Monday, January 14, 2013

Bento Baby!

 Over the weekend my heater went out on me, and now my house is freezing. So although I have still been cooking(some of the time..) I haven't had the motivation to take pictures and make a post.  
 But, I want to keep this little blog going so today I reminded myself to snap a couple pics of the bento box I made for my older son. 

Here is the thing- I'm super into bento style lunches for E-man. I like making them, he likes eating them, they are less wasteful, and I feel good about what he's eating. 

  I pack a bento for him about 4-5 times a week. Most of the time, it is really simple, healthy foods that he loves put together into a nice little package and arranged to be appealing to him.
    And then sometimes.....
 I embrace my inner-food-nerd and go crazy with his lunch.

Like this morning's lunch which has a circus theme. Because, although I find clowns super creepy- E man thinks the circus is where it's at. 

Here is what I came up with:

Look, It's a clown!

For the silly clown sandwich I made used a big mug to cut a circle out of whole grain white bread. I filled it with all natural peanut butter and a little bit of honey. Then I used a little peanut butter like glue to stick on candy eyes (you can get these at Target or Walmart) a pretzel M&M for the nose, and a fruit and veggie strip for the mouth. His hair is made of grapes on toothpicks- I cut the pointy edges off, mainly because he's a boy and I wouldn't put it past him to try and poke someone/something with the stick. Same thing with all the little balloon and star picks that I put in for a finishing touch. 

  For a sneaky side that looks like candy, but isn't I made tiny sandwiches out of vanilla wafers and banana slices and then rolled them in a little bit of sprinkles. 
 The little thing that looks like a pie is a raspberry tartlet from Buddy Fruits, a really good kid snack brand that makes all natural food with real fruit and no preservatives. 

  He also has an organic Apple Mango GoGo apple sauce on the side and a bottle of water.

Any one who has school age kids, and hasn't tried bento yet should look into it.
 There are a ton of awesome bento blogs out there, and so many awesome easy ideas for fun and healthy meals.

  And guess what- the kids actually like to eat them! 

My lunch boxes are from in case any one is wondering.

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