Hot lunches: 7 solutions to keep little lunches warm

kid sized thermos

Want to know the secret to making sure little Betty comes home with a full belly and an empty lunch box? Take it from us, it all comes down to the packaging!

Whether you’re packing last night’s leftovers or keep the freezer stocked with microwaveable lunches to thaw-and-go, you can send everything from soup to spag bol to school in a kid-sized thermos.

We’ve uncovered the 7 best-insulated food containers for hot lunches.

Use the Funtainer force

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Perfect for Jedi masters, the Thermos Star Wars Funtainer food jars  ($24.95) will keep fried rice, mini meatballs, or whatever else tickles their taste buds warm for five hours while dishing up a serving of Star Wars fun.

Contain the cheekiness

cheeki kid thermos

Cheeki Food Jars ($24.95) are designed in Australia and made out of stainless steel for extra durability. They can hold 350ml of yummy snacks and keep leftovers hot for up to five hours.

Patterns of personalised fun

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Cute characters, bright colours and patterns o’ plenty, Pottery Barn Kids’ Primary Mackenzie hot and cold containers ($26.50) dish up a delicious lunch no matter where you are. And the personalised containers also ensure they your children’s food containers actually make it home with them.

Spork, store and serve

cute kid thermos

Hop, skip and jump into container heaven with the cheeky collection of insulated food containers from Skip Hop ($26.96).  These adorable containers are especially perfect for little fingers and first foods. Each comes with its own spork (that’s a spoon and fork in one) for extra easy meals-on-the-go.

LunchBot for little hands

We’ve shown you these adorable LunchBot insulated containers before. But the clever LunchBot ($41.40) has a new look and now comes in three different sizes (little bit hungry, a little bit hungrier and I-didn’t-eat-my-breakfast). The trio of Bots all boast uber-insulation power (up to five hours for warm food and ten hours for cold food).

Cuisine conserver

Kids Konserve food jars

Sleek, stylish and made from stainless steel for extra durability, the Kids Konserve – U Konserve insulated container ($29.95) is another fantastic option for the entire family. Serve up soup, mac ‘n cheese, pasta, chicken nuggets or even savoury sausage rolls that remain at the ideal temperature.

Food to go with Foogo

pink small thermos school lunch

Another winner from the Thermos range is the uber-nifty Foogo ($28.95). This clever container offers the superior insulation technology you’d expect from the Thermos brand combined with a sturdy stainless steel exterior, so the kids can’t break it.

Now that you’ve stocked the Tupperware drawer with fantastic insulated food containers, how about checking out this recipe for Alfredo pasta with sneaky veggies that they’ll sure to love.