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11/14/17blog post

the newest craze in packing your lunch

Have you gone bento?

Bento boxes are a new and fun rage out there for packing lunches. Have you seen them?

Bento is the Japanese art form of packed lunches.  The Japanese form includes a foods rich in protein with rice (think Japanese Sushi), low calorie vegetables (think carrots and cucumber) and fruit. Bento box meals are often forms of decorative art!

Bento has gone americanized! Check out on Amazon the various bento boxes which are often BPA free and offers compartments to help with meal preparation. The boxes are the new lunch box style – plastic, wood, or stainless steel.

5 benefits to using a bento box: 

  1. Allow your child to choose their bento box. Ensure your child can open it.
  2. Engage your child in meal preparation by filling your bento box with healthy and a variety of foods.
  3. Use leftovers in your bento. Fill the spaces with a variety of colorful foods.
  4. Use bento preparation time to educate on healthy fare!
  5. Pair your bento with water and/or low fat milk.

Choose 1-2 from each list to make a fun bento box with your child:

Protein

Whole Grains

Fruit

Veggies

Hard boiled egg

Peanut butter

Nuts

Ham

Turkey

Taco meat

Hummus

Beans

Low fat shredded cheese

Brown rice

Triscuits

Wheat thins

Popcorn

100% whole wheat bread, pita, tortilla sanwich round

Grapes

Raisins

Berries

Bananas

Pineapple

Watermelon

Kiwi

Pears

Oranges

Shredded carrot/sliced celery

Cucumber slices

Pickles

Olives

Avocado

Fresh spinach or dark greens

Cabbage

Asparagus

 

watch our Facebook LIVE interview with Becky on bento boxes

Becky Gonter-Dray

pediatric dietitian
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