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Welcome to the Bento Box

June 24, 2009
Photo courtesy of Lunch in a Box

Photo courtesy of Lunch in a Box

Some of my fellow mom friends have sparked my curiosity in a style of kid’s lunchbox cuisine I had never seen before- bento boxes. For those who don’t know, a bento box is a tightly packed lunch box containing eye-appealing, healthy foods. Although it is a Japanese concept, the food does not have to be Japanese (but it certainly can be!)

These box lunches are the perfect way to get your child interested in different types of foods. From the photos I have seen online, the more colorful the addition to your bento box, the better. The general rule of thumb is to stick to nutritious foods and leave out the junk. You place the food compactly together with filler items, such as grapes or cherries, to keep the food from spilling and to aid in transport. You want to keep complimenting foods next to each other while refraining from letting foods touch that might not mix well. You can use edible separators like fresh veggies to keep foods in their own little spaces.

Photo courtesy of Lunch in a Box

Photo courtesy of Lunch in a Box

This awesome blog called Lunch in a Box tells you everything you need to know and will answer questions you might have about this fun lunchbox trend. I suggest starting with the FAQ section.

If you are ready to get packing, you can purchase your very own bento box by checking out these online retailers.

Don’t forget you can find many delicious things to fill your bento box on the Fresh from Florida Kids website. Don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun!

Photo courtesy of Lunch in a Box

Photo courtesy of Lunch in a Box

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. soon-to-be rachel kruse permalink
    June 24, 2009 2:33 pm

    omg that’s the cutest thing i’ve ever seen!! good job, nicole.

  2. June 24, 2009 2:48 pm

    Great idea…even for adult lunches. Very eye appealing when you open the bento box too. Could be great for dieters since it limits the quantity of food you can pack. This is a real test of your spatial relationship skills and organizational talents when deciding how to pack those goodies in that tiny box. Let us know how it works for you.

  3. June 24, 2009 3:22 pm

    That is great! I grew up on Bento Boxes! Love ’em.

  4. Carol Duval permalink
    June 24, 2009 3:32 pm

    lunch is pretty!

  5. June 25, 2009 10:11 am

    These are so cute! What a great idea for my toddler’s lunches – thanks for including the websites where I can buy them too.

  6. Ara permalink
    March 20, 2011 9:21 am

    Your lunch pack is beautiful. I am also trying to make one for myself because it will be too costly if I eat in fast food daily. My budget for the month will be in danger if that happens. I believe that preparing a lunch pack will save my budget. Also, I can able eat what I want too. The idea of mix veggies and sandwich are great! I would love to try that. Thank you for sharing your bento. Oh by the way, you might like to try to use the stainless steel tiffin container as an alternative to your pack lunch container. It’s more safer and durable than any other plastic ware type container. 😉 The design is also stylish.

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