Y'all know me and my lunch box obsession. Here's the latest one that actually has all of the features I've been searching for; it's the Easy Lunch Box. I just ordered two sets (you get four per pack) and one cooler sized for it in olive, the color in the picture. I'll be getting my order in about a week, but before I ordered, I spotted a Big Name Brand version. Because I didn't want to waste money on a system that might not work, I tried it out with the cheaper alternative first. It works.
Mermaid (my 14 year old Freshman high school daughter...eeeks!) didn't mind it. She's all into the Cool of things, and doesn't want to look like a dork or geek. She finally consented to me putting her lunch together in the Bento-ish containers I bought, in a black rectangle lunchbox in which the container fit just right. So, yes. The key, of course, is to not pack food she thinks will give her bad breath after lunch or "nutrition" (ie, 10 minute recess), and that she actually likes. Like grapes, strawberries, cheese & crackers, pb&j sandwich. The Swiss cheese/turkey roll-up I made her was full of Fail, and I ended up tossing it when she got home. So, I think it's going to work with the ELB.
Other bloggers have commented on how surprised they were by how much more substantial the plastic in the ELBs are. Hopefully, I can get the Guy to start taking lunch in with him to work instead of going out all the time with the guys in the office. Not only is it a waste of money, it's also making him gain weight. We'll see how that pans out!
So, looking forward to the arrival of this new system. And believe me, I've looked for something simple, with enough space for a sandwich or pasta or salad, and enough for sides and snacks without being too large, having too many pieces, or being too expensive. I'll let you know!