Saturday, September 22, 2012

Easy and Healthy Way to Pack Lunch and Snacks..For Anyone!




Bento Boxes are a simple way to pack healthy and nutritious lunches and snacks for yourself and your child.I experimented with two of them today. One was purchased at Pottery Barn Kids (around $15) and the other was from the Container Store (around $15). The above boxes are the ones from Pottery Barn and they can easily fit inside a soft lunch box to be carried to school. The boxes have an attached cover that opens easily and inside the box there is one compartment that has it's own attached lid so you can stash something liquid (dressing, salsa, humus, etc).


This is a close up of the Pottery Barn box and how I filled it.  Pomegranate seeds, Malomars, Edamame, Deviled Egg (hummus and eggwhite) and a Turkey Sandwich with Spinach and Tomato on a small Whole Wheat Roll. It has options from all the food groups except low fat dairy, so add a container of skim milk and you are good to go. It is fun for the kids, too!

The box above (pink also) has a bottom and a top section. This bottom section is nice because it fits a sandwich (grilled chicken, salsa and shredded cheddar cheese on Joseph's flax seed pita bread) and an icepack (not pictured) perfectly. I also have a small container of hummus to use as dip for the veggies that are on the top part of this box.






Pictured on the left is the top section of the box that has attached lids (can't lose the lids) and I filled one section with snow peas and carrots (for dipping with the hummus that is in the compartment below) and a graham cracker with a teaspoon of chocolate icing, bananas and a raspberry for dessert.  See below.
On the left side of this box is another compartment that you can't see that holds a container for drinking water.




Adults and children can use these boxes for healthy and nutritious meals or snacks.   
What are you packing up for lunch?               

16 comments:

  1. I've been trying to eat healthy since school started 3 weeks ago. I attend class for more than 6 hours on some days and never know what to bring to eat. I often buy lunch at school and snack on food from the vending machines through-out the day. I think investing in of the Bento Boxes would help me out. It would be easier to pack a variety of healthy food and stop me from snacking on unhealthy food. Great idea! - Nadia A.

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  2. This is a great way to make meals or even snacks for school, especially for college students who have little time to eat when balancing out school and work. Joselin C

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  3. This is a good tool for us college kids and also those of us that are interested in bodybuilding. We can use these boxes to set up our 6 small meals and they're easy to carry around in a bag. Jorge Madan

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  4. Being a college student and working can keep you really busy all day, and sometimes its hard to actually have time to prepare a healthy meal. These bento boxes are a great way to help you eat healthy throughout the day. Yessenia M.

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  5. I recently started the Insanity program with Team Beachbody, which maps out options for 5 small meals that I need to eat every day in order to supply my body with the nutrients I need. Some days I am at school for up to ten hours, so I got into the habit of prepping my meals for the week every Sunday. However, carrying around so many small containers gets to be a hassle. With these bento boxes, it would make it so much more convenient to have that prepped meal, and all its components together and convenient to travel with. It definitely encourages healthier eating habits, and would make it easier to stick with my program.
    Rachel Baran.

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    1. Rachel it sounds like you are on the right path with your workouts and food planning. It is not easy to do either (especially the Insanity workouts)!

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  6. I'm going to try this because I want to see if i can use this to help on a diet bet im having with a friend. It looks like it'll make it easier for me to pack healthy lunches, since I'm not used to packing lunches.So I'm going to see if i can possibly find some.
    Kaylah M. Stephenson

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    1. Having a friendly weight loss competition it great motivation to lose weight and eat healthy. Let me know how it goes.

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  7. Justin Friel Nutition 101

    While I agree with you Prof. Tannenbaum that it is relatively simple to take 15 mins in the morning to prepare a quick breakfast and lunch most Americans are either unwilling or simply do not have the time. My father wakes up for work everyday like many other Americans and he does not have the time needed to prepare a healthy lunch so instead he buys lunch every day. Eating healthy can be near impossible for the average American. Many Americans due to their socioeconomic conditions not only lack the time to prepare healthy food but cant afford to eat healthy. To make things worse because Americans lack these resources, we now as a population have a tendency to move towards instant,cheap gratification. It's easier to go through a Taco Bell or Wendy's drive thru for cheap empty calories than to take the time needed to prepare a healthy breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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  8. Justin, yes, unfortunately that is the case for many people but you would be surprised at how much money you can save if you take a little time to plan out your meals for the week, make a grocery list and go to the store. There are many very inexpensive food items that can be used to prepare very simple healthy meals. While you may think you are saving time and money by going through the drive thru, in the end its costing you your health, not to mention the cost of your medical care once you have developed obesity related health issues and ultimately your precious time to live on this earth.
    It may seem impossible but it is not. So,inexpensive and easy meals will be coming up on my blog. To be continued. Thank you for your comment!

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  9. I really like these boxes with separate sections. I won't have to use so many separate baggies every day! I always bring my food with me for the day. If not I would be tempted to have fast food and to spend lots of money by the end of the week. I have a nice thermal bag that a friend gave me that also fits a textbook and folder or notebook for school. Your presentation looks fun and colorful, this means a lot when trying to stick to healthy foods! DP109

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  10. I saw these boxes for a few dollars at The Christmas Tree Shop on Central Ave in Hartsdale.

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  11. These boxes are great and I will definitely try the recepies out for my family. As a mother of 2 I am always trying to find healty tasty snacks for my family. With picky eaters it is a challenge to find things they will eat willingly. With these fun boxes hopefully it will entice them. And it cuts down on the waste of plastic baggies! Love to go green!!!
    Julie L. Nutrition 109

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    1. Julie, let me know if you come up with anything unique that your kids are enjoying for lunch!

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  12. Another great idea that my friends and I have tried is salad in a jar. This very simple and easy way to keep a salad and dressing all in one without getting it soggy. On the bottom of any jar (we have used mason jars) lies the dressing, next on top we layer on some beans, cucumbers, carrots-usually the hearty, heavier pieces, the next layer we have used some tomatoes, corn, peppers, peas, and finally on top lies the lettuce, spinach, or kale. When we are ready you are ready to eat the salad just dump it onto a plate and enjoy! -Mia Serrano

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