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Lunchtime Lunacy – LaLaLunchbox Makes School Lunch (a little) Easier


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They hate tuna fish.  No cold grilled cheese please.  The school says: nothing made with, next to or in the same facility as peanuts or any other tree nuts.  It’s enough to make me nuts!  I hate school lunch.  I don’t have to eat it.  But I do have to make it.  And I found an App to make it easier.  Thanks to Ronnie Fein’s daughter for creating LaLaLunchbox for us.

With LaLaLunchbox, kids get to personalize and design their own customized lunchboxes with fun monsters and bright colors, and then plan their lunches for a whole week at a time. They simply swipe their choices into their lunchbox from a large selection of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and snacks.  Covering all the major food groups, NOT just chips, chocolate cola and candy!  You can also add your own special foods with your own pictures so it is completely customizable for your family.

The best part is you can download the menus for all of your children into a grocery list you can take with you into any supermarket.  The App stores prior weeks’ menus and shopping lists so you have everything you need to plan your kids lunch in your purse or pocket.

I gave it a test run with my kids (ages 7, 5 and 3).  They loved the pictures and concept.  They also liked being able to use my iPhone.  As for the lunches?  They were mixed, but we’re making progress.  As a dietitian and a mom, I believe that when kids are involved in the kitchen they are more likely to eat what comes out of the kitchen.  LaLaLunchbox is fun and easy.  Two words I’ve never used to describe school lunch.

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About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




3 Responses to Lunchtime Lunacy – LaLaLunchbox Makes School Lunch (a little) Easier

  1. This is so wonderful Tamar! Thanks so much for this. Wish I had had something like it when my kids were school age.

  2. I will have to check this out when the school year starts again — thank G-d!!! my kids get lunch at camp – but this will be fun I know it b/c like your kids they LOVE!!!! using my iphone :-)

  3. My kids get lunches in school as part of their day, but this is fantastic. I really believe kids need to get involved with and know what comes out of a kitchen, and what is healthy and what is not!

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