Friday, August 19, 2011

My Bento Box Rocks - Bento Box Lunch Ideas

A new school year is starting for whippersnappers and it always makes me nostalgic. Who doesn't remember their first day of school? I remember hardly sleeping the night before in anticipation. I'd stare at all my newly sharpened pencils and new notebooks, I'd have my new outfit all laid out and I always had a new super cool lunch box to start the year.

Center Moriches Elementary School, Long Island New York

I think that's why I love my bento box so much... makes me feel like a kid again but without the math homework or ummm detention ;)

Here's some of my favorite bentos hope it gives you a few new ideas...



FAQ's Frequently Asked Questions about the Bento's:

Q: Do you eat it all?, Can I eat _____? A: Do you eat it all? Sometimes. Sometimes it's a meal & a snack if I'm going to be out for awhile. Sometimes it's shared. I usually bring extra protein muffins to give to someone when they say "what's that?" Also I stop when I feel almost full (when I recognize my soft cue: that post gastric bypass little message your body tells you when you have had enough - for some it's a sneeze, a runny nose, hiccup, sigh, yawn. If you recognize yours quickly you can avoid overeating and potentially losing what you just ate by not taking "just one more bite.") so I often bring a little home. Portion size should be determined by your medical posse. A: Can I eat _____? My blog is filled with oodles of weight loss surgery friendly food ideas and recipes that are OK on MY PLAN. I am honored my recipes and ideas are used by bariatric programs, nutritionists and dietitians all over the country (and a few overseas too), my blog is often referred by bariatric programs as a great post-op resource but my standard disclaimer is: "when in doubt, print it out" and ask your Dr before you try something you are unsure of.

Q: Where did you get your bento? A: Here's an online source:




(FYI: the blog scores a few cents for those purchased through the link/helps pay the domain bill.) I have several different boxes and inserts of different sizes too. They have bags. Fun stuff. Check them out.

Q: Do they leak, can you microwave them, how do you keep things cold? A: I've never had it happen but I don't put anything toooo saucy or soup in them. I have a thermos I use for soup. So far so good though. I have microwaved in them. I try not to because you know how things get distorted after you nuke them too much I don't want to risk it. I use these or these to keep things cold or place the whole box in the fridge.

Q: What are the benefits to putting food in a bento box? A: For me, it's a way to visually see my meal is balanced (high protein, low carb.) It's great for portion-control (just don't fill the box full of chocolate LOL.)

Bentos BentoBox Laptop Lunchbox Low Carb Weight Loss Surgery Friendly No Sugar Added Sugar Free

Q: Do you have a link to all the bentos you have made? A: Well not all yet but close... Here's my Pinterest Bento Page. Also if you click on the pictures in the slideshow above most of them are labeled with post links. Also a work in progress.

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16 comments:

Lana said...

Well I not only ordered my very own VERY FIRST Bento, I also ordered fun ones for my kids! A Panda and a Frog! HA HA too cute! They are so excited to start that first day of school now too!

Amy said...

I saw Bento Boxes at Whole Foods! :)

Shrinking Justine said...

I have to say, reading your blog late at night while my stomach is empty, is NOT helpful. :) but i love it!

Lisa_Gibson said...

I still need to get my own Bento. Thanks for the info. Cute pic too. :)

Shanda said...

Hey Shelly,

I wanted to find out if you make a batch of everything you put in your bento's and then freeze it and rotate it? You seem to have so much variety so often. I really need to do this for myself as I have not been good about lunch and I think visually seeing it would be good but I am also afraid to have anything go to waste (which I know it is going to happen regardless). Any insight you have would be helpful.

Thanks,
Shanda

Shanda said...

P.S. Thank you! :-)

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hey Shanda, I do freeze stuff often... casseroles, soups, bites, etc. makes life easier the following week. Meal planning helps because I can figure out the best use for a leftover ahead of time... leftover casserole may become bites (crustless quiches) or a tortilla pizza or a soup. So some things gets repurposed versus frozen.

Anonymous said...

Hi. Thanks for such a great blog. You inspired me to buy bentos for me and my toddlers. Its great to stop using a million ziplocks for their lunches. I used to pack their lunch and then I would resort to fast food during the day. Bentos have helped me pack a variety of healthy tastes for lunch and snacks at work. I bought the laptop lunchbox thru your site, and just bought 3 Planet Boxes. I'm a bento fanatic now.

amanda said...

Hey Shelly, not sure if the blog still gets $ for the link, but your above Bento link goes to a page that is no longer available.

Anonymous said...

I love your Bento photos. I love the portion sizes. So many people think 1500-2000 calories is much more than it actually is. Bentos are an excellent way to aid smart portion sizes and help maintain my 70 lb weight loss. I love quail eggs in Bentos. Your salads and other recipes are so inspiring. You should find quail eggs at a local farmers market or market grocery. Boiled quail eggs are great in salads and are so fun in Bentos.

Jackie Talamantes said...

I bought a laptop bento box. I love it. My co-workers are always excited to see what I have for lunch. I am pre op and thanks to your site I am losing some weight. Thanks for all of your wonderful information!

Tonya Goodman said...

I can't access the bento meals link any more. Can you please help? I loved those ideas. Life just isn't the same without them.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hey Tonya, Thank you!... I think it might have been a temp glitch... www.pinterest.com/eggface for the bento lunch box recipes link and more :)

stick bug7 said...

Thank you so much I think this will help when I have to pack lunches for work. All I kept thinking was how will I carry all of those tiny containers. This will be perfect.

Anonymous said...

What are the sizes od the containers, how many ounces each?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

You can buy different size containers... the ones that come with the kit are 2 - 1 cup, 2 - 1/2 cup and 1 tiny sauce or condiment box.