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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!

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The girls were off to play while I went to the dentist so they got to do lunch on the go.  I made some little pigs for Miss A.  Her sandwich is on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread and a raisin eye.  Above in the white pig are dried cranberries and the pink pig container has organic raspberries.  At the top left are watermelon strips with a pig pick and at the top right are red seedless grapes with a little pig baran peeking out.

Miss G chose the elephant Lunch Punch for her sandwich.  Both mom & baby have raisin eyes on their Rudi’s whole grain bread.  At the top left are red seedless grapes and at top right are elephant shaped watermelon pieces.  Both girls’ lunches are packed in Easy Lunch Boxes.

I also packed a salad for my husband to go with his lunch.  Baby greens of swiss chard, spinach and arugula are topped with a half of an heirloom tomato surrounded by grape tomatoes and cucumbers.  At top left are pineapple chunks and red seedless grapes at the top right packed in his Easy Lunch Box.

Tools I used for this lunch:

That’s kind of how I feel this morning.  We’re headed to Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa today for a fun day.  I decided to pack a quick bento for the girls to share.  Packed in their LunchBots stainless bento box are sliced cucumbers, mini carrots, ranch dip packed in cute containers, Applegate uncured turkey dogs made into penguins, strawberries and watermelon stars.  I used a giraffe and zebra picks from some cupcake kits that I had for decoration.

 

I also made them a peanut butter & jelly on wheat cut out with my Lunch Punch and a candy eye wrapped in a Kids Konserve reusable sandwich wrap.  Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

Thursday I was in a rush so both girls had a hodge podge of things in their lunches.  The main theme was elephants.  I just got a new Lunch Punch that I used for Miss G’s bigger sandwich that has a mother & baby huddling underneath.  I included a BabyBel cheese with a heart cut out.

The heart bento has peaches on the right side and on the left are dried cherries and Funky Monkey brand dried crunchy pineapple pieces.  She also had an applesauce pouch and an Orange Lifeway Kefir pouch.

Little Miss A is still very excited about school, and it’s a bit new for her so finding what she will eat is a bit tricky.  She hasn’t been much into the sandwiches, but I included 2 very small elephants PB & Js for her on whole grain.

The heart bento for Miss An included Annie’s Organic macaroni shells on the right with colby jack butterflies on top.  The left side had halved grapes on the bottom, dried cherries mixed in with watermelon butterflies.  She also had an Orange Lifeaway Kefir and an ice water.


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