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!
Traditionally, Bento follows the 4-3-2-1 rule of portion control. This translates to:
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;
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!
When creating your lunches, try to add bold colours to make the meal more appetizing and exciting for kids.
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!
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.
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!
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,