In this episode of Healthy Family Project, we talk to Gillian Fein, founder of LaLa Lunchbox, all about back to school lunchboxes and how to think outside the lunchbox rut.

Gillian shares tips on infusing creativity into lunchboxes, thinking outside of the box and trying something new with your kids’ lunches without spending a lot of time. She also shares tips on creating a balanced lunch and dealing with food allergies.

Gillian is a mom to three kids, grew up in a food family and has a real passion for helping develop the mindful eaters of tomorrow. 

Her app, LaLa Lunchbox, is a best-selling meal planning app for families and the only one that involves kids in the process of choosing their foods.

The app makes lunch planning and packing easier and helps families save time and money. Kids set up virtual lunchboxes and select meals for the week ahead by feeding a hungry monster from a completely customizable Food Library of healthy options. Kids’ choices become a handy grocery list for parents.

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Don’t forget to show us your healthy lunchboxes on Instagram using #PowerYourLunchbox.  

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Want to skip straight to a hot topic? See time stamps below. But of course, we recommend listening all the way through!

  • 2:17 Welcome, Gillian!
  • 6:36 Inspiration Behind LaLa Lunchbox App
  • 13:22 How to Infuse Creativity into Lunchboxes 
  • 14:45 Sweets in the Lunchbox
  • 20:02 Allergy-friendly Ideas through Lala Lunchbox App
  • 25:55 Lunchboxes: Sticking to What Works VS Trying New Things

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