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

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Tamar Genger MA, RD
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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.

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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.