This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own.
Getting kids to eat healthy can be a daunting task. As parents, we do everything in our power to get our kids to eat healthy foods. One of these ways is food presentation.
Over the past year, I’ve seen kid’s bento boxes rise in popularity. But not the bento boxes you might initially think of on the menu at Japanese restaurants (that was the only thing my dad would order when we’d go to our local sushi joint). Rather, creative moms and dads are compartmentalizing mealtime and cleverly segregating (and disguising) healthy foods to make lunch fun for kids.
As part of the Rock the Lunchbox campaign, we jumped on the bandwagon and filled a bento box of our own (the container shown above is from Laptop Lunches). We filled the four small removable containers with (1.) carrots and dip (2.) a curried chicken with raisins and mango wrap from one of my favorite toddler cookbooks (3.) Annie’s Homegrown organic snack mix and (4.) blueberries, mandarin oranges and grapes.
Rock the Lunchbox is a fun resource for parents with hundreds of tips for healthy lunches. To celebrate the back-to-school season, they’re asking kids to draw their idea of a dream lunch. Bear is still a little too young to participate in the “Draw Your Dream Lunch” campaign, but when I asked her what her favorite food was, she said “cheese.” I’m totally okay with that answer.
Seeing all the bright colors and neatly placed “nummies” in Bear’s bento box made me want to dig in. A bit of a perfectionist, my daughter really enjoyed having each type of food in its own place, and I loved that I could just place a lid on the foods that she didn’t finish and easily put them back in the fridge.