Nov 1 :: breakfast, lunch, the great outdoors

qia cereal is actually pretty good. i am always up for breakfast that doesn’t need cooked. you just add coconut milk, sweetener, and let it sit for five minutes and eat up. 

bento boxes have been my obsession for a couple of months now. my husband loves them. he says it is the perfect way to feed him with out over feeding him. i use the metal bento and my daughter uses the plastic ones because they are bigger.

we think he is so darn handsome. what would we do without this big village mut that thinks he is a lap dog?!

nutmeg is his best buddy. he loves her more than anyone and she loves my husband the most.

 fat mum slim november 1 prompt was fruit.  this was my last minute attempt.

i have been doing the now you workshops 52 weeks of selfies. this week was all about masks so here i am with my favorite mask.

bento 101

(Bought this one at Bed Bath and Beyond $17)
 (This one I bought at Target for $10 but I found a similar one at Walmart for $7)

1. Keep it simple
The best advice I read was to not put pressure on yourself to make Japanese style Bento’s.  Make simple fun Bento’s that your family will enjoy.

2. Prepare ahead
I normally make these the night before and everyone can just grab one as the leave the house.  

3. Use fresh ingredients
The point of making Bento’s for my family is that they are eating more healthy and less preservatives…not that I don’t throw in a treat or two sometimes.

4. Be creative
This is my favorite part of making Bento’s is that they allow me to be creative with our food.

5. Love the food you prepare
Make sure you are fixing items that everyone loves to eat.  Nothing is more frustrating than a full Bento making its way home.

6. Buying supplies
I shop Amazon, Japanese markets, and online stores.

7. Buying Bentos
Amazon has a large selection of Bento’s.  I have also found lunch containers in Target, Walmart, and Bed Bath and Beyond. 

8. Follow blogs for inspiration
Happy Little Bento
Just Bento

100 Bento Boxes project


(EcoLunchbox on Amazon for $23.95)

bento boxes–breakfast bento

About eight years ago I started my little obsession with Bento Boxes.  I loved how you could have a variety of healthy foods in one little box but my favorite part was the creative heart that went into them. 

In the beginning it was very difficult to find boxes and now they are everywhere.  They range in price from $4.95 (at Target) to the zojirushi that can top out over $100. The Bento above is the Kenetic Go Green box that I purchased on Amazon for $10.99.

Find you a box and start creating healthy meals for you and your family.