Making School Lunches– a few thoughts about Bento Boxes
Tomorrow is the first day of school!
I have decided to make lunches this year–our private preschool provides great meals, but the price has risen to the point where I think I can do better. Plus, life is getting a bit easier now that the kids are becoming more self sufficient. I have more time to plan and prepare healthy and (hopefully) creative meals.
For the first day, I decided to “honor requests” for lunch. The kids were excited to choose a meal. I was very proud of their healthy choices.
bite size pasta with grated parmesan
turkey and cheese cubes
fresh steamed broccoli and carrots with ranch dip
milk or juice
I like to pack Bento Style Lunches. They remind me to incorporate different food groups and to be mindful of portion size.
What is a Bento Style lunch? According to the blog, Lunch in a Box— A bento lunch is a compact, balanced, visually appealing meal packed in a box. Historically, it’s a Japanese box lunch, similar in concept to the Indian tiffin, the Korean dosirak, or the Filipino baon lunch. In Japanese, “bento” or “obento” refers to the packed meal, and “bento-bako” refers to the bento box itself. Please check out this blog for more info and GREAT ideas on packing exciting bento style lunches, as well as resources for bento supplies.
When I was working, I had a Laptop Lunch Bento System –the original model– and it was almost as fun to pack as it was to eat! My coworkers were constantly checking out my meals. I found great resources for menus on Flickr groups and on the Laptop Lunch Monthly Newsletter.
- Leighton currently has the Dr. Sears “Nibble Tray” which is pint sized for smaller kiddos.
- Morgan has the Pottery Barn Kids lunch box with Bento insert.
- We have Laptop Lunch Bento Systems ordered and hope to receive them soon!
Bento Boxes provide options for waste free lunches that are attractively packaged. They are sure to please your picky eaters! The colorful containers and visual appeal help motivate kiddos to try new things. Even as a mom, when I pack one of these babies I am more likely to eat healthfully and avoid the drive through on play dates and outings.
Please visit us tomorrow for pictures from our first day!