I'm sharing a lunch from my archives today, because although I love creating fun themed lunches, using bento as a creative outlet, I also have to remind myself every now and again of the reason I got into making bento lunches in the first place - to provide my son with healthy, balanced meals, while generating minimal waste and packaging along the way. Bento lunches don't have to be fancy or themed to be pretty either, and while I still believe that anyone could make the lunches I make, sometimes it's good to show how simple it can be to create a beautiful, healthy lunch.
In this lunch Small Child had sandwiches on wholegrain bread, filled with ham, lettuce and tomato, with a little mayo. On the side he had an apple, raw organic carrot sticks and red grapes, all packed in silicone cups to keep them separate from the sandwiches. The grapes were skewered on polka dot food picks to make mini 'kebabs'. I also added a Babybel cheese to the lunch box, decorated with a little heart, which I cut from the wax using a mini bento cutter.
As well as the lunch box, I packed a reusable food pouch filled with organic raspberry yoghurt (not shown) in his lunch bag, along with a couple of mini ice packs to keep the lunch cool. Despite its simplicity, Small Child enjoyed this lunch just as much as any other I have packed for him - I must say I thought it looked very tasty and I would happily have eaten it myself! The lunch box I used helped too - this was packed in our super cute IKEA dog lunch box.
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