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Hello Bentoriffic readers! I’m Cristi, a friend of Sarah’s and
a fellow bento blogger
(at BentOnBetterLunches). I’m delighted to
have this opportunity to guest post on one of my favourite blogs!
Sarah is an inspiration in healthy food choices and creative bento
making! I chose our PlanetBox for this guest lunch, since I know she
doesn’t have one of those … yet!

We did Kid’s Choice lunches at our house today. That’s something we do
when I don’t have a lunch plan, and/or we are low on groceries, and
maybe don’t have enough of everything for everyone. I take out a
selection of what we do have from all the food groups, and let the
little ones decide what to fill the sections of their bento boxes
with. I’m often pleasantly surprised by their choices too!

3½ year old Birdie and I packed this PlanetBox together, but she chose
everything that went in it. Birdie loves elephants, so it was no
surprise that she wanted to include elephant picks, or that she chose
to put them in the strawberries and pluots – they were the first
things she asked to have in her lunch. I think she could happily live
on fruit alone – well, no, she’d want cheese as well. But we were out
of cheese.

She liked these colourful silicone mini squares, so we picked out some
little nibbles to fill them with – NatureBox dried apples &
organic Mighty Mix, raisins, and Annie’s Homegrown Cheddar Bunnies:

Like her mama, Birdie has a sweet tooth, so she also chose some
chocolatey peanut butter granola bars her big sister Bella made over
the weekend (that are secretly healthy), marshmallow stars, sprinkles
on her yogurt – specifically butterfly sprinkles. And she insisted
her spoon be included in this photo:

Of course, the sweets were the first things she ate. She eventually
did eat some of everything – although she spit the dried apple back
out, pronouncing it “yucky chewy”. Oh well, at least she tried it! A
sampler-style lunch like this is good for that.

My other sproutlets had similar lunches, except for my middle son, who
had his usual PB. Here’s his “plane” peanut butter sandwich, made with
a Lunch Punch:

I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek at what’s for lunch at someone
else’s house while Sarah’s away – although I’m sure you’re looking
forward to her return, and seeing more of her terrifically artistic
& nutritious lunches – I know I am!

My husband has to travel today so I suggested that I pack him a lunch.  Airport food is dreadful in general, but when I flew recently I realized how tough it is to find ANYTHING vegitarian, vegan or just plain healthy.  I packed my own sandwiches, but it was a long day of traveling.  We are still doing our plant based diet so the goal is to eat as little processed food as possible.  Since we’re still a bit new to the diet it takes some planning ahead.

He may want to kill me for a cutesy sandwich, but I couldn’t resist.  He has the airplane LunchPunch cut out of Rudi’s Whole Grain bread which is our favorite brand for the past few months.  The sandwich is surrounded by organic mini carrots and fresh blueberries on the top part.  At the top left are locally grown cucumber slices and at the top right are grapes and a strawberry heart packed in his Easy Lunch Box.

Please excuse the poor photos for his traveling lunch.  I had to take them late last night.

Since I know he will be traveling most of the day,  I also packed a second smaller bento box.  The bottom part has a single serve Sabra brand hummus with whole grain crackers and a heart container with dried cherries in it.  The top portion is packed with halved strawberries as his afternoon snack along with a couple of Larabars.

Little Miss 2 year old is having an apple sandwich on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread with a surprise “worm” coming out of it.  It’s actually an Annie’s Organic Fruit Bunny, but I drew a small face on one end with a food marker.  Looks like a worm to me!  She’s also having a small apple container of dried cherries.   On the left side of her LunchBots Duo is a flower cup of halved grapes and a strawberry heart on top.  Above that are blueberries.

Miss G is having a dog house sandwich with a silicone dog cup of blueberries, honeydew melon grass and a small orange cup of dried cherries.  At the top right are grapes surrounding a carrot stick.  At the top left is a cup of homegrown heirloom tomatoes and a green dog pick packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

It’s transportation week at school for the girls, but only Miss G is at school today.  Little A woke up with a cold so she’s at home today.  As usual, my LunchPunches save the day.  I recently got the transportation set which will be put to good use this week.  It’s great for boys an girls to teach them about how we get around.  Today’s airplane is on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread with Justin’s Almond Butter & jam.  The white for the airplane on top is a piece of Veggy brand soy cheese.  To the left of the sandwich in the green cloud shaped cup are watermelon clouds.  At the top left is a clementine cutie with a purple koala pick, and at the top right are honeydew hearts all packed in her Easy Lunch Box.  She also has an ice water with her lunch.

I’m killing 2 birds with 1 stone today.  It’s been a frantic holiday week around the house so I neglected to post until today.   Today Miss G got a couple of peanut butter and honey sandwiches shaped like Christmas ornaments.  I put a stripe of honey on each and used colored sprinkles on the front.  She also got a watermelon chunk shaped like a candy cane and a circle of blueberries on a cute vintage looking Mickey & friends plate I found at Target.

Earlier in the week I packed a transportation themed lunch for Miss G.  She got a car, bus and airplane soybutter & jelly sandwiches, 3 dried apricots on top, carrots and small pics of grapes and blueberries.

Wishing everyone a relaxing weekend!

After a long weekend, I sent little Miss A back to school this morning.  When I kissed Miss G good morning, she was feverish so she stayed home with me today.  We’ve been fighting off something for almost 2 weeks now in our house.  We did get a small box of new, fun bento tools this weekend.  Our favorite so far is this little pick bus to hold all of our cute picks.  I have found http://www.allthingsforsale.com to be one of the best resources for bento supplies.  They are the most affordable with a wide selection of things.  This is the link for the pick bus:

http://www.allthingsforsale.com/bento-food-pick-chopsticks/1841-japanese-bento-animal-food-pick-with-school-bus-case-8-pcs-set-4904705158638.html

Miss A had leftover Annie’s macaroni with edamame and leftover chicken satay today in the small round container. In the heart container are parmesan goldfish crackers, red seedless grapes underneath blackberries and star shaped strawberries.

Since Miss G is at home, she wanted to help make her lunch.  She chose an airplane and a bus for her sandwich shapes today.  In the pink sheep container are her gummy vitamins.  The brown squirrel container has red seedless grapes in it.  She chose all the new pics to poke in her fruit.  She loved the little hat on the strawberry and the jewels, flower and animal picks for the blackberries.

Thanks again for reading.  Hoping everyone had a restful Labor Day weekend!


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