I was very excited about this delivery from Yumbox. If you are a regular follower of the blog then you will already know that I love bento style lunch boxes and sending my son to school with exciting and healthy food.
The Yumbox is an amazing lunch box which is BPA-Free and Phthalates-Free and made with all food safe materials. It comes in two different styles. The one picture above is the the Yumbox Classic which is divided into 6 different compartments – 5 1/2 cup compartments plus a smaller dip compartment. The Yumbox Classic is aimed at toddlers – 8 year old children. The other style box is the Yumbox Panino with 4 Compartments, 1 large, two medium and 1 dip which is perfect for older children and adults.
I was really interested to see whether the Yumbox was leak proof as it is advertised. The lunch box we have been using for the last year and a half isn’t leak proof and so any wet foods like houmous or yoghurt have needed to go into another container. My son used the Yumbox everyday for the last week and I can honestly say that there were no leaks and no transfer of foods from one compartment to the other. This is thanks to the clever design of this box. The inside of the lid is fitted with an embossed silicone lining which creates a tight seal in each individual compartment.
At first glance I did think that each compartment looked quite small, there would be no room for a whole sandwich in this box but I soon realised that that was the whole point. The Yumbox Classic has been created to provide a balanced meal of all food groups. Although the compartments seem small they are actually quite deep and so can be filled with things like quinoa, wholewheat cous cous, small pasta shapes, mini oat cakes or small wholegrain crackers, berries, grapes, veggie sticks, yoghurt, cheese sticks, eggs, chicken strips etc. and the other thing I realised was that although the compartments are labelled with each food group there is nothing stopping you from changing where you place things so that they fit better or so that you can get more of one food group in if you needed too. I actually enjoyed the challenge of finding creative ways to pack lunches this week.
The Yumbox fits perfectly into a standard size lunch box bag with room for a drinks bottle (a small sistema bottle) and cutlery. For me, not being able to place cutlery inside the box was the only downside but since it was being taken in a lunch bag anyway, it really didn’t matter too much. It washes easily and saves money on food bags and food wrap since all of the food stays fresh inside each compartment.
The Yumbox definitely has the fun factor. You can buy various tray designs to place in the box and the cases come in a variety of colours with new pastel shades coming this spring. The Yumbox Classic is a great lunchbox for picky eaters too as it provides an opportunity for more variety and a ‘bits & pieces’ style lunch. These don’t just have to be used for lunches either, you can fill them with snacks for the day, use them to put your children’s treats in for movie night or use them for breakfasts/dinners on the go.
I shall be purchasing the Yumbox Panino so that I have more space options for my sons lunch box but I know that we will continue to use this one too. It is just so nice to finally have a leak proof, compartmented lunch box that is so easy to clean and that the kiddies can get excited about. You can purchase the Yumbox Classic Here and the Yumbox Panino Here.
For more information and lunch inspiration check out www.yumbox-uk.co.uk
Disclosure: This Yumbox was sent to me for free so that I could review it on The Kitchen Shed. All opinions are my own.