Saturday, August 14, 2010

Packing Lunches in Bento Boxes....So much better than lunchables ♥

School is almost back in session (for thos who send their kids that is). You cannot depend on the school to serve your child a healthy lunch.  Chicken nuggets and sodium rich salsibury steak are not what I would consider a healthy meal.  Schools are changing their ways, but not many, and not fast enough.  Besides, that stuff tastes awful! 

Bento Boxes are all the rage right now.  Cute lunches, and not only for kids.  You can prepare all types of things to take along in these boxes. Put some healthy finger foods in these for the kids, and they won't ask for lunchables again! 

If you seach online, they have so many cute bento boxes, and even have non-plastic ones, made from stainless steel, wood, bamboo,  etc.

You can make things like chicken wrapped in lettuce or use cookie cutters to cut up sandwiches.  Take along some cut up veggies, rice, pasta salads, the sky is the limit.  What do you crave at work?

Don't forget to add a little candy bar to your box.  You know you want one and it you just put a snack size bar in there, you won't be so tempted to hit the snack machine.

Depriving yourself of the things you love never helps, so don't make your meal too healthy and boring.  Variety....some sweet, salty, sour, hot.  You never know what you are going to be in the mood for.   You know what happens, you come in to work, its someone's birthday and you ditch your lunch box meal for whatever junk they are serving. Everything in moderation and bento boxes make packing your lunch in moderation simple!

Be creative.  Go to the library and order up some bento box "cookbooks".  Using cookie cutters and colored fancy skewers (not for small children) can make it more fun too.  Use cupcake wrappers to separate foods in larger compartments. Also great for holding your already peeled hard boiled egg.

Pack a smaller tier for your first 15 min break.  It's better to eat many small meals throughout the day, than all at once...Breakfast like a queen, lunch like a princess and dinner like a pauper!  So eat  more throughout your morning, less throughout lunch and at dinner, small small portions.

Love Sushi? But worried about taking fish to work? Make some veggie sushi, take the tamari sauce and some wasabi paste along and enjoy, or go for the fish, freeze your sushi and let it thaw until lunch. Don't forget the pickled ginger..helps deter that fishy breath too.

I just pre-ordered my book The Just Bento Cookbook: Everyday Lunches To Go.  I take food along to work often, so I can't wait to receive it.


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