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My kids love Play Doh.  I really hate the mess it leaves.  What I DO love is the Play Doh cutters.  As a bento lunch freak, I look at everything as an idea for a lunch.  I have used Play Doh and play kitchen cutters (well washed, of course) to cut kid foods before.  I used a cookie cutter this sandwich to make the princess crown.  The sandwich is Justin’s Almond Butter & Jam on Rudi’s whole grain bread.  I also stuck a few candy hearts on the crown for the jewels with almond butter.  At the top left are kiwi flowers and the top right are watermelon shoes and magic mirrors for my little princess.

This time of year seems to drain many of us having to buy new shoes, school supplies, uniforms, tuition and just paying for growing kids in general.  Cristi from BentOnBetterLunches did a great post on how to make budget bentos.  She is a mom of 5, and has such a wonderful eye for organization, fresh ideas and keeping kids well fed.  I love that she finds use out of every day items like Play Doh cutters, paper muffin cups and rubberbands that make great bento items.  Her post here on Budget Bento by BentOnBetterLunches can help give you some creative ideas for lunches without spending a penny!  Thanks for the inspiration, Cristi.

Little Miss A, my 2 year old, is having mini square sandwiches.  She has been licking the filling off of the bigger sandwiches I made for her and leaving the bread.  When I switched to something more bite sized, she seems to pop the whole thing in her mouth.  I used the FunBites Cube It cutter to cut the bread and then filled the sandwiches.  In the middle is a silicone heart shaped container with seasoned pumpkin seeds.  The sandwiches are surrounded by dried cranberries.  At the top left are raspberries with a kiwi heart on top and at the top right are watermelon flowers.  The lunch is packed in a LunchBots Duo stainless container.

Chevrons have resurfaced in design, fashion and now I’m putting them into my food.  I love them.  The bright colored Vs in this salad are all different colored sweet peppers.  Underneath the salad is baby spinach and around the salad are cucumber flowers packed in an Easy LunchBox.  At the top left are carrot & celery sticks and at the top right are fresh nectarine slices & raspberries.

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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.

Elmo

Posted on: June 10, 2011

Happy Friday!  The 3 year old asked me last night for an Elmo sandwich for lunch so this is my first attempt.  I can tell you it needs some work, but it still looks like him.  I used a glass upside down to cut the circle for his face.  His mouth is berry fruit leather cut by hand.  You can also use the edge of a smaller glass to cut the mouth.  His nose is a dried apricot.  The eyes are small mozzarella balls (ciliegine).  You can use the end of a straw to punch the holes for the pupils.  I used kalamata olives and then punch a hole in the cheese so they would stay in.  I also had to prop up the eyes from the back with pretzel sticks.  They kept falling over so this could be improved!  I sprinkled the top of the sandwich with raspberry jello powder.  It did the trick, but be careful to not get it wet!  The sides are edamame (soy beans) out of the pod on toothpicks, cherry and blackberry flowers.  The BabyBel cheese has a small fish cut out & colby cheese fish insert for Dorothy in her fishbowl.  Goldfish crackers would work nicely too.  This sandwich probably won’t travel that well until I improve a few things, but you get the idea.  Wishing everyone a great weekend!

My goal is to help parents and older kids create fun lunches that encourage healthy long-term eating habits. Bento boxes are great for a few reasons. Portion control is key. Don’t make more food than little tummies can stomach. Make sure to include lots of fruits and vegetables. It can take up to 12 times for a child to grow accustomed to a new food so don’t be discouraged. Include little bits of something new to try whenever you can.  One can reduce waste by using leftover from the pantry, refrigerator or freezer and introduce new foods at the same time.  Most importantly, start out with something simple and have fun!


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