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    Default Bento box lunch suggestions

    Hi All,

    Just wondering if anyone does "bento" box lunches. I just bought a box for my lunches, and I'm looking for some ideas. I've looked on a few website, but wanting to hear from anyone on the forums that does it.

    Apparently it's a great way to control portions (and help lose weight depending on what you put in there!).

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    Bumping and @Elijahs Mum will no doubt have some ideas!

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    How does it help with portion control? Can't you just put less amounts than you usually pack in a normal lunch box?

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    Default Bento box lunch suggestions

    I "think" bento boxes can work better for some than 1 large box as you can separate your lunch and snack items , so veggies, fruit, carbs, protein and maybe treats/snacks are all divided, you obviously want to use the larger space for veggies and the smallest for treats plus it gives you the look of a large amount of food but it's not really so that may help plus it is easy to sometimes overfill 1 box if you have extra food

    Once you get your bento work out how many sections there are and make a list of foods you can add - DS has one for lunch , and his has 5 compartments so I do break them up
    Into - veggies, fruit, carbs, protein and snacks - some examples I do for his lunches are:

    Veggies:
    Carrot sticks
    Mini cucumbers
    Baby capsicum
    Snow peas
    Beans
    Peas

    Fruit:
    Watermelon
    Rockmelon
    Grapes
    Strawberries
    Kiwi
    Apricots

    Carbs/morning tea
    Rice cakes
    Crackers
    Bread sticks
    Boiled eggs
    Olives
    Mini muffins


    Protein:
    Salmon rice balls
    Mini chicken drumettes
    Frittata
    Falafels
    Wraps ( usually chicken salad)


    Good luck and let us know what you end up putting in your bento!
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    At the Baby expo in Brisbane today I saw Yumboxes. They looked awesome. Had sections for each type of food ie carb protein etc and they were all individually liquid spill proof/sealed

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    Quote Originally Posted by MickeyMouse84 View Post
    At the Baby expo in Brisbane today I saw Yumboxes. They looked awesome. Had sections for each type of food ie carb protein etc and they were all individually liquid spill proof/sealed
    We have a yumbox too but I found it too small for DS but it's great for afternoon snacks on the way home from school!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    We have a yumbox too but I found it too small for DS but it's great for afternoon snacks on the way home from school!
    My almost 3 year old (who is a smallish eater) uses a yumbox. I would not recommend them for bigger eaters or adults (note they are fabulous and I looooooove the yumbox for DS). I think the planetbox ones are better (bigger) for older kids/adults.

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    Where is the thread which had the lunch boxes recommendations please

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nafsika View Post
    Where is the thread which had the lunch boxes recommendations please
    I'll tag you in the other one

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