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September 2013

Laptop Lunches Newsletter: September 2013

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September 2013

In This Issue

From Our Desk To Yours
From Your Kitchen To Ours
Food For Thought
Worth Sharing
Lunch Menus
Bento Buzz
Well, it's that time of year again! The kids are heading back to school, and we are busy, busy, busy! We hope you've had a wonderful summer and that the new school year brings great things.

Don't forget to stock up on all your lunchbox needs at LaptopLunches.com. Our new bento tools and ice packs have been flying off the shelf!


Enjoy!
 
From Our Desk To Yours
NEW! PACK A BENTO PICNIC!
This picnic basket, perfect for family outings, can hold four bento lunch boxes in the insulated compartment or up to eight bento lunch boxes total. The basket has extra room for drink bottles, snacks, books, and a picnic blanket, as well as an outside zippered pocket for personal items like keys, sunglasses, and cell phones. Take it to the beach, the woods, or the park. It's the only tote you'll need all day!

NEW ECO VESSEL BOTTLES HAVE ARRIVED!
Be sure to check out our new Eco Vessel SCOUT drink bottle! This adorable stainless-steel owl bottle is BPA and phthalate free, and it fits nicely in our bento carriers and totes. This bottle has a one piece top with an integrated handle and a flip straw spout (no need to tilt)! Oh, and did we mention that we've got pirates too?



MABEL'S LABELS
Got your bento lunch box ready to go for the upcoming school year? Don't forget to label it! Receive a $10 coupon for Mabel's Labels when you order from Laptop Lunches Bento-ware! Redeem your coupon at MabelsLabels.com to ensure that all your school supplies make it home this school year! Got your coupon already? Be sure to redeem it today!


WEELICIOUS LUNCHES
Catherine McCord, creator of Weelicious and author of Weelicious Lunches: Think Outside the Lunch Box with More Than 160 Happier Meals, is our guest blogger this month with terrific tips for packing fun, easy, and healthy lunches this school year. From recipes and menus to ideas on making lunch fun and exciting for your kids, she's got lots to share!

From Your Kitchen To Ours
IN THIS LUNCH BOX

  • Apple Sandwiches
  • String Cheese
  • Apple Slices with Caramel Dip
  • Strawberries
  • Edamame and Carrot Letters
  • Whole Wheat Crackers
"The Laptop Lunches bento box is easy to pack and the bento buddies can be arranged in many different ways, using one container or all, depending on what you decide to pack."

-Rina, Florida

Rina is the author of the blog Bento School Lunches. Check out her very cute lunches and her Laptop Lunches Bento-ware review as well!

Food For Thought: Coconut
Photo Credit: Melissa Braun
Coconut is sometimes known as the cure for all illnesses. Eating coconut in any of its numerous forms can kill harmful bacteria, fungi, viruses, and even parasites. Along with fiber and vitamins, coconut is high in amino acids and potassium, making it full of nutrition. Because of its antioxidant properties, coconut has anti-aging benefits that can be used to keep skin smooth and treat skin disorders. The abundance of calcium in coconut can help develop strong healthy bones and teeth when eaten daily.

Coconut can be consumed in several forms including coconut water, oil, cream, or directly eating the meat of the coconut. Raw coconut in its dried form is common in trail mix, desserts, smoothies, and sweet and savory dishes. Coconut oil can replace butter and other oils in cooking, adding more nutrients. Coconut water contains all five electrolytes and is a naturally healthy energy drink.

For a list of recipes using coconut, visit: http://www.food.com/recipes/coconut

Benefits:
  • Helps Prevent Obesity
  • Improves Heart Health
  • Reduces Risk of Illness
  • Good Source of Dietary Fiber and Vitamins
  • Low Glycemic Index
  • Improves Digestion
  • Boosts Energy with Antioxidants
  • Has Anti-Aging Properties

Photo Credit: Melissa Braun

Worth Sharing
DID YOU KNOW?
The average elementary school student packing a disposable lunch creates 67 pounds of lunch waste per school year. This means that if all students at an average-size elementary school packed waste-free lunches, 18,760 pounds of annual lunch waste would be diverted from the landfill! Have you considered starting a waste-free lunch program at your school? Many schools across the country have already done so, and they're truly making a difference! To get you started, be sure to visit WastefreeLunches.org, and don't forget to check out our waste-free lunch posters at LaptopLunches.com.

 


BENTO TIP
Ditch the disposables! Go totally waste- free this school year with our bento accessories. Replace your disposable paper napkins and plastic utensils with our colorful organic cotton napkins and stainless steel silverware. Save money, respect our earth, go reusable!



FEATURED VIDEO: BUILT TO LAST
Can your lunch box withstand a fall from the 2nd storey of a building?

Watch us put our Laptop Lunches Bento Boxes to the test!



Lunch Menus


DEVILED EGGS AND PASTA

Your Favorite Pasta
Deviled Eggs
Red Grapes
Sugar Snap Peas




END-OF-SUMMER BENTO LUNCH

Green Grapes
Carrot Sticks with Ranch Dip
Trail Mix
Dried Apricots
Whole Wheat Crackers
Bento Buzz
NO MORE BAGGIES!
"I just bought the new sports bento kit for my son this year, and I have to say what I really love is that what he doesn't eat at lunch goes right in the refrigerator, and he can pull it out and snack on the rest. I can't tell you how much I love not using Ziplocs. I have to say this lunch box makes it fun to pack lunch."

-- Amie


FOUR YEARS AND GOING STRONG!
"My kids have used Their bento boxes for 4 years from age 2-6. These are the best boxes around!!!"

-- Theresa



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