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July 2013

Laptop Lunch Times: July 2013


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From Our Desk to Yours

 
 

July 2013  

HAPPY JULY!

To kick off the summer season, Mabel’s Labels is offering an exclusive coupon to our customers! Order now at www.laptoplunches.com and you’ll receive a $10 coupon for a $50 purchase at mabelslabels.com. Mabel’s Labels are perfect for marking your bento lunch boxes and all other items you don’t want your kids to lose. Be sure to visit Mabel’s Labels online at www.mabelslabels.com. We love them!!!

                                                            Enjoy!

 


NEW BENTO BAGS!

Our new bento carriers and totes are now in, and just in time for summer camp! We have a new tri-colored carrier called “Jubilee”, and two new totes in “Extreme Sports” and “Navy-Red.” Like all of the items we carry, these bento carriers and totes are free of BPA, PVC, phthalates, and lead, and they’re made from recycled materials. Order early this back-to-school season at http://secure.laptoplunches.com/items.asp?Cc=CARRIERS&Bc=.


NEW BAGS + NEW BENTO BOXES = NEW KITS

Check out our 3 new bento kits at http://secure.laptoplunches.com/items.asp?Cc=BENTO_KIT&Bc=.  We’ve got new colors and patterns stocked up and ready to go -- in plenty of time for the summer camp and back-to-school seasons.  We recommend placing your order as soon as possible so you’ll be sure to get the ones you love best!


KITS FOR HER!

We now have two stylish kits for the busy lady about town. We’ve paired the fashionable Roomy Lunch Totes by Sachi with matching bento lunch boxes in two color combos: Black and Teal “Medallion” and Garden “Paisley.” Large enough to hold two lunch boxes with extra room for drink bottles and additional snacks, they’re perfect for a one-on-one outing or a picnic date. The tote also has an additional pocket for plenty of books, magazines, and toys, as well as a small outer pocket for your keys, wallet, cell phone and sunglasses. It’s the only bag you’ll need! Purchase your very own at: http://secure.laptoplunches.com/items.asp?Cc=BENTO_KIT&Bc=.


CONGRATULATIONS, ALISA!

We want to take a moment to congratulate one of our own, Alisa Pierini, who graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz this last month with honors in Cultural Anthropology. Alisa also received several awards and commendations, including the Deans and Chancellors Awards, for her undergraduate research “Performing Irish: The Evolution of Irish Identity through Music”. She has so much to be proud of! Congratulations, Alisa, and to all who graduated this year!


From Your Kitchen to Ours

 
 
Roxxane’s Chicken Fajita Bento Menu
Roxanne is the writer and manager of her blog www.theroxxbox.com. You can find the recipe for her chicken fajitas here: http://theroxxbox.com/2013/05/21/easy-chicken-fajitas-in-laptop-lunches-bento-98

"As a Mom of 2 elementary age girls, I am always looking for fun ways to pack their lunches.  Laptop Lunches provides versatility and the compartments are the PERFECT size for packing meals.  And the BEST part a lot of the containers come with leak-proof lids, so no more worrying about spills." – Roxanne

This Month's Menus

 
 

Here are two quick and easy bento lunches that are good for picnics and on-the-go meals. Click on the menu links for recipes.

ON-THE-GO SALAD BENTO

 

 



ON-THE-GO SNACK BENTO

 

 

 


Food For Thought

 
 


Photo Credit: Melissa Braun

Goji berries are the most nutritionally dense fruit on earth. They contain more iron than spinach, and more calcium and zinc than many other foods. Their powerful antioxidant properties have made them known for longevity and strength. The compounds found in goji berries have been used to treat diabetes, high blood pressure, and fever. They provide anti-aging benefits and have been found to protect against Alzheimer’s and age-related eye disease, in addition to improving brain health. Studies have shown that goji berry juice has contributed to mental well-being, restful sleep, and athletic performance when taken repeatedly.

Goji berries can be eaten raw, cooked into foods, added to smoothies, or used in teas. The most common form is dried, but blending them into a smoothie can provide the nutrients in a more palatable manner. Goji berry supplements are also available but it is still unknown whether this form contains the same health benefits.

People taking warfarin, the blood thinner, or medication for diabetes or blood pressure should NOT eat any form of goji berries. Also, those with pollen allergies may want to avoid eating goji berries, although they are often safe in moderation. Consult a doctor before making dietary changes.

For a variety of raw food recipes using goji berries, visit: www.rawfoodrecipes.com/recipes/category/goji-berries.html.

BENEFITS:

  • Contain All Essential Amino Acids
  • High in Protein, Fiber, Trace Minerals, Vitamin C & A
  • Contain Anti-inflammatory, Anti-bacterial, and Anti-fungal Compounds
  • Used to Treat High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, and Fever
  • Good for Athletic Performance
  • Boost Immune Function
  • Protect Vision and Treats Age Related Eye Problems
  • Help Prevent Heart Disease

 


Photo Credit: Melissa Braun

Worth Sharing

 
 

BENTO TIP

Summer is the perfect time for picnics, hikes, camping trips, and excursions, so be sure to drink plenty of water while you’re out and about this summer. At LaptopLunches.com, we offer eleven drink bottles that fit our bento totes and carriers. Take a look to see what’s new!


DID YOU KNOW...

Farmers' market fruit is selectively picked at its prime, usually within a few days (or hours!) of going to market. You can make a fairly safe assumption that if it's not already ripe, it will be within the next day or two. The Kitchn has posted a couple of articles on Farmers' Market Etiquette, including How to Choose Ripe Fruit and Helpful Hints and Etiquette Tips.

Success Stories

 
 

SPICES NEVER STAIN THE CONTAINER!

 

MY FAVORITE!

“This lunchbox is perfect for Indian cooking! Not only are there plenty of compartments available for a huge variety of curries and grains, but the spices NEVER stain the containers! This is extremely rare and something I haven't seen before in most Tupperware. I highly recommend this product to anyone who likes to have a variety of food for lunch and likes to have containers that look like new after months of use.”

    -- Riddhi S., Illinois

“I have a lot of different bento boxes, but the Laptop Lunches bento box is STILL my favorite!!!”

    -- Lisa-Marie P., California

Contact Us

 
 

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