Episode 57: How to Stay Inspired to Make Creative School Lunches with Gillian of LaLa Lunchbox
We dare you to ask us if every one of our 180 school lunches (per kid!) is inspired. You know better than to be baited like that, though, because, no, of course they aren’t. But we know someone whose lunches ARE always inspired. And she’s not a new mom either. In this episode, we tap school lunch packing master Gillian Fein of LaLa Lunchbox for all the tips on staying creative while packing lunchboxes. Because she’s managed it for 10 years with 3 kids, so yea, we’ll take whatever she’s got.
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Inspiration Can Come From The Strangest Places
Strange place number one: your very own kids
Did you know that you pack about 180 school lunches a year PER CHILD?! It’s enough to make even a school lunch packing pro go crazy — ask us how we know. To keep all of us inspired, for this interview, we brought in a school lunch packing MASTER to share her tips on how to keep our kids’ lunchboxes inspired all year long.
From how she gets her kids involved (surprise, it’s not getting them to pack their own lunch!) to packing strategies that help keep her fresh, Gillian Fein of LaLa Lunchbox spills the deets behind her fantastically inspiring school lunch Instagram feed, @LaLaLunchbox.
Other resources mentioned in this week’s episode:
The difference between a fritter and a pancake (hint: Stacie is definitely making veggie pancakes)
About Our Guest: Gillian Fein
Gillian grew up in a cooking house – literally. Her mom is a food writer and cookbook author who ran a small cooking school, so cooking is part of how Gillian defines herself. And now, as a mom of three kids, providing delicious and healthful food for my family is paramount.
Gillian worked in healthcare for almost a decade after getting her MBA, and nutrition has always been her passion. When her oldest started going to school, Gillian started fielding loads of food opinions: lunch couldn’t be too smelly, take too long to eat, or be too hot — oh, and not too cold either, please. (Sound familiar?) That’s when inspiration struck.
To help engage kids in the lunch-packing process, Gillian created the FREE LaLa Lunchbox app (and now LaLa Breakfast too), which helps organize kids’ preferences — as chosen by them! — in a way that makes it easier to pack well-balanced lunches that kids will be excited to eat.
Check out the app and be sure to also follow Gillian’s absolutely gorgeous and crazy inspiring Instagram feed, @lalalunchbox. You can find your way to both and also grab recipes from Gillian at the LaLa Lunchbox site.
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