Making Lunch Fun, One Box at a Time

ben·tol·o·gy (ben t äləjē) Noun : The study of making nutritious and fun lunches for my daughters.

I get a lot of inspiration from other blogs. So, in hopes someone might get some inspiration from me, I've decided to post some pictures here.

This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.Proverbs 3:7-9

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Back to School Bus

The inspiration train continues...Today's lunch was inspired by Rina from Bento School Lunches, who was inspired by Jill from Kitchenfunwithmy3sons.

Even though we're finishing up our third week of school already (time flies when you're having fun?!) there are still kiddos just starting back.  So, today's lunch was a back-to-school bus theme.  The first thing both my daughters noticed was that all the passengers were girls!  That really wasn't intentional...I was just going with the picks that I had ;-)

  • School bus shaped sandwich decorated with cheddar cheese, cucumber peel, black olives and people picks
  • Sugar snap peas and carrots with ranch
  • Blueberries and strawberry slices with a school themed cupcake pick
  • Hershey kisses
I always include a Lunchbox Love Note in with the girls' lunches.  As I've mentioned before, they LOVE them and love sharing the trivia fact that's on the back of each card with their friends at the lunch table.   I don't always remember to include the note in the picture when I photograph the lunch but this one was too perfect, I just had to make sure I included it!
Here are some of the items I used when creating this lunch:

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Angry Birds Bento

Isn't inspiration a beautiful thing?  Today's lunch was inspired by a lunch created by Glory at Glory's Mischief.  Her version of this lunch was inspired by a lunch she saw at Hawai`i’s Bento Box.  So, this lunch is COMPLETELY unoriginal, on my part, and not as well done as the others.  But, I didn't show the others to my daughters so they thought my version was great!

  • Angry Bird Pig sandwich.   The pig is a little smaller than I would have liked but I made him using a small bear cutter I already had.  I used a tiny oval cutter and the crust of bread for the nose and provolone cheese and a straw to cut out the eyes.   I was just going to leave him the color of the bread but my youngest insisted he should be green so we colored him using food safe markers.
  • Purple cauliflower and cucumber slices with ranch and an Angry Birds cupcake ring
  • Raspberries and an Angry Birds cupcake ring
  • Pretzel rods
Here are some of the products I used when creating this lunch:

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Whooo's going to have a great year?....You are!!

My daughter and I are slightly obsessed with owls.  Today's lunch is quite similar to one I have done before (and one that inspired my original), but as I was looking through old pictures, I was inspired again ;-)

  • 2 owl-shaped sandwiches (stacked), decorated with carrots, food safe markers and provolone cheese.   I used circle shaped cookie cutters to cut out the owls and eyes.
  • Cherries (pre-pitted)
  • Carrots and cucumber slices with ranch
  • Vanilla yogurt with sprinkles
Here are some of the items I used when creating this lunch:

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Summer Salad at School

My daughters have requested that I pack a salad for them at least once a week this school year.   So, today was their first of the year!  I went with a heart theme to remind them that I love them.

  • Salad made with romaine lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, carrots, celery, broccoli, cherry tomatoes and a hard boiled egg, for added protein.   I used an egg mold to shape the egg into a heart and decorated it with heart picks.   The salad dressing is in a Mini Dipper container.
  • Vanilla yogurt with a strawberry heart, stored in a Mini Dipper container
  • Fresh pineapple and blueberries and a heart pick
  • 2 Dove chocolates
I enclosed a Lunchbox Love Note to give them a sweet message and some trivia to enjoy while they eat.   Guess what!... Say Please Inc, the makers of Lunchbox Love Notes has offered me the opportunity to do a giveaway for Lunchbox Love Notes so stay tuned!!
Here are some of the items, or similar items, I used when creating this lunch:
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

First Day of School

It's the first day of school already!  I'm not going to lie, I'm fighting back tears.   I was NOT ready for summer to be over so soon.  Plus, with a 3rd and 5th grader this year, my babies are growing up.  *sniff sniff*

On to happier things...Here is the lunch I put together for the first day:

  • Sandwich decorated with cheese and a leaf pick
  • Broccoli and ranch and a school themed cupcake pick
  • Red grapes
  • Smarties
I got the idea for the Smarties from Pinterest

Here are some of the items I used when creating this lunch:

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