Although my daughter is in daycare full time year round, I still get the back-to-school bug. I think with September around the corner, it’s hard not to think of a fresh start when it comes to routines. One routine I want to shake up is our box lunch routine. My two goals for this fall season: 1. Pack more the night before to help get out the door faster and 2. Offer more variety. I also want to start packing more lunches for myself and husband, as it’s typically healthier and more affordable than buying it.
I was excited by this picture to learn more about Bento boxes, which refers to a Japanese packed meal. There are dividers for keeping food separate, and also artfully arranged.
I read am amazing post at Alpha Mom’s blog (written by guest poster Wendolonia) and it inspired me to rethink how I currently pack lunches. If I can manage to pack our lunches the night before, I could actually put something like this together. My daughter is 19 months and very happy with lots of choices for lunch. A bento box is a great option for small fingers, especially the adorable floral cutouts of bread and cheese! (I would save the leftover bread and use for breadcrumbs) I found these similar flower cookie cutters at Amazon: Kaiser Bakeware Flower Cookie Cutter, Set of 6. This post also made me rethink cold cuts, as the presentation is much more appetizing than a traditional sandwich. Since presentation is half the fun with a bento box, the silicon baking cups below are a great idea for housing small fruits or veggies.
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Emily Roach is a culinary nutrition expert and works with clients to create a healthy lifestyle design. She loves teaching her kids how to cook, playing tennis and inspiring women to take control of their health. Emily does one-on-one consulting, cooking workshops and speaking engagements.