Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Bento Baby!

In addition to sending Amelia off to kindergarten and Greta to preschool, I have embarked on a another new adventure this fall. Bento lunches! What are bento lunches? They are based on Japanese box lunches that are made with yummy things like fish, eggs, seaweed, and rice. They are lunch boxes that divide into little compartments. This blog is a great overview of Bento lunches and I'm getting lots of inspiration from her! The idea is to send your kids with something more nutritious and to cut down on waste. It's GREEN! I know what you are thinking~who kidnapped Jen and replaced her with a tree-hugger?! I'm all about cutting down on waste if it saves me money. Less ziplocs to buy more cash for. . .um. . .the Gap?So here's Amelia's for today~ham chunks and colby-jack chunks, whole grain crackers, grape tomatoes with ranch dressing, one lone baby carrot, 3 organic oreos (do not laugh), and a small bag of pretzels for snack time. They eat one snack outside so it has to be in a disposable container.

Caroline's was a bit funner! She has Granny Smith apple slices, sliced mozzarella cheese, & whole grain crackers. She made these into little sandwiches which are super good! She also has grape tomatoes and organic oreos.

14 comments:

Megan said...

Wow...that is a really neat idea! Cute lunch boxes:)

btw..what the heck is an organic oreo? lol

ReeRee said...

you've lost your mind..where the hell do you find organic oreos anyway :)

Jen said...

No high fructose corn syrup. I knew you'd all laugh at me! :-)

amanda said...

I'm not laughing...do they taste the same as regular oreos???
cool idea on the boxes...i might have to look into that!

candi said...

Hey I still read your blog!

Seriously, Organic Oreo's???

Leenie said...

Organic OREO's COME ON!! That's just not right. You just can't mess w/ an Oreo like that. Regular Oreo's HAVE to be turning over in their wrappers. Not to mention they have to be pretty expensive.

LONG LIVE THE Non-organic OREO!!!

:)

BOWL FOR MASON said...

I haven't eaten an oreo yet but I think I might the double stuffed ones instead of the organic.

MamaNeena said...

Where did you get the containers??? This is a great idea!

Michelle said...

Jen I bet the children just love them..Good thinking Mum!!! I bet McKenna would love that when she goes to school.She loves a variety of food at lunch or snack time..

Heaven Sent said...

I have heard of these Oreos and heard they are BETTER than the original, so you go girl! And this is more fun than a plain old sandwich any day! Mental noting this for future reference.

The Woman said...

I so need those. That is just too cool

Ann(ie) said...

I need me one of those!

i am not said...

We've got our laptop lunchbox and used it today. Nora was quite excited about it... I was in too much of a hurry to help her with her lunch this morning, so Dave improvised and packed it not as nicely or as healthy as I would have liked - it will be fun to experiment with this!

Do you live near a Trader Joe's? They have Jo Jo's that are better than oreos and do not have HFCS in them either. Down with the HFCS! (did you know that bread & buns have it in them???)

Jen said...

I don't have a TJs. I am hoping to stock up the next time I head out to OP.

The organic Oreos I bought are really good! No HFCS.