Thursday, May 27, 2010

Snack bento with a fun new kid treat :)

A snack bento for my biggest boy to take to a playdate. Are they still called "playdate" at 8-years-old? It's starting to sound a little silly...

lunch@bles ain't got nuthin' on this

Working from top left to the bottom:
Baby carrots, strawberries in a silicone cup, crackers, the rest of the tiny cheddar cheese stars (extras from the other day's tiny snacks - so much easier to do a lot at once and keep them ready to go in the fridge!), peppered turkey roll-ups on a pick, and a homemade granola bar.
And lastly, the bright red stick is a tube of honey! I found these at our local farmer's market at a honey stand. Each tiny tube contains one teaspoon of naturally colored and flavored honey (this one is cherry). So far Ethan has liked grape best, followed by cherry. He didn't care for blueberry (but little sister thought it was great!). A reasonably healthy fun little treat to add to our arsenal. :)
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Michelle said... [Reply to comment]

Ooh! We love honey stix. The kids always want one when we hit the health foods store! :o)

Accountant By Day said... [Reply to comment]

LOVE it! I wish I had some honey stix for me, LOL. Can you tell me where I could buy some cute skewers or picks online?

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said... [Reply to comment]

Yummy lunch! We still call them playdates lol.

Honey sticks are amazing! We have a local farm that makes honey and sells those. So tasty!

care-in said... [Reply to comment]

Found you from Just A glad I did! I am always looking for new lunch ideas. Can't wait to order some picks and other fun stuff.

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Accountant! :) Unless you are in an area where there are bento type shops the best online places I've used myself are (there's a ad for them on my sidebar) and there's also good 'ol ebay (search for "bento picks" and "bento forks").

There are a couple sets on Amazon (Wilton fun pix, animal forks)(both are shown in my Amazon shop), but the pickings are slim for picks there thus far!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Little plastic coctail swords and swizzle sticks make good picks though, and you can find those easily at party supply stores (and sometimes the paper goods area of regular grocery stores and Target type places!). :)

Alie said... [Reply to comment]

Yum! I love honey sticks!

Shannon said... [Reply to comment]

I hadn't ever thought of honey sticks for the kids, I bet thy would love them! I'm planning on hitting the farmer's market tonight, I am sure I'll find some. Thanks for the idea!

EasyLunchboxes (Kelly Lester) said... [Reply to comment]

This is just SO pretty! It reminds me of the gift packs they sell at the holidays for girls with makeup or nail polish or whatever. The product (makeup, or in this case - food!) of course is good, but it's irresistable in the way it comes packaged. What a gift this one is Melissa!!! Love the delicately wrapped granola bar.

Kashmirkat said... [Reply to comment]

My girls love honey sticks! :) They're not so much kids anymore though (18 and 21) lol

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

These honey sticks were a totally new thing to me! I had no idea they've been around awhile. I guess I don't get out too much. :p

Jen said... [Reply to comment]

We got honey sticks at the farmer's market last year. They are SO good. I need to go look at your granola bar recipe. I've been wanting to do that.

(Found you through and love your site)

Lorie said... [Reply to comment]

The cheese stars are SO CUTE! And the homemade granola bars sounds yummy!

Tessa said... [Reply to comment]

Yum, you're making me hungry :)
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AdAmy said... [Reply to comment]

My sister-in-law emailed me your blog address, and I've been visiting ever since!! I love looking at all the pretty pics and ideas. I want to do this too! It looks like a lot of fun and a great way to get kiddos excited to eat a variety of healthy foods. Today I used cookie cutters on sandwiches for my girls and they loved them! Thanks. Where do you get the small square boxes that fit so perfectly in a group of 4 in the lock-n-lock boxes?

Cass said... [Reply to comment]

I love seeing the lunchboxes you put together! It looks so neat but I'd never have the patience :)

Just a quick question - do you use cookie cutters to make the cheese cut outs? And do you just use a regular slab of cheese? They look so perfect and even - like store-bought!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Hi AdAmy - the Lock&Lock boxes that I use those squares in come with those four inner boxes! My first couple came from Target a few years ago, but they don't carry Lock & Lock anymore. I haven't been able to find them in an actual store since then, so I've ordered online ever since. Amazon has them! :)

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Cass, I do use small cookie cutters for the cheese. We buy cheese in huge blocks and slice it ourselves. Once in awile we'll get a block that seems on the dry and crumbly side and that doesn't make for easy (or neat) cut-outs, but most of the time the cheese cuts perfectly with the little cookie cutters!

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