Bento Box

A lot of kids are picky eaters.

There are ways around this.

1. Sneak healthy food into childrens favorites. Check out Jessica Seinfeld’s book, Deceptively Delicious for amazing ideas.

2. Bribe them….okay, this is lazy old school method. “Eat 4 more carrots soaked in liver juice and you can have a Twinkie, honey.”

3. Try a BENTO BOX

I love bento boxes. This started out as a Japanese tradition for serving food. We have caught on and adapted it to our American lifestyle. A bento box is basically a lunch container with different compartments and/or containers. The use of compartmentalizing encourages packing healthier “real” food for our kids.

No need for those naughty plastic baggies and no room for the pre-packaged fatty snacks that I love. Nope, just all the healthy goodness. The array of colors of the fresh food is appealing to the human eye which can make food also appear more appetizing. This can help to trick encourage kids to eat more.

Here are some BENTO BOXES to try:

Goodbyn makes a great bento box that’s made in the USA, BPA free, and dishwasher safe. My favorite part is that is customizable. It comes with over 100 stickers for your child to decorate the exterior with swear words their name, cute pics, etc..

Easy Lunch Boxes are very affordable ($13.95 for a set of 4). Their website offers great food ideas and appetizing pictures. Packing our kids lunches really doesn’t have to be hard.

For Bronson, I use the bento box from Pottery Barn. It’s kind of thick but fits perfectly in the PB lunchbox. Not too pricey either ($14 plus free shipping). There is a self covering compartment for condiments or whatnots. My food display might not look as fancy as the other pics, but that’s the point….if I can do it, ANYONE can. Oh, and I include a cute note for him too that he tosses on the floor really warms his heart.

Bento boxes can be a fun, environmentally friendly, and an easy way to spruce up your child’s dining experience at school. Lunch sure has come a long way from the ham and cheese loaf sandwhiches I used to stuff into my rusted Strawberry Shortcake lunchbox.

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