The Whole Foods Lunch Bag

Do you make the effort to pack a healthy portable lunch and then struggle with how to transport it to school or work? Do you find that the old-fashioned brown bags simply don't cut it when it comes to transport? Or, do your teenagers cringe when you try to pack their fruit and whole wheat sandwiches in a traditional frumpy lunch box?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, I know how you feel. Packing lunch for children can be a chore. But, packing lunch into a suitable container for transport can be equally as difficult. I know this, because I've been trying to solve this problem for years. I've tried traditional lunches, brown bags, soft sided lunch boxes, recycled shopping bags etc.

Well, last week, I discovered a really nice solution. I was at Whole Foods trying to find an ingredient for a recipe that I was testing. On my way out the door, I noticed a display case filled with soft-sided bags. The smallest bags caught my eye! Aha!! A well-designed soft sided-insulated lunch bag that was generous in size and lightweight. I also liked the pocket on the side for a water bottle. And, I loved the large base on the bottom and the long handles for carrying. I purchased one for $2.50 and immediately put it to the test.

On the first day, I loaded that bag with food for lunch and track practices--sandwiches, yogurts, oranges, bananas, homemade cookies, and a bagel. That night, my daughter gave the bag a good review in terms of ease  of use, portability etc.   The next day, I used the bag to cart some warm noodle soup and herb tea to a track practice. It was miserably cold and rainy that day. The track meet was destined to go on for hours. So, by mid afternoon, I loaded that bag up with a large Stanley thermos filled with soup. I also nestled a thermos of Tazo orange tea in there as well. I handed the bag off to my daughter between her events and told her to refuel herself and warm up a little bit. Surprisingly, the Whole Foods Lunch Bag survived the monsoon. It was wonderfully waterproof and easily withstood the rough and tumble environment of a high school track event.

So, if you have a Whole Foods near you, by all means check out these inexpensive lunch bags!