Monday, June 17, 2013

Days 409 and 410

Day 409 - This is a bit of a repeat from day 408...I wasn't kidding when I said I lost my mojo!!  Typical for June!  So with the lunch meat/cheese picks she also has watermelon and Trader Joe's yogurt starts under a Chobani Champions tube.

Day 410 - Grilled cheese sticks, cherry tomatoes, mini dipper of pizza sauce, grapes and a little piece of raspberry danish.


  1. Love the lunches and I love the way you make your kebabs, they are always so neat and yummy!

  2. love those long sticks holding the meat and cheese together
    on day 409 and 410. Where did you get those?!

  3. It's great that you are doing healthier options for your kids! But some of these lunches have a little too much sugar, I think. Apple, grapes, cookies, AND peanut butter? That sounds like sugar shock. Fruit is great, but I would add more veggies if I were you. What about cucumber slices, carrot sticks, maybe some nuts? :)

    1. I am not sure how this comment applies to the lunches posted here, as neither contains those ingredients. However, I will address your comment assuming that a lunch did contain those items. Fruit is one of the most nutritious things a person can eat.

      Apples a a wonderful natural source of soluble fiber, as well as immune-boosting vitamin C. They are surprisingly low in calories for the nutritional benefit they provide. Apples are known to provide health benefits to your heart and cardiovascular system, as well. I could go on about this miracle fruit, but the research of its benefits is readily available.

      Grapes are a berry (bit of trivia for you there) that provide the essential vitamins K and C, as well as many antioxidants our bodies need. Grapes are a natural source of magnesium, copper & iron, all of which provide health to your bones. Like apples, they are packed full of good stuff that provide protection against heart and vascular problems, as well as a host of other ailments.

      With regard to peanut butter, many brands and varieties are all natural with no sugar, salt or other ingredients added. While peanuts are not technically a nut (they are a legume), they are packed with protein, healthy fats, fiber and potassium. Peanut butter is a healthful alternative to meat, and provide antioxidants that fight free radicals and cancer.

      Regarding the cookies, like peanut butter, there are thousands of brands and varieties of cookies. While I would never go so far as to call any cookie a health food, many are full of fiber and other nutrients. And even if they aren't, there is nothing wrong with allowing children (or adults for that matter) to have a small treat on occasion.

      You suggested cucumber, carrots or nuts. Those are wonderful options, as well, each having their own health benefits. One of the benefits of bento lunches is the variety that they allow. If you look at the lunches on this blog, as well as other bento blogs, you will see that each lunch is different. One might contain more fruit, while the next day one contains more veggies. One might have a cookie while another doesn't. We do not know what these children are eating for breakfast, snacks or dinner each day. I know that if my children have an omelette full of veggies for breakfast, and I am planning a veggie stir fry for dinner, their lunch will have more fruit that day.

      In other words, it is impossible to assess someone's full nutrition based solely on a photo of a beautiful and fun lunch. I hope you are able to be inspired by and enjoy seeing various bento lunches with a slightly more objective and less judgmental perspective by considering the big picture that might take place off of the pages of a blog.

  4. I wouldn't worry about putting such nutritious foods as apples and grapes in a lunch, and the peanut butter I use doesn't contain sugar, so why assume that hers does? And the lunches above don't even have the foods you mentioned in them! Your lunches look delicious and nutritious - great job, Dina!