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Bento Lunch Ideas for Little Foodies
Sometimes, I spend too much time on Pinterest when I could be doing something a little more productive. The upside of it though, is that I get to see lots of trends – from fashion and food to parties and home decor, there is always something that fascinates me. One thing I kept seeing over and over were these cute little lunches called bentos. I had never heard of a bento before, but picture after picture, they had me intrigued. Each time I saw a photo, they were these cute, bright, and organized little lunches. They made me want to get creative in my kitchen! After doing a bit of research and talking to a few bento experts, I now feel like I know what a bento is and how to make one. Click through to learn ALL about Bento Boxes to make for your little ones…
What is a Bento lunch?
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A Bento is...
…basically a packed lunch. It comes from Japanese culture. Bentos are neatly organized, visually appealing, and nutritious. (AKA – exactly the kind of lunch both you AND your toddler will love!)
Nearly every bento lunch I see is packed with bright colors – both in the food and the containers. A bright lunch makes a little one excited to eat!
Bento lunches often come with fun surprises – little “decorations,” sandwiches or snacks cut into fun shapes, etc. How cool is this Star Wars Bento?!
Bentos are nicely balanced, with anywhere from 3 to 7 different kinds of foods. From fruits and veggies to proteins and grains, your little one will experience a well-balanced meal.
One awesome benefit of bento lunches is that they are eco-friendly. Bento lunches are packed in reusable containers, so there is no waste!
Bento boxes are specialty boxes sold for the sole purpose of making bento lunches. But, you can easily create your own using plastic food containers, cups, silicone cupcake wrappers, and more…
Shapes & Sizes
One of the coolest things about bentos are the fun shapes and sizes of the foods. Help your little one learn about different shapes by adding a fun design to their favorite food. (Use a cookie cutter to make flower-shaped sandwiches!)
Making bentos is the perfect activity for the creative person! From stacking and sorting to designing a sandwich, your extra special touch will be noticed!
Many bento lunches celebrate a certain theme – from seasons and holidays to animals and objects, it can be a fun way to eat lunch and learn at the same time!
Bentos provide optimum encouragement for picky eaters. With small portions, lots of variety, and a super–fun presentation, picky eaters just might overcome their fear of certain foods!
Because of the organization and variety of bento lunches, little ones are less-likely to over indulge in certain foods.
Making your own lunch saves so much money. Instead of eating out or buying pre-packaged foods, bentos can make your wallet a little thicker.
Can you imagine eating a lunch that looked like this everyday? Add some excitement to your little one’s normal routine with these crazy-fun lunches!
Bentos are a great way to reuse leftovers, too! Use the noodles from last night’s dinner to create a new lunch for your toddler…
Making bento lunches can be a bit time consuming, depending on how much detail you put into certain things. One way to save time is to make a few lunches all at once. On Sunday night, make 5 bentos for the week, etc.
Show the Love
So many people who make bentos for their kids say that they love to do it because it’s another way to show their kids how much they love them. A special snack or a fun surprise can be just the extra touch a little one needs…