“The Lunchable”. What can I say about those two little words that emerge as the never ending thorn in my side every school year. Those little compartmentalized boxes of “food” somehow creep into conversation and head the list of requests from my boys when planning school lunches. My boys want to peel slices of pressed, chemical filled “meats and cheeses” out of their cute little compartments and stack them on crackers and call it lunch. They want that because they see friends eating them at school. Friends eat them at school because they’re easy to pack. So what is a mom to do?
Last year I deconstructed the Pizza Lunchable here on Out of the Box Food and recreated a homemade version of the Chicken Parmesan Lunchable over at EasyLunchboxes. Since we’re still deep into our Lunch Box Idea Share and Giveaway with Applegate Farms, I decided it was time to take on the deli meat & cheese stacker Lunchable and bring it Out of the Box.
Don’t forget to pop over to last weeks post to enter to win our Applegate Farms Giveaway! Contest ends next Saturday, September 10th.
THE COMPARISON: Oscar Mayer Lunchable – Ham + Cheddar with Crackers vs. Out of the Box Food Lunch Box Cracker Stacker
(All ingredients followed by an * can be referenced at www.wikipedia.org by clicking on the ingredient)
Oscar Mayer Lunchable – Ham + Cheddar with Crackers
- Cooked Ham (water added – chopped and formed – smoke flavor added)
- Pasteurized Prepared Cheddar Cheese Product
- Unbleached Enriched Flour
- Wheat Flour
- Reduced Iron
- Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1]
- Riboflavin [Vitamin B2)
- Folic Acid
- Whole Grain Wheat Flour
- Soybean Oil
- Partially Hydrogenated* Cottonseed Oil
- Leavening (Baking Soda And/Or Calcium Phosphate)
- Whey (From Milk)
- Soy Lecithin*
- Natural Flavor
- Unbleached Enriched Flour
**All listed product ingredients are taken from product’s package label. Though Out of the Box Food makes every effort to provide complete ingredient information, please check the package for the most current information.
With a simple trip to the Deli Counter, and a good hard look at the ingredients in the foods available, I was able to put together an assortment of home made Cracker-Stackers using all natural, preservative free turkey & ham, cheeses, natural crackers & veggies. With a 1 1/2″ round cookie cutter, we can have uniform pieces to stack evening on our crackers of choice. When I placed the ingredients in an Easylunchbox, my kids were completely satisfied and I was confident they were getting a nutritious lunch.
Take a second and go back to view the laundry list of ingredients in the Oscar Mayer Lunchable. Now here is the list of ingredients in my homemade Out of the Box Food Lunch Box Cracker-Stacker:
Applegate Ham: Organic Pork, Water, Contains Less Than 2% Of The Following: Sea Salt, Sodium Lactate (From Beets), Organic Honey, Organic Evaporated Cane Syrup, Organic Celery Juice, Celery Powder, Lactic Acid Starter Culture (Not From Milk).
Applegate Cheddar Slices: Pasteurized Organic Milk, Cultures, Enzymes (Non-Animal), Salt, Annato, Made With Vegetable Rennet.
Triscuit Hint of Salt: Whole Wheat, Soybean And/Or Palm Oil, Salt.
Out of the Box FoodSM Lunch Box Cracker-Stacker
Special Equipment: bento style lunch box, 1 1/2″ round cookie cutter
- Natural (nitrite/nitrate free) deli meats
- Natural, unprocessed sliced cheese or block cheese sliced thin
- Natural crackers
- Sliced veggies: tomato, cucumber, avocado, etc…
- Sliced fruit (optional): apples, strawberries, pears, etc…
- To make the “Lunchable” style cracker-stackers, cut out slices of deli meat and cheese with the 1 1/2″ round cookie cutter.
- Slice veggies & fruit.
- Stack in compartmentalized, bento style lunch box
Fun lunches don’t (and shouldn’t) need to be processed. By thinking a bit out of the box, we can create the lunches our kids want with quality, natural ingredients. Don’t forget to share your Healthy Lunch Box Ideas on our LUNCH BOX IDEA SHARE for a chance to win a prize from Applegate Farms. Contest ends September 10th. Until next week…
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