I love making lunches to take on field trips with my kids. Honestly, we have gotten out of the fast food run over the last year thanks to my fabulous daughter who is on a kick to eat healthier. We used to use traditional lunchboxes, but lately, I have fallen head over heels in love with the Bento Box. Have you seen or heard about them?
A bento laptop lunchbox consists of containers that you can fill with healthy foods for your child to eat for lunch. Each container comes with a lid and then the box itself closes securely to keep the food inside safe until your child eats it.
The word “bento” is derived from the Chinese word “bedong” which means convenient. In essence, you are creating a healthy, convenient, home packed meal for your child to enjoy at school.
What are some delicious types of foods I can include in my Bento Box?
In my box above, I included:
- Slices of natural Honey ham
- tortilla slices
- California Ripe Olives
- Homemade low-fat ranch dressing
Other items you might include in your Bento box could be: homemade potato chips, cheese cubes, roasted almonds, whole strawberries with dark chocolate for dipping, and more!
What Kind of Bento Box would you create?
As the back-to-school season nears, creating healthy lunches that kids can enjoy is something all parents can understand. Luckily, the growing bento box trend has made packing a lunch cool again and reignited a passion to use fresh, healthy ingredients in new and creative ways!
Win a Bento Starter Kit from California Ripe Olive
Since black olives are a healthy and kid-friendly item – and a perfect ingredient in bento boxes – the folks at California Ripe Olives want to send one of our 5 Minute for Mom readers their very own bento starter kit as inspiration to incorporate olives into your child’s lunch! The kit includes:
- Two cans of California Ripe Olives
- Can opener
- Pizza slicer
- Cutting board
- $25 VISA gift card to purchase additional ingredients
- Laptop Lunches™ bento box kit
- Vegetable/Fruit cutters
This is just one of our giveaways running every day in August for our Back To School Giveaway 2012. Please see the main Back To School Giveaway 2012 page for a full list of daily giveaways.
I was sent a Bento Lunch Kit as described above in order to write my review. All opinions listed are my own.