Let’s face it, making lunch for two boys five days a week can be pure drudgery, for us and for them. The risk is feeding our kids the same uninspired foods, day after day after day, thus creating uninspired eaters.
So in our house, we’ve adopted a “bento mentality.” We went to a Japanese hardware store and bought reusable bento lunch boxes with snap-on lids. They’re great for portion control, waste reduction and safe eating adventures.
The little compartments inside the bento box provide defined squares to pack different foods. There’s only room for a small amount of each item, which gives the kids what they want while not allowing one item to dominate their lunch. The boys are willing to try new and unfamiliar things as well, because they know there are only a few bites of each. Their favorites are turkey, cheese, edamame, carrot sticks, lots of fruit, half a sandwich and other crispy, crunchy things.
Our school has a commitment to teaching sustainability with an all-green, “no waste” lunch policy. This means no paper or plastic baggies … only reusable containers, thermoses and cloth napkins are allowed. Since they don’t throw the box away, we get to monitor the leftovers and switch things around if they’re not eating one thing or another.
Hey, we live in LA, so the boys learn something about the environment while eating interesting lunches with a healthy balance of colors, textures and flavors.
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