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.
50 Snacks for Energy
Snacks for the whole family are important and deserve some planning. Moms need snacks too! Get my list of 50 healthy ideas to stock in your kitchen and plan them for yourself, and the lunch boxes this week. Skip the processed stuff and give yourself better quality food. Get ready for more energy, better sleep and a happier tummy.
About Emily Roach
Live your healthiest life, even when life gets busy. Discover how food can make you feel awesome. Boston ex-Pat in Toronto. Find free meal plan here every week.