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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Bento Boxin' Fun

With 4 kids in school, we used a lot of sandwich bags.
I literally bought them in bulk at Sams Club.
4 kids, 3 to 4 baggies per day x 5 school days, it added up.
So late last year, I started using bento boxes.
They are Japanese lunch boxes with compartments.
My kids absolutely love it, and I think it gives them just the
right portions.

This is not a traditional bento, it is just a ziploc container
with nifty compartments. This is how we have been doing
their lunches this year. They have a healthy snack,
chips, and their sandwich.

Here are the 2 styles of Bento boxes we used last year.
I love the monchhichi below. Do you remember those
toys and the cute little commercial they had?


Again, it does not look like much, and these are not yet
filled up so it looks worse, but they have a sandwich,
some pretzels and dried fruit. And a fruit roll up or gummies
would be hidden in there as well.
My kids never complained that it was not enough.

I hope this gives you some ideas on how to make school
lunch fun and different while saving money on those darn sandwich bags.

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