Both Morgan and Rachael have always been good eaters at home, but Rachael struggled finishing her lunch at school. In truth, until this year she never did. Now, she eats everything I pack her. This is because bento lunches are all about presentation, smaller portions and variety. For example, instead of sending her a snack sized bag full of grapes as a side dish in her lunch, I will send 4 grapes on cute picks, a strawberry, and half of a kiwi cut into triangles with a little animal fork so she can eat her fruit. One of our favorite bento supplies is the small dip container. It is tiny and the perfect size for a squirt of ranch dressing to accompany veggies. I am not sure who has more fun with the bentos, me in packing them, or the girls in eating them. *Kate also LOVES eating fun lunches and snacks now. What toddler wouldn't want to eat cheese in the shape of a duck or strawberries with a little doggy fork?*
Inspiration for my lunches has come from Melissa and her blog another lunch. She has creative ideas that are just plain cute and simple to implement. Once you get the hang of it, it really does not take much time to throw together a fun lunch. Also, using bento supplies we don't use brown bags or plastic bags so we are producing less waste. Go us! Here are some of our favorite lunches from this school year, complete with names. Enjoy!
|You Quack Me Up|
|I Heart You|
|Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star|
|Some Bunny Loves You|