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bento box lunches

hi friends! i hope you have had a wonderful week. i have been traveling over the past week {we went up to the philadelphia area and had a great time - excited to share more photos soon- you may have seen a few on my insta feed} but in the midst of spending time with loved ones/visiting the area, i took a small blog break. although i missed you all dearly, it felt good at the same time. hoping to be back for good now! yay! also, a friendly reminder that this friday, june 26, is another stop on our #simplygreycoffeetour. feel free to join ember grey and i as we explore another cafe! 
one of my goals for the summer is to research and discover more healthy living tips. today, i am looking into lunch ideas that are both fun, creative, and healthy. i am hoping to integrate bento boxes into my life as soon as possible. i think the idea is perfect for maintaining a balance regarding each food group and incorporating healthy/convenient food into a meal. in japanese, 'bento' refers to a compact, nutritiously-balanced, visually appealing meal served in a box. 
here are some tips and ideas for you:
advice for starting: 
1. find a box you love {more on this soon- i am currently researching options!}
2. pick a food from each food group: fruit, veggie, grain, and protein
3. mentally split up the box for each food group
4. fill each section of your box (if you’re looking for inspiration for different foods to pack, check out Lunch Box Idea List)
i love the idea of an asian inspired box! yum… 
other ideas i plan to incorporate are: mini pitas, lots of hummus, salsa, shrimp, edamame, hard boiled eggs, dried fruit, granola… hoping to share my boxes/photos soon!
some benefits
healthy: if you follow the bento box concept truly, you will have a balanced and good portion of each food group in your box- hopefully full of naturally healthy food. it's also great for portion control because everything should fit in the box. 
save money: bringing food from home {or leftovers} is always more economical than spending money at a restaurant. 
eco- friendly: bento boxes are reusable! 

 there are so many incredible sites that provide ideas for kids - both healthy and fun!

i love this site for starting {it's full of ideas/info}: bento 101 tips 
 this european inspired bento box is perfect! 

the more colorful- the healthier {usually} which makes these an amazing option!
ps: this site provides great snack ideas to put into a bento box

have you tried or do you pack bento boxes regularly?
...any advice… 

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34 comments:

  1. My daughter started school last year and I bought her one of these boxes just on a whim and we loved it !!! Ibused it everyday and felt so good I could send fruit with her way in this :)

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    1. so excited to start and so glad you all loved it! :)

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  2. Bento boxes are so fun! These ideas look delicious :) MMM. My mom just bought a few bento lunch boxes and I can't wait to come up with fun combinations like these!

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    1. so fun! can't wait to see yours and thanks for the love

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  3. Wow! Can you be my mom!?! Haha just kidding, but these look absolutely stunning and delicious! Thank you for sharing!

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  4. I've used a bento box before (for myself) but I still haven't figured out the best way to pack it. I would love to though!

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  5. I love a good bento box! And I know I could definitely use some inspiration for packing one! I feel like this is the perfect way to lunch!

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    1. i agree! so excited to get started :)

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  6. Those are great, I really need to make more bento lunches.

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    1. thanks so much, angie! and wish me luck as i begin my bento journey :)

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  7. Super cute! I love bento box lunches because the variety is always so much fun and so pretty to look at!

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    1. thanks so much, cole! excited to get started

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  8. I think bento boxes are a great idea! Love that they help with portion sizes of each food group. Looking forward to hearing which type of box you find to use!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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    1. i totally agree! thanks so much, kelsey!

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  9. I’m on the lookout for some bento boxes and always appreciate recommendations for what to put in them! I have such a picky eater and he starts Kindergarten this August. I have a feeling he will not like the school lunches so I need to get creative! Definitely saving your post. Great tips! If you find a good place to order bento boxes please let me know!

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    1. i will let you know what i find :) thanks for the love

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  10. Pinning this!!
    Cynthia @ craftoflaughter.com

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  11. I've never tried Bento boxes before but they seem like a great way to put together a nice meal for lunch. Lunches are hard to plan for if you work outside of the home. These seems like they'd be much better than yet another sandwich.

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    1. thanks… so excited to being my bento journey!!

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  12. These are so pretty and I love how healthy they are! Such a great idea!

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  13. Nelle this is AWESOME. I sure wish I'd known about these when I was working in the corporate world! Now that I'm home it's easier to take time to make lunch, although I still think that sometimes these boxes would come in pretty handy!

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    1. so excited to begin my bento journey! i just love the idea behind it and thanks so much!

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  14. Totally going to look for one of these boxes now! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  15. I have really been wanting a Bento Lunch box but some are so expensive!

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    1. i will be searching for some reasonable options and will let you know what i find!

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  16. Great article, Thanks for your great information, the content is quiet interesting. I will be waiting for your next post.

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  17. Definitely going to try to incorporate this idea into my lunches for the next year. Thank you for sharing!

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