It is said in Japan that when you eat from a bento lunch prepared by a loved one, the preparers feelings for you are transmitted through the food. Lovely!
As the school year gets underway, nutritious and non-nutritious school lunches continues to be important to families. It’s also been on my mind since I wrote, Pack School Lunches With DIY Eco-Love too. Possibly, the biggest boost in awareness came from Jamie Oliverís Food Revolution series last year. If you havenít seen his TED talk that started the whole Food Revolution, I highly recommend viewing it below.
Although there are some fine DIY alternatives to packing a school lunch, not everyone wants to make their own packaging. Why not consider a Bento Box?
Why Bento Boxes?
Besides the loviní mom and dad “feelings transmitted through the food,” Bento boxes make sense because kids tend to be picky eaters. Bento containers are divided into small compartments. Itís kind of like a jewelry box for food! A traditional bento is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal, usually in a box-shape. I like the Zojirushi Bento Boxes (video below) because they add a new twist on packing school lunches. The stacked insulated thermos keeps hot things hot and cold things cold. The set also comes with a forked spoon, reusable chopsticks and a carrying tote.
The typical school lunch is packed in a plastic container – easy to wash, easy to dispose and replace when it breaks down. Unfortunately, many plastics also contain BPA. The alternatives are glass or stainless. Glass is obviously not a safe choice for kids, making stainless the star.
Show your kids you love them with a healthy Bento Box. For some lunch choices check out these Bento Box ideas from Everyday Mom.
Zojirushi Bento Boxes
Also, if you havenít seen Jamie Oliverís inspiring TED Talk, Teach Every Child About Food, see here why it started a ďfood revolutionĒ: