nutritional needs are met – and let’s face it – school lunches don’t usually meet the mark…and that is if your kids will even eat them, right?

If they do, it might seem like a miracle – hot food, ready and plated – and you don’t have to do anything to make it happen. Beware, though, about things that sound too good to be true.

While it’s great that someone else will be in charge of your kid’s food for the day, no one wants the hungry monster that they will face at the door if the school lunch was undercooked, burnt, or just…unrecognizable. Whether your kids are going to school for the very first time or the first time in a while, making sure they have a full belly is crucial to learning outcomes – even the smart people say so. But sadly, school lunches either aren’t filling, aren’t healthy, or aren’t tasty. And sometimes, most of lunchtime is just standing in line to get their food – with little time to actually eat it.

How Do I Find Healthy Lunch Ideas?

Set yourself up for success – and your little one, too – by ensuring they get the food they need at lunchtime without relying on the school’s cafeteria.

We know that sounds a little easier said than done. So, first things first: You need to do the work of finding what they would eat.

Easy back-to-school lunches are rarely ever easy. While it’s true that kids’ lunch ideas can be found across the internet, that involves a lot more work on your end, and that’s especially true if you want them to have healthy back-to-school lunches.

And don’t get us started on the Mom-Lunch-Prepping side of TikTok. If you haven’t found it yet – don’t look. There’s a lot of pressure out there (and you’re doing a great job!).

Don’t worry – you don’t have to know what a bento box is, and you don’t need a grape slicer or a strawberry seed extractor (yep, those are things to get your kids the healthy lunch options they need to get through the day and perform at optimal capacity).

How Late Should I Stay Up to Prep Healthy Lunches?

To meet all the demands of back to school healthy lunches, you’ve got a big day ahead. Or maybe you had a long night before. It feels like a necessity to get up early or stay up late chopping vegetables, picking out sauces, and making sure that the way you assemble the sandwiches doesn’t allow any bit of bread to touch anything else near it. And to top it all off, it has to look like a perfectly curated Instagram post. Perhaps, with a few tips (and a little encouragement) you can make it to bed at a reasonable time…or at least binge a favorite show instead!

Back to School Healthy Lunches for Your Kids – Without the Work

Healthy lunches (which we know involves the Pinterest hunt for healthy lunch ideas) can take absolutely forever. And for many of us, figuring out how to feed our kids and keep them healthy takes up a lot of our free hours. Plus, keeping up with all the most recent research on nutrition, finding recipes that match those recommendations, and translating all of that highbrow info into something that your kid will actually eat takes a minute. This brings us to our next dilemma – making healthy food your kids will eat. Trust us, that lurch you feel in your stomach when opening your kid’s lunch box at the end of the day isn’t yours alone.

The Venn diagram of “things that are good for your kid,” “things that are easy to prepare,” and “things your kid will eat” is three separate circles with a lot of space between them. As you weep into your fridge, hoping there are grapes in that pre-packaged “lunch-snack” thing, you ask: Why in the world did they make a Venn diagram for this?

Lunch Box Ideas That Work (with a Little Help)

Want some help with the never-ending task of getting healthy lunches for your kids? Don’t worry; at LunchBreak, we got you covered!

Thankfully, there is a happy medium between you working away all day in the kitchen (trying to guess which vegetable your kid stopped liking yesterday) and the woefully inadequate offerings of the school cafeteria. Back-to-school lunches don’t have to be a daily drama – and they are within your reach (and at a reasonable price!).

Healthy Kids, Less Work, and One Less Task – Meal Delivery for Kids

A kids’ meal delivery service could be just the answer. Thanks to us at LunchBreak, lunch ideas for kids just got a lot easier (because you aren’t the one who has to think of them). With lots of variety, even for those with picky palettes, meal delivery for kids means healthy options your children can take to school while also getting the nutrients they need. Meal delivery for kids takes out the work – and the guesswork – from your planning and prep time. And it will even arrive in pretty Instagramable packaging (show it to us!).

Let us fight the impossible battle to feed your children so you don’t have to. You deserve to have your time back, whether it’s for that cup of coffee, a slice of toast, or that few hours of peace and quiet in the morning. We’ll keep up with the latest healthy food trends, and we’ll create lunches based on seasonal, fresh ingredients. Heck, we’ve even made it tasty enough that kids will actually eat it! (We watched some of them, just to make sure).

With our kids’ meal delivery service, we bring food right to your door, and we’ll even help you tape it to them so that they can’t leave it on the counter if you really want us to!

Now, what are you waiting for? Go have that cup of coffee. You’re busy enough. Leave lunch to us!

-Team LunchBreak

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WHAT ARE THE THREE BEST LUNCHES FOR PICKY EATERS?

Kids are funny. One minute, they’re all about their favorite foods. The next? They’re shedding tears because the pepperoni on their pizza is “too round,” or they no longer like what you’ve put in front of them.

Don’t worry, parents! The LunchBreak team totally understands. If you’re looking for a fresh, hot, and healthy meal that your kiddo will actually want to eat, we’ve got you covered.

While our menu spans many different kid-friendly options, we have three items that most families circle back to at some point during the week. Our best, for picky eaters..

1. Chicken Nuggets w/ Mashed Potatoes & Green Beans

You know the way you look at your glass of wine at the end of the night…that’s how you want your kids to look at their chicken nuggets. These chicken nuggets are slow marinated overnight and coated with gluten-free panko crumbs for a maximum amount of flavor. Paired with non-dairy Yukon Gold mashed potatoes and farmer’s market green beans, this meal makes a perfect lunch for picky eaters.

It’s a win for both of you, really. They’ll be happy that they’re getting to eat chicken tenders for lunch at school (or home!), and you’ll love the fact that it is healthy, hot, not shaped like a dinosaur, and gives them the nutrition necessary for added brainpower. What’s better than that?

2. Alfredo Shells w/ Broccoli

Choosing vegetables for picky eaters can sometimes be tough. Crowns? Florets? Green clouds? Poofy caps? Whatever your kid calls broccoli, we guarantee they’ll admit it’s delicious in our alfredo shells meal. These rich, sweet shells and turkey meatballs make it a truly well-rounded (and delicious) school lunch.

In fact, it’s so good that they probably won’t even realize it isn’t regular macaroni and cheese. (We certainly won’t tell if you won’t!)

3. Pizza Roll-Ups

If the above two options don’t do the trick (or you need a third to round out your weekly meal prep trifecta), this one is guaranteed to bring a smile to your picky eater’s face. As you already know, most kids will choose pizza over any other option. The good news? Our LunchBreak version is healthier than anything they can buy in the school cafeteria. These bite-sized Friday Pizza Roll-Ups are delicious any day of the week and come paired with broccoli parmesan and a side of our homemade marinara for dipping.

If you’re looking for a school lunch idea for a picky eater, this is definitely one meal option to try out. They’ll get their pizza Friday for lunch any day they want, and you’ll sit back and relax, knowing they’re getting the nutritious meal they deserve.

Pick Your Child’s Meal Plan

Of course, school lunches for picky eaters take a little bit of time and planning. At LunchBreak, we get it. That is why we always have tons of different options for choosing your child’s new favorites (because this week’s yum is often last week’s yuck).

Browse through our menu page to see what meal options are currently available and learn more about the nutritional information, ingredients, and more. Plus, we’ve included photos and descriptions so you can get a true feel for what to feed your picky eater. The most effective way we’ve seen picky eaters use LunchBreak is by having them pick out their own meals. Becoming invested in their choices, getting their own personal delivery…it’s worth seeing what happens!

Whether you have a child with special dietary needs or are just looking for healthy lunches for picky eaters, LunchBreak has you covered. Click here to explore our various meal plans and start your first order today.

– Team LunchBreak

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SIX OF THE BEST WAYS TO PACK HOT LUNCHES FOR KIDS

“My kids are going back to school, the cafeteria is closed, and I’m feeling guilty making sandwiches for my children every day.” “Is it normal to be on a pretend work call, hiding in my closet, hoping my kids will somehow miraculously learn how to make and pack their lunch?” “I’m talking to my lamp more than usual.” This is the chatter that that team at LunchBreak is hearing from our fellow parents, along with, “I want to serve my kid a hot lunch, but how do I pack it for school?” Don’t worry; we got you, and we’re here to help.

Hot lunches are the best lunches. While making (and packing) lunch can be a complicated dance, or more of a modern dance that involves twirling in circles and opening and closing cabinets and refrigerators, finding a way to get a hot and healthy lunch to the school cafeteria can be challenging.

Thankfully, there are tons of great ways to make this happen. From recyclable containers to those made from durable stainless steel, there are plenty of options out there that will please your children and help elevate lunch boxes from the bottom of the backpack. Here are LunchBreak’s picks for the best ways to pack hot lunches for kids.

1. Find Eco-Friendly & Local Lunch Boxes for Kids

The first step is to start looking for a cool, eco-friendly lunch box that your child will love bringing to school each day. And if you’re all about supporting local, small businesses, we have the lunch box that takes going green to the next level. The Go Green Lunch Box, created by our neighbor in Manhattan Beach, is the perfect way to reduce the excess trash thrown away in your kids’ lunches. Another tip? Beware of kitschy cartoon characters or other designs that might go out of style in a hurry. Attempting to pawn off your childhood Jem and the Holograms Gi-Joe lunchboxes as family heirlooms for your children to use isn’t right. Plus, make the process easier by getting your kid involved in picking out something that has their favorite color or a fun design that they love.

2. Choose a Kid-Friendly Bento Box

Is your kid someone that cares more about the snacks than the actual meal itself? Or perhaps they enjoy a more tapas-centric dining experience? Using a kid-friendly bento box is perfect if you’re looking to provide a plethora of snack choices around their hot meal. They’re not only durable and built to last the entire school year (or more), but you can send both hot and cold foods in the same box. Then you don’t have to worry about that dreadful ‘find the right size lid’ game that your Tupperware cabinet likes to play on you every morning while running late.

3. Consider a Stainless-Steel Thermos

While using a stainless-steel thermos is great for beverages, you can also use it to ensure your child gets a hot lunch. Soups, stews, pastas, and chili all stay nice and warm with no need for additional heat up. It also offers a great old-school take on the plop it all in and go methodology. Add a little chicken, mashed potatoes, and green beans, and your kid will have their very own reconstructed chicken pot pie. They’ll love it, we promise! Pair with a recyclable bento box filled with toppings, crackers, and more for a delicious and nutritious meal.

4. Go Back to the Basics With A Stainless-Steel Bento Container

Basic doesn’t always mean boring, especially when it comes to hot lunches for kids. If you have a kid that hates when their food touches or maybe just likes a sandwich and a side of something crunchy, stainless-steel bento boxes are a great option. The two-section container keeps the food apart AND keeps their meal extra hot and fresh for lunchtime. Fun fact: We’re pretty sure these are the same containers that Special Forces use on their missions. And by ‘pretty sure’ we have no idea.

5. Microwave & Dishwasher Safe Lunch Boxes & Containers

If your child’s lunchroom has a microwave for student use, or if your child is able to bring in their own microwave and hide it under their desk, then your options for sending a hot meal open up considerably. Microwavable lunch containers are a great way to include healthy items that heat up well (and taste good, too!). There are all different sizes and kinds on the market, so choose one that suits your needs.

And, any good parent knows, you don’t just use something once. So, choose items that are dishwasher safe and recyclable to make cleanup easy.

6. Personalize It!

Lunchtime should be fun! If all you can find is a basic lunch box, take time to personalize it. Add stickers, your child’s name in fun letters, or whatever else they really enjoy. The more they make it their own, the higher the chance they’ll love taking it to school each day.

We Make Hot Lunches an Easy Task

We’re parents, too, so we get it. The scariest thing about packing lunches for your kids is when that container finally makes it home after spending eons tucked away in the back of a cubby or locker. And that’s usually when some sort of alien life form has taken up residence inside. Yuck! Sometimes we choose to nurture that creature, but without the proper data, it’s best to stay safe and clean out the entity.

Any resourceful parent knows you don’t just use something once. At LunchBreak, all of our school lunch containers are recyclable. This means that there’s no need to bring home that scary container once it has been kept locked away for who knows how long. Most school cafeterias have recycling bins, which means your kids can just clean it out and toss it in there when they’re done.

If something does manage to make it back, we’re happy to take the containers and recycle them for you. Just place them in your delivery bag, and we’ll pick them up on our Sunday delivery. They’re also microwave safe and BPA-free, so it’s easy to heat a quick and delicious lunch.

We feel good about the process. You feel good about the process. And there’s no guessing game of what-is-growing-in-there for anyone. Score!

Check out our website now to learn more about LunchBreak and why it is the best option for getting your kids a hot and healthy lunch without the hassle.

-Team LunchBreak