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

Friday, November 30, 2012

He's Coming to Town!

So, can you tell it's been a crazy busy week?  I think it shows in the creativity of the lunches but
what can you do?   

  • Sandwich roll-ups, made from a whole wheat tortilla, herb cream cheese and salami.  Decorated with letter picks
  • Carrots and ranch
  • Red grapes with a Santa cupcake ring
  • Babybel with "Ho Ho!" cut out
  • Mini candy bar
Here are some of the items I used when making this lunch:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Frosty the Snowman

  • Snowman sandwich made from 2 circle-shaped cookie cutters, icing eyes, a carrot nose, a cupcake topper top hat, candy scarf and food safe markers
  • Tomato and cucumber slices
  • Blackberries with a snowman pick
  • Cheddar cheese mitten and snowman
  • Hershey Kisses

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Quick and Easy Christmas Lunch

I have to say, I am loving the set of Christmas cookie cutter stamps that I got at Target.  The stamps make it so easy to add a little "something" to the cut-out.

This lunch was super easy to make.  However, when I was done, I wasn't thrilled with how monochromatic it came out...too much green.  Oh well, they can't all be winners!

  • 2 sandwiches (stacked)
  • Red grapes
  • Broccoli, with a present pick, and ranch
  • Hershey kisses
Here are a few of the items I used when making this lunch:

Monday, November 26, 2012

First Christmas Bento of the Year

With Thanksgiving over, it's time to move on to Christmas!!  We usually do all our decorating the day after Thanksgiving.  Because we were out of town, we haven't decorated yet, so I'm feeling a little behind.  But, at least I can decorate lunches!!

  • Reindeer and sleigh shaped sandwiches, decorated with food safe markers
  • Raspberries with a reindeer pick
  • Sugar snap peas with cherry tomatoes and ranch
  • Hershey Kisses
Here are some of the items I used when making this lunch:

Thanksgiving at the Beach!

Happy Belated Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope everyone had a great holiday.    We spent ours visiting my parents at the beach.    Before we left, I made the girls a beach themed bento to get them excited (as if they weren't excited enough already!!)

  • Palm tree-shaped sandwich decorated with food safe markers
  • Babybel cheese, decorated with a food safe marker and a sunglasses pick
  • Blackberries with a flip flop pick
  • Carrots with ranch
  • Hershey kisses

Monday, November 12, 2012

Gobble, gobble!

Thanksgiving is getting close!

  • Turkey, cheese and a whole wheat tortilla roll-up with a colby jack "Gobble"
  • Cucumbers and ranch
  • Pretzel snaps
  • Red grapes with a turkey ring
  • 2 Hershey kisses
Here are some of the products I used when creating this lunch:

The Cat's Meow

I busted out the Cute Z Cute for a quick and easy kitty lunch.

  • 2 kitty sandwiches, decorated with food safe markers
  • Carrots with ranch
  • Blackberries, raspberries and blue berries with kitty picks
  • Mini Candy bar
Here are some of the items I used when creating this lunch:

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Author Visit

Today, author and photographer Michael Patrick O'Neill visited the girls' school.  O'Neill is a professional award-winning wildlife photographer, author and conservationist specializing in marine wildlife and environmental issues.  He has written seven non-fiction marine life books including Let's Explore Sharks, and Let's Explore Coral Reefs, designed to encourage school children to read, write and get involved in science and conservation.

We decided such an exciting day deserved a fun themed lunch!    My birthday was over the weekend and I got some new fun food markers.  My youngest was excited to help so she made her own lunch and I made my other daughter's lunch.

Here is what we came up with:

  • Starfish sandwich, decorated with food safe markers and icing eyes
  • Hard boiled egg, decorated with food safe markers
  • Sugar snap peas and cherry tomatoes with ranch
  • Blackberries, decorated with a fish pick
She asked me to specify that this was the lunch she made (wink, wink):

  • Starfish and fishy sandwiches, decorated with food safe markers
  • Broccoli, with a turtle pick, and ranch
  • Blackberries with a starfish pick
  • A little trick-or-treat candy
Here are some of the products we used when making these lunches: