We've got some great Bento Boxes and accessories with dealer #206. Here at The Coop we are always encouraging everyone to think Green: Repurpose, Reuse, Recycle or Upcycle, and Renew. Instead of disposable styrofoam, aluminum foil, plastic forks you throw away, and all the other waste products of packing a lunch, why not consider doing a Bento.
The Bento Box is a traditional Japanese reusable packed meal idea. They are compact, sleek, and everything from the silicon divider cups to picks and flatware, is all washable and reusable.
Bento Box accessories can be very plain, very sheik, or very adorable. They can be a perfectly sophisticated uptake on brown-bagging to your office. And they can be fun for kids to take to school.
Part of the cool thing about the Bento idea is the health benefit. If you have a great little lunch packed, you've controlled your portions, and you've already planned for your day so those vending machines don't start calling your name. Healthy choices that save you money - now that's pretty cool.
If you have a child with a gluten or peanut allergy, or if you simply prefer to know they're having a healthy snack or lunch, get them involved with picking the Bento pieces and making their lunch. When they are involved, they will be more likely to want to eat their own lunch and not be just curious or even envious of what everyone else gets to eat.
Some people take Bento to a new level: creating very crafty artsy lunches. It really does make you want to create your own, rather than order in, spend that extra cash, throw away all that take-out garbage, and still wind up without the nutritionally sound meal you could have made yourself.
Bento Boxes come in all sizes and styles, from slick aluminum that can strap to your bike, to big family size boxes.
I've borrowed and back linked the images above to share some ideas from the most simple to the more elaborate Bentos. The Bento Boxes below are with dealer #206 at Scranberry Coop right now. The large boxes are great for picnics, the Drive In, car trips and other times where the family might want to snack. A healthy allergen-conscious inexpensive and non-wasteful choice for everyone. Plus, food is just so much more appetizing when it's arranged with love and care. What's that saying, it's all in the presentation? Very true! Accessories for Bento Boxes include silicone dividers and cups, tiny salad dressing, condiment or spice containers, food picks, chop sticks and small flatware, plus all kinds of preparation tools like little hard boiled egg presses, punch outs to make faces, rice ballers, and more. Everything can be washed and reused safely. Go Green, Go Healthy, Go BENTO!