Back to School is in full swing but the heat index is still almost in the triple digits here. For the first time, I am packing lunch for a high schooler and one who also plays football and practices for 3+ hours every day after school. With some trial and error we found what works for us for lunch and I wanted to share our finds with you!
Water (and I mean lots of it) was our first priority with temperatures still in the high 90s. Thermos sent us their 64 Ounce Foam Insulated Hydration Bottle and believe me: it is the best water jug we have EVER tried! Even in 100 degree weather, standing on the football field for more than 3 hours, the jug kept the water cold (even the ice was not completely melted!!).
We love the safety features that prevent accidental spilling:
Hygienic push-button, flip-up lid with hygienic hard spout
Locking latch for extra security
And of course the convenient carrying handle that folds down when not in use!
2. FOOD - WHAT'S FOR LUNCH
Now that we had found a great water jug solution, I was trying to find lunch ideas that would keep him field during school and for practice. I discovered the amazing cookbook FEED ZONE and there are so many amazing recipes for athletes. I eventually purchased FEED ZONE PORTABLES and especially the rice cakes have worked great for my family. Packed in our trusted Easylunchboxes!
Here is a video on how to make the rice cakes:
We make them with whatever we have in the house, although I do follow the original recipe most times. This time however, I added turkey, spinach, and onions only and topped it with a little bit of cheese.
We have tried them with white and brown rice and once they cool down, they will stay compact and transport well.