Now Serving: Honest Kids Drinks!

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The Lunch Mob is pleased to announce that we are now serving Honest Kids drinks with each of our lunches! We are excited to be serving drinks from the Honest Kids company, a company that aligns with the same values that The Lunch MOB strives for every day. The Honest Kids company shares our same passion of providing children with healthy alternatives without sacrificing taste. Serving up less calories (from 120 to 35), and a lot less sugar (from 29g to 8g), from our previous juice drinks, Honest Kids drinks are the perfect companion to our more than 60 unique, healthy school lunch options. In 2013, they removed the organic cane sugar from all Honest Kids varieties. They found a way to deliver the same great taste by sweetening the juice drinks only with fruit juice.

With a variety of flavors from “Tropical Tango Punch” to “Appley Ever After,” Honest Kids shares the same spirit in bringing fun and interactivity to lunch time. We’re excited to now serve Honest Kids juice with your children’s lunches!

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Kids Eat Nutritious School Lunches Thanks to This Dad’s Secret

Ask any kid what their favorite subject in school is and they will grin ear to ear and tell you it’s lunch. While we grown-ups understand that lunch isn’t technically a subject, it’s the only thing on our children’s minds after about 9:30 a.m.

I remember growing up and feeling like lunch was the most important time of the day. It was the one thing in school other than the Book Mobile that I looked forward to. My friends and I swapped apples for raisins, PB&J for tuna salad, and chips for pretzels like it was our job. Lunch was a childhood phenomenon all on its own. From the characters on your lunchbox to whether you bought chocolate milk or had a juice box, lunch was life.

A lot has changed since the good old days when my BeeGees flip-top thermos were the talk of the town. Nowadays school lunches are overseen and scrutinized by The First Lady herself. Unfortunately, her attempt to make school lunches healthier, tastier, and more appealing to the masses was an epic failure. While Michelle Obama had good intentions, the kids weren’t buying it and started posting pictures of their “less than edible-looking” school lunches on Twitter with the hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama .

There is, however, a really cool Dad who runs a blog called Lunchbox Dad who knows just how to make lunch the event kids spend all morning looking forward to. Inspired by his kid’s latest interests, this dad made packing lunches into an art form. He creates movie characters out of food and packs it in lunches for his kids. He has made banana minions, unicorn sandwiches, and even has movie themed lunches. He says all of the extra work is more than worth it to make memories for his kids and provide them with a nutritious lunch.

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Most parents I talk to, however, say that their kids buy lunches at the school because they simply don’t have the time to pack lunches during the hectic morning rush much less throw in a cast of characters made from carrots and hummus. We sympathize with parents and know ourselves how difficult it is trying to find time to get it all done.

Along with time constraints, parents I have spoken with voice concerns over the types of food being offered in their children’s cafeterias. I’ve eaten lunch at my children’s schools and have experienced first-hand what is being offered in cafeterias across the country. I have also seen how much food gets wasted because kids simply don’t like it. Imagine sending your child to school and trusting that they were going to be provided with a healthy, delicious, affordable lunch that they would thoroughly enjoy.

This is where The Lunch MOB comes into play. We are a unique company that works with area schools to help provide exceptionally healthy meals for kids. The Lunch MOB meals are freshly prepared every day and can range anywhere from your child’s favorite of PB&J to a soup and salad combination. With over 60 menu items to choose from, there is definitely something for everyone. Let us do the grocery shopping, planning, cooking, cleaning up, and delivery while all you have to do is place your order. Imagine how much better you would feel knowing your children were receiving proper nutrition during their busy day.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in incorporating into your school, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. We would be happy to go over our menu options, pricing, and any questions you may have. Don’t allow your children to settle for being served another meal that will end up in the garbage. Call The Lunch MOB today.

Photo’s of the cool lunches from LunchBoxDad.com

The Lunch MOB Welcomes McDowell School!

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McDowell Private Preschool-Elementary School, one of Southern California’s premier private schools located in the beautiful city of Laguna Niguel, is the Lunch MOB’s latest school, customer, and partner!

We are honored to have the opportunity to work with a school that values excellence and partnerships as much as we do. One of the things that sets McDowell School apart is the way their community of parents, staff and students partner to create a culture which inspires academic excellence while instilling character traits necessary for our future leaders in an ever-changing world.

Our approach to an innovative healthy school lunch service is one in the same. The Lunch MOB seeks to empower parents, students, and schools to foster a healthier lifestyle. It’s hard to find a partner that can provide meals that you, your students, and their parents can trust. We offer a selection of high quality, made-from-scratch, nutritious meals that you can be proud of.

With more than 60+ unique menu items, we’re absolutely sure that your kids will find something they’ll love! From our scrumptious entrees to our savory soups; from our hearty sandwiches to our refreshingly cool salads, there’s something for everybody. We offer your kids’ favorites, but we also strive to always introduce new items because we believe that kids’ willingness to try new and different foods can empower a lifelong virtue of open-mindedness.

We handle it all for you. From ordering, cooking, cleaning, billing, and delivery, we make the entire process of providing a meal easy and seamless. Our food is freshly prepared in a commercial kitchen and carried in proper warming/cooling units ensuring freshness at arrival. And every meal also comes with a choice of cold drink, a serving of fresh fruit or vegetable, and snack.

The founding principle of The Lunch MOB is to foster healthier eating for our kids. And so, we will do whatever we can to empower schools to follow the same. For every meal that is purchased, The Lunch MOB will donate 5 cents to the school. The more meals are purchased, the more we give back.

And much like the spirit of McDowell School, we are passionate about empowering children to learn and grow at their own pace. We bring back fun and interactivity to lunch time. Our cheerful characters of The Lunch MOB have unique stories about food that kids can relate with. And along with our board certified nutritionist, we can educate and empower you and your kids about healthy eating and help them develop habits that can last for a lifetime.

We are happy to be working with the school to provide quality and nutritious meals for students as well as their excellent faculty and staff. Would you like to try out our healthy lunch alternatives for either your children or their school? Contact us,  we would love to talk with you about all we have to offer and keeping your children healthy and happy.

Thanksgiving Comic Strip

The Lunch MOB characters, Maya, Orlando, and Bali, enjoy a new twist on Thanksgiving dinner, healthy alternatives to some of their favorites that they ended up loving! We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and stay tuned for more adventures with The Lunch MOB characters!

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Thanksgiving Coloring Page

Yesterday we brought you the word puzzle and coloring page, today we have an all new coloring page to keep your kiddos busy.

Download this fun Thanksgiving-themed coloring page. Be sure to print this page out, have your kids bring out their inner Michelangelo, and share with us the finished piece of art. Use #TheLunchMOB when posting to Facebook or any other social media network.

Download the PDF here!

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November Coloring Page & Word Puzzle

It’s Thanksgiving break for a lot of kids this week. Are you looking for some great ways to keep them busy?

Download this fun Thanksgiving-themed word search puzzle and coloring page. While it won’t keep the kids busy all week, it may help with a few hours. Check back tomorrow for another fun The Lunch MOB activity for the kids to do.

Download the PDF here!
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Welcome, Sunflower Montessori School!

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The Lunch Mob is pleased to announce their latest school partner and customer, Sunflower Montessori School in Mission Viejo!

With a mission as unique and child-focused as the Montessori method, we are looking forward to partnering with a school that teaches many of the same principles and values we have built our school lunch program on.

It’s hard to find a partner that can provide meals that faculty, students, and their parents can trust. We offer a selection of high quality, made-from-scratch, nutritious meals that you can be proud of.

We handle it all for you. From ordering, cooking, cleaning, billing, and delivery, we make the entire process of providing a meal easy and seamless. Our food is freshly prepared in a commercial kitchen and carried in proper warming/cooling units ensuring freshness at arrival. And every meal also comes with a choice of cold drink, a serving of fresh fruit or vegetable, and snack.

And much like the spirit of Sunflower Montessori School, we are passionate about empowering children to learn and grow at their own pace. We bring back fun and interactivity to lunch time. Our cheerful characters of The Lunch MOB have unique stories about food that kids can relate with. And along with our board certified nutritionist, we can educate and empower you and your kids about healthy eating and help them develop habits that can last for a lifetime.

We are also committed to giving back. The founding principle of The Lunch MOB is to foster healthier eating for our kids. And so, we will do whatever we can to encourage schools to follow the same. For every meal that is purchased, The Lunch MOB will donate 5 cents to the school. The more meals are purchased, the more we give back.

With more than 60+ unique menu items, we’re absolutely sure that your kids will find something they’ll love! We offer your kids’ favorites, but we also strive to always introduce new items because we believe that kids’ willingness to try new and different foods can empower a lifelong virtue of open-mindedness, a virtue that also closely aligns with the vision of Montessori schools.

With an unwillingness to compromise, much like the “Montessori Difference,” The Lunch Mob is revolutionizing the world of school lunches, one meal at a time. Every parent has the desire to provide their kids with the most nutritious meals possible while also giving them meals that they are happy to eat, yet they often lack the time to do so with the demands of their schedules.

Fortunately, the crew at The Lunch MOB has created a solution to keep kids healthy and happy, while also taking out the hassle for busy parents and we’ve now brought our healthy school lunch service to Orange County.

We are honored to partner with Sunflower Montessori School! Would you like to try out our healthy lunch alternatives for either your children or their school? Contact us,  we would love to talk with you about all we have to offer.

What Do School Lunch Programs Look Like From Around the World?

Here at The Lunch MOB, we like to discuss and help educate you on why healthy school lunch programs are so important for your kids. Recently there were some photos taken of school lunch programs from around the world that were a striking contrast from what American children are eating every day at school in the U.S.

Even with the recent shift from government to get a better handle on school lunches being served to millions of children in the U.S., there are still roughly 32 million children eating unhealthy cafeteria style lunches every day. That number does not account for large number of kids attending private schools or the children who bring lunches from home. Our nation is becoming more and more aware of the childhood obesity rate in our country that has truly become an epidemic.

The Lunch MOB is a company that is looking at a fresh and unique way to not only battle this very problem in the schools with their unhealthy school lunch programs, but also to provide parents with an easier and healthier solution to the boring, brown bagged lunch alternatives. One of the biggest challenges The Lunch MOB has solved is finding fresh ingredients and nutritious foods that kids will actually eat. We have all seen the news in the last year of kids around the nation taking to Twitter and other social media channels to refuse and boycott the first lady’s push for healthy meals. As the saying goes, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink.” The Lunch MOB has created more than 60 different meal choices for kids and parents to choose from, allowing even the pickiest of eaters to find something they will like.

It appears that The Lunch MOB has taken notice of school lunch programs from around the world and put their own spin on some delicious kid favorites, while providing the nutrients they need. Take a look at the following countries school lunch programs meals being served to kids:

Italy

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Local caught fish served on top of a bed of arugula. freshly made pasta with a lite tomato sauce, crisp red seedless grapes, a child’s version of caprese salad, and a freshly baked baguette. Lot’s of great choices here for kids, and of course since this is Italy, you would expect to have at least one pasta dish.

Finland

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Freshly cooked pea soup, whole wheat roll, carrot salad, beet salad, and pannakkau (a thin dessert pancake) topped with some fresh berries. You will notice in this meal there are no meats being served, depending on how the pea soup is cooked of course.

France

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Apple slices, Locally made cheese, fresh green beans with seasoning, kiwi slices, and seasoned cooked carrots. You will notice with this meal that is straight forward ingredients with some seasoning. Of course you can have a meal in france without some cheese.

Brazil

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Black beans and rice, pork with some local veggies, whole grain roll, fresh green salad, and some baked plantains (similar to bananas). This meal is rich in local and nationally grown ingredients. This meal represents its home country very well, bright and full of life.

South Korea

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Seasoned and cooked tofu over white rice, kimichi (traditionally a fermented side dish made of vegetables and a variety of seasoning), broccoli, red-yellow-green cooked peppers, and a fish soup. Notice that most of this meal is made up vegetables and grain.

Greece

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Baked boneless skinless chicken breast laid atop cooked orzo (pasta that resembles rice), fresh small oranges, greek yogurt with some pomegranate seeds, cherry tomato and cucumber salad, and steamed stuffed grape leaves. This entire meal speaks to greece, especially the use of citrus and “greek” yogurt.

Ukraine

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Cabbage salad, syrniki (a local dessert pancake), mashed potatoes with locally made sausage links, and borscht (a ukrainian soup that is usually made of beets). No doubt that this is a very simple meal, but made with locally grown and made foods.

Spain

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Sauteed peeled shrimp on top of a bed of brown rice and vegetables, whole grain roll, fresh orange, fresh pepper salad, and gazpacho (this is a juice, often misidentified as a soup, made from fresh raw vegetables and served cold). Another meal made from raw and fresh ingredients.

USA

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Fried processed “popcorn” chicken with processed and sugary sauce, mashed potatoes, chocolate chip cookie, canned green peas, and canned fruit cup in syrup.

The Lunch MOB

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The Lunch MOB carries more than 60 different meal choices, providing parents and kids a choice when it comes to picky eaters, while providing nutrients they need. For example, meals like, “Crunchy Oven Baked Fish Sticks,” provide a healthy alternative to regular fish sticks, this is made with firm and flaky cod fish in a seasoned mixture of low fat parmesan and whole grain breadcrumbs. Take a look at all of the options they have to offer.

It’s a bit shocking to to see so many other nations providing their school children nutritious and fresh school lunch programs, while American school kids are still being served processed and sugary foods. The Lunch MOB is hoping to change this for American families across the nation, however they believe it takes one community at a time to educate and teach parents on the quality and value that The Lunch MOB’s school lunch program provides. To learn more about The Lunch MOB, click here:

Photo’s provided by Distractify and Sweetgreen

Healthy School Lunch Delivery Program Comes To Orange County

For many busy parents the act of packing your kid’s lunch has changed from an act of love to a nagging morning chore. As parents, it is difficult not to see this daily activity as just another item on our long list of things to do. Every parent has the desire to provide their kids with the most nutritious meals possible while also giving them meals that they are happy to eat. Fortunately, the crew at The Lunch MOB has created a solution to keep kids healthy and happy while also taking out the hassle for busy, overwhelmed parents.

The Lunch MOB prepares food that is freshly made everyday. The very best ingredients are used in all meals so that a healthy school lunch delivery system is available to parents, their kids, and schools. Local private schools in the Orange County area are partnering up with this popular startup because of its well-known reputation. Through its online service parents are able to make sure that food allergies, likes, and dislikes are taken into account when ordering the meals their kids will eat throughout the week. Parents also have the ability to order food for the entire week or for any given number of days. It’s up to the parents to decide on the rate of food delivery to each child. The Lunch MOB recently released a brand new app (on Android and iOS), allowing parents to order meals for their kids anytime, anywhere. Forget to pack your kid’s lunch? Not a problem, pull out your phone or tablet and order your child a lunch on the go.

The owners of The Lunch MOB, Jonathan and Aileen Bonuan, explain that there are benefits for all those that use The Lunch MOB as a solution to school lunches; the parents, their children, and the schools. Parents are able to avoid the daily chore and hassle of preparing school lunches, children get to enjoy fresh and highly nutritious food that actually tastes good, and schools don’t have to deal with a typical lunch program.

Kids 9According to Jonathan and Aileen, The Lunch MOB relieves parents from the daily chore of creating school lunches or relying on school lunch programs to give their kids what they need. This provides peace of mind to many parents who worry about whether or not their child is getting the nutrients they need. Schools also benefit from this program as it provides an easy and healthy school lunch delivery program on a daily basis. Jonathan and Aileen take it a step further by providing a percentage of the proceeds back to the schools, allowing a win-win-win for everyone.

The Lunch MOB started with a love and passion for food and healthy eating. It began about two years ago when as a father to two growing toddlers, Jonathan, began noticing the challenges of putting together lunches for his children. In the beginning, he thought putting together lunches for his kids was an easy chore that could be accomplished with little hassle. He quickly realized how monotonous the chore was and how much of a hassle it became to find and implement healthy lunches for his kids on a daily basis. Jonathan recalls the struggle stating, “I was packing the same “vanilla” lunches every week. While my kids weren’t directly complaining, I knew they were wanting more!” Jonathan became more and more concerned about his growing kids and their nutritional needs. This led him and his wife on a mission to find more options and choices for healthy-conscious meals that his kids would actually love to eat.

Aileen, a middle school math and science teacher, rallied with Jonathan to help find a solution to this daily struggle. She quickly worked with Jonathan, and together they were able to turn their idea for healthier and more delicious lunches into a business. The passion Jonathan has for the well being of his own children made it an easy decision to leave his 20 year long career in engineering to pursue and develop The Lunch MOB. Jonathan and Aileen knew they weren’t the only parents struggling to provide their kids with deliciously healthy meals while dealing with the everyday stresses of work and life. Eventually the idea of The Lunch MOB came to life and it is beginning to positively affect the lives of parents, children, and schools.

fresh vegetables on farm table with tag and logoThe Lunch MOB program allows parents, and more importantly kids, to choose from many different varieties of healthy lunches. They say that even the pickiest eaters will certainly find something they love in this program. There are over 55 entree choices to choose from that are healthy and made daily with fresh ingredients. This provides kids the freedom to choose from a wide variety of meals and gives parents the peace of mind that quality ingredients are being served to their children. The Lunch MOB is quickly growing in the Orange County area and is becoming the healthy school lunch delivery program that private schools have been looking for.

Currently, The Lunch MOB offers its services to daycares, camps, private, and parochial schools. Unfortunately, there are numerous schools that fail to offer healthy lunches to their students. This has become a common occurrence because many schools can not substantiate the expense and overhead involved with offering such a program.

It’s good to know that there is a healthy school lunch delivery program like The Lunch MOB available for us busy parents. Programs like this give parents and their children the opportunity for a healthier and more satisfying lifestyle.

Welcome, Montessori On The Lake!

Montessori On The Lake, a school nestled in a beautiful lakeside property in Lake Forest serving children from 3 months of age through 8th grade, is The Lunch MOB’s latest partner! We are looking forward to partnering with Montessori On The Lake to provide lunches as innovative, specialized and unique as their approach and quality of education.

It’s hard to find a partner that can provide meals that you, your students, and their parents can trust. And the temptation for the easy route also exists where fast food, sugary snacks, and unhealthy processed foods can make their way into your students’ bodies. We offer a selection of high quality, made-from-scratch, nutritious meals that you can be proud of.

With over 60+ unique menu items, we’re absolutely sure that your kids will find something they’ll love! From our scrumptious entrees to our savory soups; from our hearty sandwiches to our refreshingly cool salads, there’s something for everybody. Vegetarian and nut-free items are available, too. We offer your kids’ favorites, but we also strive to always introduce new items because we believe that kids’ willingness to try new and different foods can empower a lifelong virtue of open-mindedness.

And much like the spirit of Montessori On The Lake, we bring back fun and interactivity to lunch time. Our cheerful characters of The Lunch MOB have unique stories about food that kids can relate with. And along with our board certified nutritionist, we can educate and empower you and your kids about healthy eating.

We are also committed to giving back. The founding principle of The Lunch MOB is to foster healthier eating for our kids. And so, we will do whatever we can to empower schools to follow the same. For every meal that is purchased, The Lunch MOB will donate 5 cents to the school. The more meals are purchased, the more we give back.

We are excited to be partnering with Montessori On The Lake! Would you like to try out our healthy lunch alternatives for either your children or their school? Contact us,  we would love to talk with you about all we have to offer and keeping your children healthy and happy.