Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Fit & Fresh Bento Kit Review and Giveaway


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In honor of back-to-school time, I'm excited to bring you this review and giveaway for Fit & Fresh's Bento Lunch Kit and a 4-pack of Cool Coolers Sunglasses, a $30 value!


Let's a closer look at what's inside this bento lunch kit:


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The lunch box set includes:
  1. A lunch box container and lid. The lunch box itself is divided into 3 compartments: one large 3-cup compartment and 2 small 0.75 cup compartments. The lid is leak-proof and holds...
  2. Two removable ice packs, one large, one small, that snaps right into the lid.
  3. Two small 0.5 cup bento pods also with leakproof lids.
  4. An insulated travel bag that snuggly holds the lunch box in a variety of fun designs.
All lunch box pieces are BPA & PVC-Free and the ice packs are non-toxic and freezer safe. Plastic containers are microwave, freezer and top rack dishwasher safe!

This bento kit came to me at just about the perfect time... just as Big Sis was starting up middle school. With middle school came a much heavier back pack filled with lots of folders, binders, notebooks, gym clothes and other stuff that just packed it full and heavy. There no longer was any room to fit the bulky lunch bag from her leisurely elementary school days. haha. Plus, she was now lugging around a French Horn, too (her choice to join band, not mine! lol), which meant she couldn't carry her lunch bag separately either. Her eating habits changed a bit too. I no longer packed her a big lunch with lots of snacks, nor a treat because she just couldn't handle waiting to eat her treat after her lunch. She's still very much a light eater and would often times fill up on her treat, bringing a good portion of her lunch back. Grrrr! On top of that, snack time (yes, they STILL have snack time in middle school!!!!) was kinda close to lunch which meant there was danger of filling up on snacks before lunch! So, I simplified her lunch, making sure snacks were fairly healthy and light and just put it all in her lunch box, so she could start nibbling on her lunch at snack time and finish it at lunch time.

This bento lunch kit was the perfect solution to all that. Here are some of the biggest PRO's for me:
  1. The bento box is compact yet can hold quite a bit of food. The way the box is shaped and divided, there is no wasted space in it. There is a LOT of room to work with which makes it pretty versatile.
  2. The divided box helps keep food separated - a big must for Big Sis! And the compartments are plenty big for favorite sides and snacks.
  3. The bento pods are a nice option to pack juicy foods or for further separation by placing them in the large compartment. They are big enough to hold generous portions of food.
  4. I love how big the large compartment is. There's room to hold a regular sized sandwich with plenty of space around the sides to pack even more stuff in, using the bento pods themselves or fun silicone cup dividers. This way you can easily turn it into a 4-5-6 way divided lunch box! 
  5. Allows me to pack virtually waste-free (ie trashless) lunches. This is of paramount importance to me!! I constantly strive to reduce-reuse-recycle. This is my way of reducing and reusing. :)
  6. Allows me to make the girls' lunches interesting and fun yet so easy to pack. People always think I spend SO much time making lunches, when in fact it only takes 10-15 mins TOPS to make two! I would never want to spend more than that on them, yet bento boxes just make 'em look fancy, like you've spent an hour on them. lol.
  7. This easy-access lunch kit makes it easier for my girls to eat lunch in the short amount of time they are given in school. It's all just right there in front of 'em!
  8. The insulated bag is compact and light and fits perfectly in Big Sis' already full back pack. 
  9. The insulated bag also comes in some really really cute designs! :)
And along with the pros, here are a few CON's to keep in mind:
  1. The insulated bag is very simple. Though it has a handle for carrying, it has no pockets and the bento box fits very snugly in the bag. There isn't much extra space to fit anything else other that what fits inside the lunch box. BUT... I AM able to sneak in a granola bar and a bag small bag of snacks on top of it... which is just perfect for us.
  2. Although the lid to the bento box is leak-proof, the divided compartments are not leak-proof to each other, particularly between the two small compartments. If you're like me and don't always use ice packs, there is about a centimeter-sized gap between the top of the lid and the top of the lunch box dividers of the two small compartments. Here, small-sized snacks or crumbs may find their way into the other compartment. But that is totally where those leak-proof bento pods come in handy.
  3. The ice packs are a neat idea. It's cool how they fit into compartments in the lid, but I find that I don't use them that way very often because it's just one more thing for me to wash since they come into contact w/ the food. If you're not lazy like me, then use as is. They help keep a tighter fit to the lid, as well as keep food chilled. But if you ARE like me, just put them on top of the lid and only wash 'em once a week. lol.
 Here are some lunches I've made for my girls using my new Fit & Fresh Bento Lunch Kits:




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You, too, can be a proud owner of this versatile lunch kit and some cool sunglasses coolers! Purchase them now by clicking these links:

 

... or, if you're feeling lucky, come enter my Rafflecopter giveaway!

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This giveaway is open to contestants with US shipping addresses only. ONE winner will be notified and will have 48 hours to respond. If no response is received, a new winner will be selected. Fit & Fresh will be responsible for mailing the winner their prize. Giveaway ends at 11:59, EST, on Wednesday night, 09/16/15. Good luck!

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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

Here are some items used in this post. To see a full list of my favorite bento gear and such, just visit my "Products I Love" page! :) Any purchases made through these links earns me a little extra cash to support my bento habit, which my hubby would really appreciate. haha! So thank you!!! if you choose to use any of 'em! :)

    

My favorite Bento supplier @ All Things For Sale.  Just click on the pix to view/purchase now! :)

Japanese Bento Accessories Sauce Container set of 4 Lovely Mayo Cup Food Decorating Pick Long Pix Stix Assorted 

This post has been shared at:
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Anyonita Nibbles' - Tasty Tuesdays
What Kids Eat Wednesday
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Disclosures:

I received 2 Fit & Fresh Bento Lunch Kits and a set of Cool Coolers for review. No financial compensation was received. All opinions are my own, based on my use of the products.

Affiliate links are used on this blog. :)

16 comments:

chickie717 said...

Thanks for this wonderful giveaway.. Good luck everyone!

Anonymous said...

thank you so much

Amber Hernandez said...

I love your giveaways! Cute lunches as always!

Kari said...

Would love to win one. Saw one at target about a month ago and have been a fan ever since :)

Masooma Farishta said...

What great ideas for packing lunches!!

sherryberrybim said...

Great lunch kit!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the opportunity! Good luck everyone!

Erin Rhodes said...

This is great!! Love these!

Caitlyn said...

I've been debating purchasing one of these! Would love to win!

Kaelyn said...

I am in search of the best bento. It would be cool to try this one.

Michelle J. said...

I am like you. I've been trying to figure out what exactly I can throw in my dishwasher because I don't want to wash all the bento stuff by hand.

Erin Ellis said...

I love the swirl design!

D Johnson said...

I have been wanting to try a bento kit for a while now to carry my work lunches. This one looks great!

[Whatever U are, be a good one!] said...

Thank You So Much for this awesome giveaway! I would love to win it for my son :)

Fiona N

Bianca Munoz said...

Thank you for the great giveaway! Good luck everyone! :)

kidgredients said...

Great review! Thanks for linking up to #whatkidseatwednesday