Tuesday, September 21, 2010

a whole bunch of snack bentos

I don't have any lunches to show today, but I have a whole bunch of snack bentos to share. :)
These are my 3rd grader's snacks from the last couple weeks. I prefer to pack his snacks in a small Lock & Lock box. This particular Lock & Lock box comes with two inner dishes, but I usually will remove one dish. Using only one of the inner dishes allows for a tiny bit more space in the box, still divides the box into two separate areas, AND gives me one less thing to wash at the end of the day. ;-) Ethan's snacks are simple and usually consist of a crunchy carby thing and a fruit.

You will see that the theme here is "let's be redundant".

Wheat Thins & grapes
L&L snack box

Pretzels & grapes

Ethan's first Aussie Apple!!
Red Delicious Aussie Apple

Goldfish crackers & raspberries
fishies and raspberries

Strawberries & Wheat Thins
strawberry and wheat thins - roar!

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Kristie Clower said... [Reply to comment]

your kids are so lucky.

The Midnight Writer said... [Reply to comment]

pretzels! your kids must be enjoying their snacks a lot..

Tasha said... [Reply to comment]

I'm new to this Bento thing, and quite fascinated by it all. Do the crunchy, carby items lose their crunch being packed in with fruit? Or with sandwiches? I remember my dad packing my lunch and the moisture from my sandwich making my cookies soggy...

Lisa said... [Reply to comment]

Yea, ditto on Tasha's question. My son's crackers DO get soggy. What am I doing wrong?

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

We don't have a soggy cracker problem. When I first started bento-ing I would pack lunches the night before and the stuff would get soggy, so I started doing it all in the mornings. His snacks sit for 2-2.5 hours and his lunches for about 4.5 hours and everthing stays crisp. Ethan is VERY particular about his textures and wouldn't tolerate soggy or soft crackers!
Are your crunchy items held away from the wet/moist stuff with seperate containers or silicone cups? Can you try positioning an ice pack away from the crunchy items in the lunchbox?

darkestbeauty said... [Reply to comment]

Ive just spent the last hour browsing through all your posts!! Looks like so much fun! I've ordered some Bento goodies ( just a few to start with ) for my 3 year old for his pre school snacks! Im hoping to inspire him to eat them ;)

B.C, Canada

Elizabeth said... [Reply to comment]

I find that my crackers stay crispy, even overnight, as long as they don't touch anything moist--not even cheese. And I hadn't thought about the ice pack--that could be a problem (condensation and everything). Melissa, you are an inspiration. My kids (and hubby, too) are loving the new ideas I find here.

Tasha said... [Reply to comment]

Just got silicone cups on the weekend, so we'll see how that goes! Thanks for the tips!!

KM @ This Plate is Full said... [Reply to comment]

These are fantastic snacks!! So glad I found your blog!! Im loving every inch of it! Just did a post on you too - hope you see some new traffic!

Lisa said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for the tips. I will try moving the ice pack. That must be it.

Kelly said... [Reply to comment]

This somewhat defeats the waste free portion of bento-ing, but to combat the sogginess I started putting a small piece of press and seal over the crunchy snack. It gets brought home and I can reuse it.
I was doing snack bentos at school but this year my 7yo told me I can't bento her snacks anymore b/c it's too healthy and unlike what the other kids are bringing!

Gretchen said... [Reply to comment]

After stumbling across your blog, I have since started small - animal shaped cheese. The elephants have been a BIG HIT with my 4 year old. For all the snack bentos you pictured - do your kids eat all of it? The crackers alone would fill mine up for 1/2 a day! The bentos are all so creative and packed full, but wow - seems like a lot of food. Is it? Do they chow it all down?

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Gretchen - your comment makes me laugh. I get so many comments from people saying that there is no way the bentos I pack could fill up their child and how their kid would be starving if "that's all they had to eat", and then I get comments like yours who say just the opposite. LOL :)
These snack boxes hold a handful of crackers and a handful of fruit. That's the perfect snack amount for my 8yo (almost 9yo) son.
He has a pretty light breakfast most mornings because he's just not that hungry yet before going off to school, then he has this snack around 10 and has lunch at 12:30. It's just the right amount of food for him at this point - he does eat all of it.

frosty said... [Reply to comment]

I have to tell you that although I am getting a little slack at work but I ALWAYS do this to my apples now. I love eating it in pieces and I hate brining a knife to school. It hasn't worked as well for my 7yr old bc he is too picky about the brown but it has been AWESOME for me.

Deborah Lynn said... [Reply to comment]

There is a product called Fruit Fresh you can put on fruit that will keep it from turning brown.

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