Bento 101 - The Basics!

August 10, 2016

Bento 101 - The Basics!

Welcome to Bento 101 everyone! I'm so glad you're here to learn about making delicious Bento lunches! This post will be a bit longer, but the goal is to cover the basics of creating delicious bento lunches.

It goes without saying that you don't have to follow all the rules, but it's recommended to follow one or two.

Now without further adieu, let's cover 3 basic rules that everyone should know!

4...3...2...1 - Portion Control

Traditionally, Bento follows the 4-3-2-1 rule of portion control. This translates to:


  • 4 Portions of Carbs
  • 3 Portions of Protein 
  • 2 Portions of Vegetables
  • 1 Portion of Dessert. 

Remember that this rule tends to apply to cooked lunches more than modern western lunches! Instead, many people adjust this rule to the 4:2:1:1 rule;


  • 4 portions of Carbs
  • 2 portions of Protein
  • 1 portion of Vegetables
  • 1 portion of Fruit

Bento Lunch Ideas

This is better suited to lunches for kids, and adds a level of consistency that get's them eating more! As you can see, I've opted for more of a 2:2:4 portion above which works well as my boys love fruit! 


Colour is King!

When creating your lunches, try to add bold colours to make the meal more appetizing and exciting for kids. 

Bento Lunch Example

As you can see from my example above, I've got all sorts of colours! I've even used silicone wrap bands to contrast with the carrots and sugar snap peas! 

I chose this example just to show you how simple it can be. At no point did I have to stress or worry about what to add, instead I used some accessories I already had to change things up and pack them nicely! 


Keep it Simple AND Healthy

The key thing is to keep it simple. Don't overload your lunches with too much going on! Use your space wisely and work with your lunch box portions. 

Healthy Lunch Ideas

In this lunch, I included a lot of fruit, whole grain sandwiches and home made popcorn! It's simple, it's healthy and it's delicious! 

That's one thing that I was really surprised with. Bento makes it so easy to eat healthily. My boys come back with empty lunchboxes nearly everyday and are always full of energy!

So Remember....

  1. Portion Control! 4..3..2..1 or there about.
  2. Use Colour! Make it bold and fun!
  3. Keep it Simple AND Healthy! Don't over complicate and use the change to get your family eating healthy!


Finally, the best advice of all: Just try! We win some and lose some, but if we keep on trying, we'll get there in the end!

Anyway, I hope I've helped make the jump just that little bit easier! Remember to keep checking back for new content every week!

See you next time,

Nic XX


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