Check out the kids new school lunch boxes!
I now have Bento boxes to use for my kids’ school lunches this year.
I purchased the Yumbox Panino lunch boxes from Little Bento World available online and locally for pick up in Perth.
They had been using Tupperware Sandwich Keepers for a couple of years. But after going through more than a couple of replacement lids, I was ready to try something new.
If you are interested in finding out more about the different kids lunch boxes on the market, Kylie from Kidgredients has reviews on them all.
So, What Is A Bento Box?
Well, according to Wikipedia, a traditional Bento in Japanese Cuisine holds rice, fish or meat, with pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container.
In Japan they can be styled in the form of popular characters from animation, comic books or video games. They can also be decorated to look like people, animals, buildings and monuments, or items such as flowers and plants.
However the point is Bento lunches are to be an “aesthetically pleasing arrangements” or put simply, look amazing!
My School Lunches
Now the lunches I had been preparing for my kids for the last 5 years or more, may have been healthy, simple and quick to make but they were not very aesthetically pleasing!
Simple had become… boring!
So with new lunch boxes to use, I hoped to have a bit of fun with the creative process, and give the kids a greater variety of food to eat.
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The best thing is, Bento boxes make that really easy!
I also wanted to increase the amount of protein my kids were having in their lunches.
Again a Bento box lunch helps with that as well! Bonus, it is also a great way of including more fruit and vegetables.
What Is In A Bento Box?
A Bento lunch can easily be divided into portions.
Approx 50% bread, rice, pasta etc., 25% meat, eggs or vegetarian protein, and 25% fruit and vegetables.
It is a great way of remembering to include something from all the food groups in the kids lunches.
How To Make A Bento Box
1. Use a variety of colours to make the lunch look appealing
Red- tomato, carrot, apple, grapes. strawberries, capsicum, watermelon.
Yellow/Orange- corn, sweet potato (not sure I could get my kids to eat that at school), pineapple, pumpkin, capsicum, mandarin, banana.
Green- snow peas, snap peas, beans, lettuce, spinach, capiscum, cucumber, broccoli, kiwi fruit, melon, grapes, pear.
White- mushrooms, cauliflower.
Black and Brown- chocolate (loud suggestion from the kids), blueberries, seaweed.
2. Pack foods tightly
- Pre-shaped or bulky food first.
- Flexible shape food in the remaining spaces.
- Then the smallest food so nothing moves.
25 Bento Box Lunch Ideas For Kids
Want some super cute lunch box notes to print out and include in your kids’ lunch boxes?
8 different cards suitable for boys and girls. Show your kids how much you ❤ them. Make their day!