Bento – Beautiful Japanese Lunches

When it comes to healthy eating, variety and diversity of nutritious foods in meals and culinary art, the Japanese have it right. A well balanced Bento box lunch is great for kids and adults. If you want to make sure your children are eating healthy and getting a variety of daily nutrients at school, make them a Bento box lunch. They are just as fun as they are healthy. For general parenting information and resources, visit:

Bento #254: Low-carb, high-fat breakfast!

Bento #254: Low-carb, high-fat breakfast!
Low Fat Cooking
Image by goblinbox (queen of ad hoc bento)
…BECAUSE the following things ARE TRUE:

One: I’ve been on a diet for eight weeks and am fat-starved, and
Two: I’m currently reading Good Calories, Bad Calories (a treatise against refined carbs),

I HAVE DECIDED to try a low carb breakfast today! Fun!

When you remove carbs, you have to replace them with something to keep your calories up, and I chose fat. I cooked with butter and olive oil and used cheese! Yum!

The large compartment contains two eggs with half and half, mushrooms, onions, and cheddar, scrambled in butter. There’s a grilled tomato (I didn’t actually "grill" it, I fried it in olive oil) and a veggie sausage pattie (yeah, I’m a vegetarian, so no meaty paleo diet for me!) in the side compartments.

While I’ve seen plenty of pictures of British breakfasts complete with a grilled tomato, I’ve never actually had a grilled tomato with breakfast before. IT’S DELICIOUS. Oh mah gah, it is amazing what a lovely grilled tomato does to the whole egg-eating experience!

Half of the carbs come from the fresh vegetables and are fine; the other half, though, come from that delicious little lab-built sausage substitute (Lord only knows what’s in those things) and are probably the very embodiment of eeeevil ‘refined carb’-hood. No white flour or sugar to be found, though, so that’s good, right?

392 calories – 8g carbs – 28g fat – 26g protein

What should I put in my bento box that doesn’t involve cooking and is healthy?

Question by KittyStar97: What should I put in my bento box that doesn’t involve cooking and is healthy?
I want to buy some bento boxes to bring my school lunches in, but all of the ideas for what to put inside the boxes involve cooking or the little, artsy stuff and I don’t have time for that. I need some ideas for healthy things that can make up a complete lunch and fit in a bento box. Since I’m making it before school, I don’t have a lot of time, so it also has to be quick.

Best answer:

Answer by Syd
Almonds. They are small, so they’ll fit. No cooking or special prep necessary. Healthy fats, good protein, lots of vitamin E for your skin, hair, nails. A crunchy, yummy finger food snack.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

Boyfriend Bento 5-9-07

Boyfriend Bento 5-9-07
healthy foods to eat
Image by Sakurako Kitsa
The boyfriend has decided to eat healthier foods and has asked me to cut the snacky foods out of his bentos. So here’s the new "healthy" model.

"Soylent Fluff" is similar to my peanut butter fluff recipe, but with no cream cheese and soynut butter instead of peanut butter.

I’m not a huge fan of soynut butter. It tastes like roasted soynuts and has that powdery soynut texture. I recognize the health benefits, though, so Soylent Fluff is a way to make it a little more palatable.

It’s very easy. Take a small tub of lite or sugarfree whipped topping (Cool Whip, for example). Add to it two heaping tablespoons of soynut butter and stir right in the container till it’s well-mixed and there are no lumps. After that, I add two teaspoons of Splenda and mix well.

The boyfriend actually likes this better than peanut butter fluff. I can deal with it, but it’s not my thing. If you like soynut butter, though, you might give it a try.

I’ve garnished this one with toasted almond slivers.

hangul day bento

hangul day bento
dinner recipes for kids
Image by gamene
today is hangul day, so i celebrated by making korean food for dinner.

here is some leftover omurice (basically an omelette wrapped around veggie fried rice – i used this recipe but substituted veggie ham for real ham) and kimchi jun (i used this recipe), with a bottle of soy-vinegar for the jun, and some tomatoes with leaf picks and carrot-yellow tomato flowers on sesame-sauteed broccoli.

oh, and the letters which spell out hangul day are cut from nori with an xacto knife!