Bento boxes are a full-meal travel box originating from Japanese cuisine. A traditional Japanese bento consists of rice, fish or meat, and pickled vegetables along with some extra cute (and edible!) details to make each box playful and appealing. The concept of bento boxes has now been adapted and become popular with all varieties of cuisine, especially for on-the-go lunches.
Each bento box consists of segments or removable sections to assist with keeping different foods separated as well as portion control. Each section is assigned to a different category of food, lending a hand to eating a variety of foods and is very similar in concept to the Diabetic Plate Method for portion control. The individual sections also make these boxes a breeze to clean! This style of formulated meal prep also takes out all the guess work and stress, making packing a lunch appealing and fun again.
How to Pack a Bento Box
- Start with lean protein and healthy carbs
- Fill up on veggies, don’t be shy and add variety
- Include a portion of fruit to add color and a pop of sweetness
- Finish it up with a small treat!