Review: PlanetBox Lunch Box

*FTC Disclaimer: This box was sent to me free for my consideration.  This is not a sponsored post.  As always, all opinions are my own.*

Last week PlanetBox reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing one of the three lunch boxes they have available on their website.  First, their website is absolutely adorable.  I love the short video on the homepage that shows all the endless possibilities that come with owning a PlanetBox lunch box.  It focuses mostly on being a family-friendly option for kids, which I do not have, but I would not hesitate to bring this into the office for my own lunches at work.

Along with the lunch box itself, I was sent a Slim Sleeve carrying case with a detachable shoulder strap.  The material is durable and slightly padded to ensure protection of your lunch box inside.  They also sell Cold Kits which are thin ice packs to keep your food fresh and cool during the day, if you do not have access to a fridge, which also fits inside this case.

I was (secretly) super excited when I saw they also included a set of their magnets for the front of my PlanetBox.  I had looked at them online before replying back and considered ordering myself a set.  They are strong and stay in place and I love how this particular set has an option to write your name in the lower left-hand corner.  You can even customize a set for yourself using photos of you or your loved ones!

I also received a card that comes with their cleaning tips for the lunch box.  I love that it is dishwasher safe, but it was also extremely easy to wash by hand between photos for this review.  This may be silly to mention, but I appreciated that the corners of each compartment were rounded rather than having a sharp edge; it made it so much easier to get a sponge + soap everywhere to clean it, and I did not struggle to dry it with a towel, either.

The back of the card includes packing Do’s and Don’ts for the lunch box.  I think it’s great that they have such an easy-to-read guide for those who are new to the PlanetBox system.

There are three types of lunch boxes available, depending on your needs (or appetite).  The one pictured above is called the Rover, which is noted as their most popular version.  The Rover has 5 compartments and comes with two Dippers – a Little Dipper that is meant for dips and sauces and a Big Dipper that can be used to store juicy fruit or a salad or leftovers from the night before.  I love that they are removable and the seal under the lid prevents spills.  The other two sizes available are called the Shuttle and the Launch.  The Shuttle would be perfect for little kids or for snacks on the go.  The Launch is meant to hold a full three course meal!

I am excited for this opportunity to review the PlanetBox lunch box because, for a while, I’ve wanted to write about great low carb lunch options that are perfect for work or school, but never really found a way I would like to present them.  This lunch box made it super easy to put together my favorite low carb snacks and meals, and I’m excited to share these ideas with you!  First I made a fresh tuna salad using a little bit of mayo, some minced red onion, and fresh black pepper on top.  I put it in the Big Dipper container that came with my Rover to prevent it from escaping into other compartments in the lunch box.  I also filled two sticks of celery with low sugar peanut butter – I’m always very aware of the kind of peanut butter I buy as most of them are packed with sugar.  I tossed in a handful of fresh blackberries, which I would probably store in the Little Dipper container if I was actually commuting to work to avoid seeing their juice everywhere at lunch time.  In the top right section I added some horseradish cheese and a few slices of cucumber.  For dessert in the center I included salted roasted almonds and a few sugar free chocolate chips as a salty & sweet way to end a delicious lunch!  Nutrition information for the full lunch: 530 calories, 12g total carbs, 8g net carbs, 37g fat, 37g protein.

As a second lunch time option, I started by making some of my favorite low carb roll-ups using salami, low sugar pickles, and a mix of equal parts mayo + dijon mustard.  You could easily make this with roast beef, turkey, or ham, too, but I love the way the salty salami tastes with the pickles.  They fit perfectly in the large section of the bento-style box.  Again I included some fresh blackberries as a juicy treat, but you could also use raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries in their place.  At the store the other day I found these hot and spicy pork rinds which I love; the extra kick from the seasoning is a burst of flavor in your mouth, and they fit great inside the Rover.  In the long top section I sliced the top off four mini bell peppers, scooped out the seeds, and filled them with some chive + onion cream cheese.  Again, I included the salty & sweet dessert of almonds and sugar free chocolate chips in the center section for dessert.  Nutrition information for the full lunch: 420 calories, 14g total carbs, 11g net carbs, 31g fat, 19g protein.

I love that the major goals of PlanetBox is to eat healthier and to produce less waste for the environment.  Fun yet practical lunch boxes make it much easier to want to bring your lunch to work or school rather than purchase something that may be high carb or otherwise unhealthy.  When you bring your own meals, you are in control of the types of food you are eating as you know exactly what is in each and every bite.  I usually like to prep my work lunches the night before to avoid that morning rush when possible.  I highly recommend checking out PlanetBox’s Instagram account as they post some INCREDIBLE photos with suggestions and ideas on how to best use their lunch boxes.  You can also read what others think about these lunch boxes in the “Why PlanetBox” section of their website.  Thank you so much to PlanetBox for sending me the Rover – I love it and will continue to use it!

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