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Make Meal Prep Easy with Pure Salad by Smart Planet

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If you read my blog then you may know that that I am working really hard on losing weight with Nutrisystem.  Part of my program is to include four servings of veggies every single day.  Since we always seem to be on the go and fitting in quick meals when we get a chance it really helps me to plan ahead.  With Pure Salad from Smart Planet, I can prep my salads and veggies in advance and keep them fresh so I can grab them and go.   Since it’s made of glass I can easily stick it in the fridge, use it in the oven, or even the microwave with no worries.  It’s really convenient and has really helped me with having healthier options prepped ahead of time for easy snacking and eating.

This BPA free glass bowl is perfect no matter what meals you would like to prep in it.  For me, I love it for my veggies but it’s great for any type of food.  It makes meal time really simple and you can keep your foods fresh much longer with it.  I like taking my foods with me when we travel or if I have to be away from the house during meal times.  It’s small enough it easily fits in a lunch bag but big enough to hold the foods I need to bring with me.  The easy lock lid keeps foods safe and fresh and is secure so you know it’s locked in place.  It is my favorite way to meal prep right now.

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How to Convince Your Husband to Take Leftovers for Lunch

How to Convince Your Husband to Take Leftovers for Lunch
 

Kristina was given a SmartPlanet Pure Glass Bento Container in exchange for the opportunity to review it honestly. All opinions are her own. And they're giving one to you, too! Scroll down for details on how to enter to win.

It's no secret that I love saving money, avoiding food waste, and feeding my family healthy meals. One super simple way to do that is to send leftovers to work with my husband for his lunch.

But therein lies a problem - one you may have encountered, too. Not everything reheats well, tastes good the next day, or transports easily. Through the years I've learned a thing or two about what's worth sending off to work with him, and what's better left in the fridge or freezer to be repurposed another way.

If you're hoping that your husband (or, let's be honest, yourself!) will be more open to transporting leftovers to work, I've got some tips.

Choose visually appealing meals.

Things don't look quite as delicious the next day, no matter what you do. We eat with our eyes first, so if you pack colorful, visually appealing meals you - or your husband - will be more likely to eat it instead of running to the local sandwich shop.

Choose meals that he enjoys.

If your husband is all "meh" about dinner on the night you serve it, it's going to be double "meh" by the next afternoon. Don't badger him to take a meal that he doesn't really like.

Invest in a good container.

You need a good container that fits your lifestyle. I love bento containers that have multiple sections for food, but many of them are either plastic (not the healthiest option if you're reheating due to chemical leeching) or stainless steel (can't microwave these). I prefer glass containers, but found myself packing several of them for one meal.

I was given the opportunity to check out this glass bento from SmartPlanet and I jumped at the opportunity! It's got two separate wells (perfect for most of our meals), holds enough food to satisfy my husband's appetite, and is microwavable.

Plus, it didn't leak. That's always a plus. (Note, the central divider does not come all the way to the top so if you transport this container carelessly it's possible that the foods will slosh over into each other. But they won't leak out the top, which is the most important part in my opinion.)

Since receiving it, I've been using this container exclusively to pack my husband's lunch. No more armful of mismatched containers to wash at the end of the day, no need to warn him to "be careful so it doesn't dump out in your bag," and no words of caution about transferring the food to a plate prior to reheating. It's really been the one-size-fits-all lunch container that we've been looking for!

Pack foods that have similar reheat times.

If you pack a grilled chicken breast and mashed potatoes, by the time the potatoes are finally heated through the chicken is going to be way overdone, dry, and tough. Packing foods that reheat similarly will mean they all come out tasty by the time the buzzer on the microwave goes off.

Pack higher-fat foods.

I think most of us know by now that fat isn't the enemy, right? When reheating foods, they have a tendency to dry out. Packing foods that have a higher fat content decrease the likeliness that they'll be tasteless and rubbery by the time they're heated. Foods like casseroles, meatballs, soups, and chilis are usually great the next day.

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Collapsible Plug In Heated Meal Kit from SmartPlanet

Collapsible Plug In Heated Meal Kit from SmartPlanet

 Collapsible Plug In Heated Meal Kit from SmartPlanet Review

The Collapsible Plug In Heated Meal Kit from SmartPlanet is a simple gadget that is perfect for heating up a lunch or dinner that is large enough for up to 2 servings. It has 8 parts that include a spork cover, custom spork, condiment lid, carrying handles, condiment compartment, indicator light, AC outlet, and a power cord.

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Giveaway – Smart Planet Double Decker Meal Kit – Ends 10/25/14

Giveaway – Smart Planet Double Decker Meal Kit – Ends 10/25/14

Smart Planet Double Decker Meal Kit

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Smart Planet makes packing and eating a lunch to go a whole lot more fun than a brown bag and foods that can be wrapped in foil or stored in a zipper bag. They can also help you cut down on waste, which is good for our planet.

The Double Decker Meal Kit is a modern lunch box that is great for adults and kids. There is plenty of room inside for a full size meal.

Smart Planet Double Decker Meal Kit

There are two large compartments that stack together underneath one lid. The bottom base section is collapsible. It is made from silicone and can expand to twice it’s size. The silicone is microwave and dishwasher safe.

The lid has a built in container that will hold salad dressing, dipping sauce, hummus or a small treat. The spoon and fork have their own space on the lid, which makes it easy to keep everything you need all together.

Smart Planet Double Decker Meal Kit

Tabs lock the lid securely in place and handles fold up for transport. It comes in three bright colors – blue, green and pink.

I like putting a large salad in the bottom section and a half sandwich in the top. What would you like to pack in a Smart Planet Double Decker Meal Kit?

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