Packing a Bento Box

Packing a Bento Box

Perfectly portioned and packed meals are changing up the brown bag lunch game – and they’re not just for kids!

Bento is a single-portion, travel-friendly meal packed at home, common in the Japanese culture. Bentos can hold a lot of food groups inside a container to help ensure that food doesn't move around before mealtime. Traditionally, Bentos consist of rice, fish or meat and pickled or cooked vegetables held in a box-shaped container, but Bentology’s handy sets, kits and containers allow for versatility, creativity and a bit of fun when it comes to eating away from home.

Packing a bento box isn’t just fun, it’s also savvy, smart and healthy. Here’s why we love them:

  • Reduced waste – less brown and plastic bags, paper cups and plastic silverware.
  • Nutritional goals are met—containers allow you to pack the right foods in the right portions!
  • Less unhealthy choices—packing your own lunch means less trips to the vending machine.
  • Saved money—by eating what you pack, you’re saving moo-lah on take out and fast food.
  • Better portion control—make lasting lifestyle changes with smaller portioned meals.
  • Added ease and convenience — Throw together the night before you’re out the door.
  • Fewer picky eaters—Bento boxes offer the same food prepared in different ways.

Now that you’re aboard the Bento train, all you need are some ideas to get started. Below you’ll find some of Bentology’s tried-and-true (healthy, but satisfying) favorites.

For Work:

Roasted Chicken, Potato Salad & Trail Mix

Perfectly-Portioned Chai Tea Smoothie

Gazpacho

Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Salad

Kids’ School Lunches:

Ham & Cheese Crepes, Cacao Clusters & Fresh Fruit

Cheese Quesadilla with Kiwi, Peanut Butter and Apples

Roasted Chicken, Apples, Edamame, Cucumber and Pretzels

Deli Sandwich, Trail Mix, Veggies and Chocolate

Road Trips and Travel:

Gluten-Free Salad, Grapes, Nuts & Carrots

Wraps and Sandwiches

Must-Have Road-Trip Snacks

Whether you’re packing for the kids’ summer camp, a daytrip or munchies for the office, you can rest assured that there’s a meal solution for every need. It’s much more fun, green and handy having clear, reusable containers (that can be arranged in more than 12 ways!) than a boring paper bagged lunch.

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