This next blog post is inspired by a friend at work. I am a person who packs their lunch most days of the week for work. This week a work colleague asked me if I had any lunch ideas. It is extremely hard to think of lunch ideas for yourself, and even your family on a daily basis. I am not usually a turkey sandwich type person, so I want new and different things for lunch each day.
One idea that was introduced to me by other friends is the “Bento Lunch”. Bento Lunches are lunches with various parts. They can be fun and they add a little extra something to your lunch than the traditional sandwich. One thing that I have started using were Laptop Lunches. These products are great for bento style lunches. If you don’t want to spend the money on the Laptop lunch products there are also other ways to make bento lunches. Basically you just need a food storage container with divisions (such as: https://www.google.com/search?q=ziploc+divided+rectangle+storage&hl=en&tbo=d&rlz=1C1GPCK_enUS426US427&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=9N7tUNyEFIO09QS8hoG4AQ&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAA&biw=1366&bih=667 or http://www.easylunchboxes.com/products/food_containers/index.htm). You can also use silicone cupcake baking cups to divide your items (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_18?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=cupcake+liners+reusable&sprefix=cupcake+liners+reu%2Caps%2C145&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Acupcake+liners+reusable). You can find these at craft stores or stores like Target and Walmart.
Some great places to check for meal ideas are www.laptoplunches.com (http://www.laptoplunches.com/photo-gallery.php). They have lots of pictures, recipes, and menus (http://www.laptoplunches.com/bento-menus-season/Winter/) to give you ideas for lunch combinations. Another great place to check is Pinterest. I found this great site (http://easylunchboxes.smugmug.com/The-Best-Lunchbox-System/Yummy-Lunch-Ideas/10136835_YSuyb#!i=998960659&k=Q2r3K4x) that has some great lunch ideas. Also the Pinterest page Easy Lunch Box Lunches (http://pinterest.com/easylunchboxes/easy-lunch-box-lunches/) is great for more ideas.
This looks yummy!
Once you check out some of these sites you will be ready to go. Your lunches will be interesting and exciting. The main thing to remember is to keep it healthy. Always try to hit all your food groups! Don’t forget your fruits and veggies! I can’t wait to try some of these.
Try them out and let me know what you think! – 01.09.13 ❤ Kia Elise