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When we are not able to eat lunch at home, our best option is to pack a lunch. Sure, you can stop through a drive through because it seems so convenient. You can also decide lunch will not have to be the healthiest meal of the day as its easier to pack pre-bagged chips and frozen entrees for a preservative-rich meal. However, if you are packing a lunch to get through a work day or day of classes, this can be a very important meal. What you consume is working for you the second half of your day. Whether you are an adult or child packing lunch or a meal, what you pack in it is going to determine the health and even mood of the rest of you day. You wouldn’t send your child to thrive on fatty potato chips and candy bars and if you were to consume those, you don’t feel decent at all the rest of the day. Packing a bento-style meal is like taking the healthy in your fridge and bringing it with you (or sending it with the kids).
Choosing a Bento Lunchbox
When shopping for a Bento luncbox, there are many styles and materials you can choose from. Some things you will want in your kit is containers, enough sections for your needs, cool packs, a carrying case that keeps the finished, dirty items contained, dishwasher safe and includes utensils/accessories. With bento lunches, you can pack the dips and spreads to accompany your foods. Maybe you are not a big veggie fan, but with a bento meal you can pack a canister of low-fat, organic dressing to get the good stuff down with better taste. Because your food is contained in the actual compartments, the dishwashing needs to be thorough and if you can put your box in the dishwasher, that is the best sanitized cleaning you can give it before packing food in again. Having the extra utensils such as spoons and forks guarantees you have all you need in front of you to eat your healthier lunch.
PlanetBox offers all of this and more in their bento PlanetBox sets. You can choose from 3 styles:
- Launch: the largest serving-size option. Holds up to 6.5 cups of food and can hold a 3-coarse meal.
- Rover: holds smaller portions and up to 4.5 cups of food. Works great for adults and children.
- Shuttle: great for small meals and snacks-on-the-go. A trip to the zoo or extra snacks make great uses for this set
Each box has styles and colors to choose from. They each have 1-2 dipper containers and include fun magnets to personalize and add character to the stainless steel box. They are stainless steel construction, dishwasher safe and great for portion control and packing the healthier foods easily. With this style, foods don’t mingle and opens easily for even the youngest children. The color cases are fun and vibrant choices and the magnets for the kids make lunchtime more fun. Here is what is in my Rover PlanetBox below.
Here are some fun accessories for the kids. My Rover PlanetBox has the robots magnets. You can choose your own magnet set options when you order your PlanetBox. They have 25 choices for boys and girls. My carrying case is black and grey and they have many other color choices as well.
Best Bento Lunch Choices
Need a shopping list to get you started? Try stocking up on popular ingredients then have fun creating healthy meals.
- Sliced Apples
- Low-fat, organic dipping sauces
- Cashew or Sunflower Butter for dipping (healthier than Peanut Butter)
- Sushi rolls
- Chicken breast (your lowest calorie and fat protein option)
- Tortillas for wraps
- Orange Slices
- Cheese cubes
- Lettuce and pine nuts for salad
- Low-cal, organic salad dressing
- Cookie Cutters for cutting sandwiches into fun shapes
- Organic raisins/dried fruits
- Eggs (hard-boiled)
- Dark Chocolate Chips for the sweet tooth
Those are just a few options of hundreds! Get your PlanetBox today and leave the house with a healthier mid-day meal for you and your family!
Want more tips on packing a bento lunch? Watch this video below from PlanetBox on how to pack a bento lunch.
https://www.pinterest.com/planetbox/ (more great meal ideas)
Do you pack lunches for you or your child?
Disclosure: Parenting Healthier was provided a sample. All opinions are 100% my own