Until my son started going to daycare, I didn’t realize how incredibly time-consuming making kids’ lunches can be — especially if you’re focusing on healthy, whole foods. It’s a four-step process: take out the food, find containers for each of the foods, prepare the food and put it in containers, put all containers in a lunchbox. A week after daycare started, my search for a safe, stainless steel bento box began. I quickly found the perfect product: the Quad LunchBots stainless steel bento box.
I figured being able to put all of my son’s lunch in one container would really cut down on lunch prep time. Instead of spending 5 minutes digging out containers, then another 2 minutes searching for their lids (why are there always more containers than lids?!), I would simply need to find one container — the bento box — and its lid. I was right and I love the LunchBots Quad. It’s safe, easy to clean, and holds an impressive amount of food.
1. Safe and Stainless Steel
The Quad bento box is made from 18/8 stainless steel. If you’re a frequent reader, you know that we always choose stainless steel over plastic because it’s naturally BPA-free and doesn’t pose a health threat. I love that I don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals leaching into my son’s food when I use the bento box.
2. Cuts Down on Prep Time
As I mentioned above, you will no longer have to dig through your tupperware drawer for matching containers and lids. Simply pull out your Quad and its lid (easy to find among glass or plastic containers) and you’re ready to go. It may not sound like it will save that much time, but if you’re a parent, you know how precious those minutes can be. Spending 5 more minutes packing a lunch in the evening means you’ll have 5 fewer minutes of “me” time.
3. Easy to Clean
If you get a Quad with a colored lid, the lid has to be handwashed, but the base can go in the dishwasher. If you have the version with the plain (uncolored) stainless lid, both the lid and base can go in the dishwasher.
4. Holds an Impressive Amount of Food
Measuring in at 6″ x 5″ x 1.75″, the Quad bento box is neither too small nor too large. It holds a surprising amount of food in each of its four compartments. I usually pair the bento box with a Wrap-N-Mat, which holds a sandwich, and am good to go.
Although the LunchBots Quad isn’t completely leak-proof between the compartments (don’t put liquid in one compartment and expect it to stay there), it is spill-proof and the lid stays on surprisingly well. If I’m sending something liquid or runny — like yogurt, cottage cheese, or applesauce — I’ll put it in a small Mason jar.
Bonus: Bento Box Food Ideas
You can put just about anything non-liquid in your Quad bento box. Here are some ideas to get you started (and be sure to read our Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids Using Whole Foods for more great ideas):
- cucumber slices
- last night’s leftovers
- carrot slices
- sliced fruit (apples, nectarines, pears, plums)
I’m a big fan of the LunchBots Quad bento box. It’s exactly what I was looking for, it’s safe, and it makes my life easier. And isn’t that what every parent really wants?