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Win a Laptop Lunch System!

Posted on June 27th, 2008 by Alison Read 69 Comments - Add Your Own »

I was sick of using plastic bags. I felt guilty creating such waste every time I made a lunch for my daughter to take to preschool, plus I didn’t think the lunch looked very appetizing — piles of plastic that had to be opened to get the food out. I thought, “there must be a better way” and lo and behold, I spotted it: a lunch box that opened up and had compartments for the different foods. I only saw it from afar at a playground, but it caught my eye and I never forgot it. “I must get one of those lunch systems” I thought to myself, and then, there it was again — my sister had a Laptop Lunch System for each of her boys (ages 5 and 7). She gave my girls each a set as a gift.

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It was a gift to me, really, as it made my life easier and made my daughters excited about their lunch! And no more plastic bags.

Here’s why I like Laptop Lunches so much as a mom:

  • It comes as a whole system, with carrying case (that looks like a laptop computer case, hence the name Laptop Lunch), water bottle and fork and spoon. I didn’t have to add a thing to start packing lunches.
  • You can choose from various color options. Kids love color!
  • It forces you, the lunch-maker, to be creative because there are 4 little compartments to fill, 5 with the little dipper one (it’s actually kind of fun!)
  • It is so easy to wash!

Here’s why I like Laptop Lunches so much as a mom of kids with food allergies:

  • Allergic children have to bring their own lunches ALL the time, so anything that makes it easier to pack a lunch is great.
  • Most prepackaged foods are filled with allergens — think packs of cheese and crackers, little packs of goldfish, peanut butter and ritz crackers — so these aren’t an option to throw in a lunch. These little compartments make it possible to put in healthier foods and serve them like you would a meal at home, like beans or olives or fresh corn or gluten-free pasta salad.

  • Food looks so appetizing when served this way, the allergic kid will not feel he’s missing out on a thing!

Here’s a lunch I made recently. It’s nothing fancy, but somehow looks a lot yummier than if it were in plastic bags.

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Don’t have kids? Want to eat healthier? The Laptop Lunch is great for adults too. There are some mellow color options if you don’t think hot pink will work in your office!

You can win a Laptop Lunch System!

This is very exciting… one lucky reader will receive a complete Laptop Lunch System, courtesy of Obentec, Inc., the company that makes them. Just leave a comment below with an idea you have for what to put in the Laptop Lunch before July 4 and I will randomly select one of you as the winner.

For more information and to purchase Laptop Lunches, visit laptoplunches.com

CONTEST UPDATE: A winner has been announced… go here to see who the lucky gal is!

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  1. My allergic kid loves these kinds of lunches, and he’s starting kindergarten in September, so I could send him with all sorts of snacks and treats. I’d put his favourite organic oreos in one, strawberries or raspberries in another, and his favourite pea-butter sandwich in another. Thanks for the fun contest!

  2. refried beans
    tortilla chips
    pineapple chunks
    cucumber slices

  3. I’ve been eyeing these lunchboxes for a long time now – great contest!

    Bella’s a little adventurous, so I would put in some fried tofu, sticky rice with sesame seeds, and steamed broccoli with a drizzle of sesame oil. For fruit I’d do some chunks of mango along with some blueberries with a drizzle of lime juice. Oh, and a little container of dipping sauce – my kid loves to dip things!

    OK, now I’m hungry.

  4. This would be so great for my nephew Wylie that accidently eats other kids foods and the teachers get lunches mixed up at school. Great give-away! Thanks Sure Foods Living!!!

  5. My preschooler is a gourmand in the making – as well as an organizer extraordinaire! This lunchtime laptop system is right up his alley! And looks like a new must have for our household. His diet is gluten/casein free and we laugh when we call ourselves a “walking refrigerator” because we are always carrying our own food everywhere – Not a hassle, it just makes eating with special diets easier for us! And this system looks like icing on the cake! Great idea!

  6. Oh, I’ve been wanting one of these for a long time, but haven’t been able to convince myself to spend that much for a lunch box!

    For my allergic little guy in preschool, I’d put some hummus in the neat little container with a lid, then put homemade dinosaur crackers, cucumber, and carrots for dipping. Probably an oatmeal raisin cookie, and a dinosaur sticker, too, just because!

  7. We’d do some rice chips or GF crackers, with hummus dip. Goat yogurt, fresh fruit like berries or grapes, slices of GF deli meat rolled up around a pickle.

  8. this would be perfect for my niece. she starts kindergarten in a year and will have to start bringing her own lunch.. she would LOVE the hot pink b/c she thinks she is a princess. great idea!!!

  9. i love these! let’s see…this would be perfect for a little black bean burger, cherry tomatoes, grapes and snapea crisps!! i hope i win it!

  10. oh what a fun lunch bag and box!

    I’ve been wanting a bento box for the kids for a while, but was worried about the quality of the plastic and the chemicals. Where are these made? Are they BPA-free?

    -steph

  11. lol, I found my own answers. I should have known a mom from Santa Cruz wouldn’t have funny plastic… ;-)

    thanks, Alison. our family needed something like this. I’m going to order two.
    -steph

  12. These look great! We’ve been looking for a more eco-friendly option for the traditional lunch box filled with plastic bags.

    My girls love beans (black and pinto) so those would be great in the container with the lid. They also love to dip carrot sticks in hummus, so that little dip container is the perfect size for that. And then a sandwich with the great bread from Glutenfree Mommy blog and some grapes sounds like the perfect GF lunch!

    Thanks so much for posting about this product!

  13. I’d have my kids help me choose one type of food for each box.
    1) A Fruit or Vegetable (We like cucumbers or carrots with my favorite Ranch dipping sauce, “Ranch Free” — it doesn’t have eggs because my son is allergic to them, and it’s the only one without eggs that my daughter likes!)
    2) A Dairy product (cheese, yogurt or milk)
    3) A meat (Tuna, Turkey)?
    4) A bread (Bread, tortilla, crackers?)
    5) And I’d tape a note to the inside lid of the laptop telling them how much I love them and that I hope they’re enjoying their day!

    I really want this lunch box! I might have to buy 4. One for the adults too! This is going on my Christmas wish list that I send to the grandparents!

  14. My son started using Laptop Lunch box this year just after starting kindergarten. A mom from his school started the company (we live in SC). All of the kids love them! our favorite is peanut butter (or some other dip) in the smallest little hot pink container. Carrots, nuts/raisins/banana chips in one, apples dusted with cinnamon in the one with the lid, cantalope, mango, or pineapple in the other, and of course the pBJ (or turkey and cheese) sandwich. my son’s actual favorite is a gluten free waffle, toasted and cut in half to make a sandwich with peanut butter and bananas!
    For other great products (ie bottles made of ok plastic, and stainless steel sippy cups, reusable bags, organic cotton clothing, etc, check out another santa cruz mom’s website: http://www.nubiusorganics.com

  15. Alison these are way cool. Good find! I had never seen these before. Now I sit patiently hoping I win the random drawing. Do you accept bribes?

  16. edamame, roasted tomato hummus dip with some carrot sticks, strawberries and grapes, cheese cubes and K-Toos Oreo Cookies

  17. Love it! Thanks for sharing. I will have to buy a few. Bella would love Grapes/Strawberries, cucumber/ red peppers/carrots, hummus dip and pita bread.

  18. We would love a to win a blue or green laptop lunch! I would pack veggies and dip, crackers with peanut butter, mini muffins, and cheese and meat cubes.

  19. Just saw a live version of this lunchbox at a friend’s house a week ago and had lunch box envy!!

    We could have turkey rollups, pita chips and hummus, carrotts and grapes!!!

    YUM!

    And the whole laptop theme will work w/my computer-obsessed boy.

    Thanks!! Pam

  20. Ok, I’ll bite on this one. It looks pretty handy. Although, I don’t think all my food will fit! My nut butter or nuts in one, veggies in one, protein in another, and maybe even room for some fruit. Even if I have to take one extra container, this would be helpful!

  21. This looks great! We’ve been using a smaller version with great success- the kids love it and it has saved us a lot of baggies- but this one is much more colorful. Very nice giveaway!

  22. I’ve been excited about one of these for a long time. The part I’m excited about is sending more veggies for my daughter. It’s easy to be lazy when it comes to veggies, but when there are so many compartments, I bet I could fit some in.

  23. My 4 year old would be proud to have one of these! He’d have a turkey & cheese sandwich with grapes, yogurt and carrots.

  24. i’m just starting on this adventure. My son was hospitalized at two-weeks for protein allergies, but they said it was probably just temporary. Well, as he was approaching a year-old, they said to try introducing some dairy or soy into his diet to see how he handled it. With his prilosec, he seemed to do ok stomach wise, be he developed an atopic eczema spot which they think was food allergy related, so we’re in for the long haul!

  25. I’d send lunch to work with my husband: a turkey sandwich, chips, carrots & celery (or crackers or wasabe peas or sesame sticks), and an apple.

  26. We could really use one of these! My kiddo is dairy-allergic, so no easy snacks for us. She likes olives, beans, sausages, and fruit of all kinds. Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. OH, I have been studying the Bento Boxes websites, LOL! I have LOTS of ideas ;)

  28. Hummous and Crackers are a favorite around here. Also trail-mix with fruit, sunflower seeds, etc.

  29. My kid-o loves variety … so I would try
    hummas, carrot sticks, sliced turkey/swiss (no bread please), strawberries and goldfish/pretzels … she would be so jazzed that each thing has it’s own compartment … she’s not too keen on food touching. Her favorite dinner plate is three compartment setup.

  30. What a great idea! How long have these lunchboxes been around? Easy to clean and less waste – perfect! I’m always trying to get my husband to eat healthier when he goes to work, and this would work well. He loves sandwiches, quesadillas, celery dipped in peanut butter, apple slices, crackers with cheese, carrot sticks, salads (the laptop lunchbox would make packing salads easy!), sliced cucumbers, and anything easy to eat while he’s working.

  31. This would be perfect for my grazing son or my dairy allergic daughter! And it would help me stick to the three parts grain, one part protein, two parts vegetable rule of thumb.

  32. I’d love to learn how to make those cute little animals in the Japanese bento boxes. I think hard-boiled eggs would be a great addition to these boxes – one of my kids’ favorite things to eat!

    Thanks!
    Megret
    meg.wilson@gmail.com

  33. For our kids, multi-grain tortilla triangles in one, hummus in the dip cup to put on the torillas, edamame, cut up melon and rolled up turkey slices.

  34. Cheese sandwiches, sliced apples, peaches, and something crunchy.

  35. Grilled chicken slices, sliced veggies, a tortilla and some sour cream or guacamole in the dip container – all the makings for on-the-go-fajitas!

  36. OMG, I must get one of those! I’m so tired of the nasty mess that’s left in my son’s fabric/plastic bag. No matter how hard I scrub, the stains never some out!

  37. Oh yeah, and my son’s lunch would probably look like: chicken, white rice, yogurt, goldfish and water.

  38. lots of finger food:
    edamame or roasted chickpeas
    blanched snap peas with sesame ginger dresssing for dipping
    baby carrots (of course)
    strawberries & blueberries
    rice crackers

  39. We’re in the process of having my son tested for allergies, but it looks like he’s probably peanut allergic. So I’d use it for anything he’d eat and NO pb&j!!

    (Probably lots of Goldfish, plums, cucumber chunks, cheese, and yogurt!)

  40. My daughter would love this!! She’s into small portions of lots of different foods, so I’d do different fruits, cheese, dippers, bread sticks, red pepper slices and cool, clean water! What a cool product!

  41. I have a peanut / nut allergic son and this would be perfect. Over the last 6 months we have been living a “greener” lifestyle and this fall when he starts school we are piloting the no-trash lunch. I was just recently introduced to the Bento concept and have been mulling over which is the best system – this is perfect! Other than peanuts and nuts he loves most food. Sunbutter sandwiches, crackers, cheese sticks, juice, fruit, spicy dips (I know, crazy), lunch meats, and anything sweet he can get his hands on :)

  42. I would love this for putting their lunches or snacks in! It would be especially handy for outings to the zoo, where we could put in a sandwich, some fruit, some crackers, and maybe something extra for a snack too!

  43. I don’t have a n allergic child, but i have a texture sensitive child. My sonn will vomit at the table if he gets one miniscule amount of certain common veggies and fruits.

    He starts K in the fall. I would pack a pjb cut with his favorite train cookie cutters, frozen strawberries and blueberries, fresh broccoli with ranch in the dipping container, yogurt, and a napkin with a note fom mom, dad, and sister.

  44. I would put tons of snacks like chips and fruit and with this I could decorate it like those funky bento pics I see on flickr.

  45. Oh oh oh! I recently saw pictures and ideas for the Japanese lunch box–bento boxes. I bet this would be a great way to Americanize the trend. That’s what I would do :)

  46. sandwich, pretzels, fruit, carrot sticks and dip

    We are getting ready to start preschool so this would be perfect

  47. Oh! Such a sweet little set! My daughter starts school this fall, and I am so excited to create lunches. (We’ll just see how long that lasts.) I want to recreate some of the lunches from the book “Bread and Jam for Francis.” Now, where can I find a tiny individual sized salt shaker!?

  48. Oooooh — I love this! I would have baby carrots in one section with dip in another. A yummy pasta salad in the large section. And finally, one of the spring rolls that my daughter and I make together (the rice-paper kind — not fried) in the last section. The most popular fillings for that are: shredded sauteed brussel sprouts, avacado, rice noodles and shredded carrot. The dip can do double duty because she likes to dip the spring rolls too. Mmmm. I just made myself hungry!

  49. Our school has a trash-free lunch policy, and is also nut-free. (Though at first we drove ourselves nuts trying to pack lunches that didn’t produce trash!)

    I would put a cloth napkin in one compartment, some Sunbutter balls in another (Sunbutter mixed with coconut, sesame seeds, dried cranberries, chocolate chips, cinnamon and honey). Also, melon balls in another compartment, and carrot sticks. That’s just what I feel like eating right now.

    Pick me, pick me :-)

  50. Pita pocket in the main compartment and then the fixings in the other ones. Yum!

  51. I would put cottage cheese w/ raisins, sunflower seeds & cinnaomon in one compartment, pretzel crisps in another, seasonal fresh fruit in another compartment (apricots this week! figs soon!), and cut up crunchy veg in another (like carrots, bell pepper sticks).

    Lego has v v cute individual salt/pepper shakers, for above commenter.

  52. I’ve been wanting to get one for each of my kids – maybe I’ll win one for myself. I’m a little partial to the pink! :)

  53. Oops forgot to leave an idea. Fruit, carrots and dip in the little dipper container, and a sandwich or pasta.

  54. When I worked I made little bento-type lunches every day, because the food sold on-site wasn’t always safe for a tree-nut allergic like me. To inaugurate my laptop lunchbox, I’d make some Vietnamese-style salad rolls in rice paper wrappers with rice noodles and lettuce, carrots, cukes, and peppers at least! plus some baked tofu triangles for protein drizzled with sesame oil, and a little peanut sauce for dipping in the covered container. Round it out with sliced mangos and berries and it’s a huge meal!

  55. Oh those are really cool!!! We could use them when taking our daughter out to restaurants since she’s allergic to basically all food served (corn allergy). So I’d probably do one of my simple emergency take out dinners:

    Pieces of chicken
    Brown rice
    Seasonal vegetable (carrot sticks, tomato slices, etc)
    Seasonal fruit (right now it would be strawberries)

  56. No allergies here- just a health-nutty Mom who doesn’t buy processed pre-packaged foods with crazy additives. My daughters would probably go for carrot sticks in one, grape tomatoes in another, fruit salad in the third, and a turkey/cheese/ totilla wrap in the 4th.

  57. My son who is allergic to dairy, eggs and nuts would love this lunchbox full of little boxes! I would pack pita, hummus, cucumbers and strawberries.

  58. I think the laptop lunch sounds like a great idea! i’d fill each compartment with a different food group.

  59. This is great! thanks for the tip
    it’s like a bento box, so my suggestion will be:

    sushi, edamame, noodle salad and fruit for dessert!

  60. Would love a second for my younger daughter… we have one & sometimes we do “rainbow” day where I put a dip in the small container & fill each section with foods (fruits & veggies) that are colorful like the rainbow.

  61. This is a fab lunch box!! My DS is allergic to eggs and milk (all forms) and this would make it easier on the days I want to send a sandwich for his lunch, with pretzels and grapes and baby carrots for sides. It gets all mashed up in his current container, because I don’t want the daycare staff to miss more than one container!! Thanks for the chance to have one of these as our own :)

  62. I asked my Celiac daughter what she’d want to put in it, and her choices were –

    grilled cheese sandwich
    carrots and broccoli
    Annie’s cowgirl sauce for dipping
    grapes

    My daughter with Autism/Celiac said:

    Ener-G pretzels and peanut butter
    yogurt dipped raisins
    cheetos

    (she’s not very adventurous with food…)

    My Celiac/peanut/egg allergic 3 year old would eat:

    squash muffins
    yogurt
    cheetos
    soynut-butter cookie

  63. For my dairy-free babies:

    Applesauce or a CrispyGreen Crispy Apple
    Carrots with Organicville Dairy Free, Gluten Free Ranch
    Turkey or Ham roll-ups
    Snackimals GF oatmeal cookies

  64. I’ve been meaning to work on the more “bento-style” lunches so I would put in:

    Edamame
    Tofu-rice pockets
    Cut-up strawberries and blueberries
    Yogurt dip for the fruit.

    It would be so much easier to encourage good eating habits, if the food looked pretty too! Thanks for this post!

  65. Oooh, this looks good! I’d probably pack a soy-butter sandwich with strawberries and carrots with some dip and some pasta!

  66. ooh i love this giveaway, thanks! i would totally go to my vegan-lunch-box cookbook and use all of her ideas! they are so awesome. of course, my kid will only be happy with the soynut butter sandwiches. but a mom can dream, eh?!

  67. I need to send the kids to camp with lunches, so this would be wonderful. I’d probably do raspberries or strawberries, a bagel, and some carrots.

  68. My two boys are going to be in a camp in a couple of weeks that required trash-free lunches. This would be perfect. I have no idea what to pack though. Got some ideas from the comments though.

  69. what a fun giveaway!!!

    My kids are also at camp so this would be just perfect. Plus I am trying super hard to cut down on all the waste (bags, etc) that I used to use for their lunches.

    ideas:
    pasta
    snap peas
    plums or other summer fruits
    applesauce
    cheese slices