What is a "Bento"
Bento is the Japanese art form of making a packaged lunch.
It has taken a simple meal and turned it into an occasion, with beautifully designed
lunchboxes and food that is so fun it resembles culinary art. Traditionally in Japan a bento consists
of rice, fish, and seaweed. In recent years Americans have taken the
concept of the bento lunch and run wild with it. New American Style bento lunchboxes
have hit the market and kids (and adults alike) all across the country are eating
lunch out of bento style lunchboxes.
Gone are the days of boring brown paper bag lunches... here comes the bento!
Bentos come in all shapes and sizes and rarely look like the traditional
lunchbox you may have grown up with. They may have compartments to maximize space, they may be oval shaped
or shaped like a Geisha doll, they may also be tiered and stackable.
They can be made of plastic, ceramic, wood, or stainless steel.
Another common practice with bento is arranging the food inside them
decoratively... perhaps shaping hard boiled eggs into fish or animals, making an
octopus out of a hotdog or making faces with seaweed and colored rice.
You can have any type of meal you want in any bento you want... raw,
vegan, gluten free, sugar free, paleo...you name it...you can make
it. And what about Halloween bentos, Easter bentos, and Christmas bentos....
make your child's lunch hour and yours a fun one everyday! Bento lunches are for the
young, old... anyone who wants to make meals more exciting.
Of course you don't have to be a child to enjoy a good bento
box. Adults carry bentos boxes of all shapes and sizes to work every day.
things about the art of bento:
- Makes lunch time fun!
Encourages healthier eating.
- Bentos create less food waste.
- Makes using leftovers a snap!
co-workers and other students envious!
The Ultimate American Style Bento
The Laptop Lunchbox is my preferred lunchbox
for kids. It is made of safe, non-leaching plastics and it is a durable lunchbox
that can be used for many years. The compartments make it easy to pack
delicious, nutritious lunches every day. It is easy to clean and easy to use.
You can buy it with a matching carrying bag and water bottle too! This bento lunchbox is my
top pick! Read my in depth
of the Laptop Lunchbox.
Zojirushi Mr. Bento
This is a bento for adults or older kids, like teens. It is
actually a lunch "jar" that is unique and functional. It is made of
stainless steel and has vacuum insulation. There are four inner bowls and a
washable container that holds them. Included is a convenient carry strap for
easy transport to school or work.
There is also a Ms. Bento that holds less food and has a more
feminine look for the ladies.
Lunchbots Lunch Carriers
carriers are made up of stainless steel and do not leach harmful chemicals
that can be found in plastic containers. Lunchbots are child and eco-friendly
accommodations that can be washed and reused. It is the ideal alternative for
parents ensuring the safety of their kids from toxic chemical influences that
can harm their health.
To-Go Ware Two Tier Stainless
Steel Lunch Box
Stainless, stylish & stackable! This 2-tier tiffin system that
hails from India. It is reusable, lightweight, and has a lid that doubles as a
plate. It's easy to carry and clean, but hard to live without. Great for both
cold or hot food, and the planet, too. Fold down the handle to make it compact
and easy to store. Perfect for work, school, picnics, or a night out (makes for a
stylish doggy bag). One or two? Up to you! Read our article about
Tiffin Lunch Boxes
for more information.
Get the To Go Ware Sling Carrying Case
A Great Bento Option for Toddlers and Babies!
This bento set is perfect for very young kids. It has bowls in
two sizes (with lids) a mug, utensils, and a bento box with secure lid. Free of
BPA, PVC, phthalate lead, and melamine. It is very stylish, functional, and
great for use at day cares, preschools, zoos, and other places you may need to
This set is made of stainless steel and covered in safe
Vivo Bento Boxes
This is a very stylish square bento box for older kids and
adults. It is comprised of three stackable trays so that food is
compartmentalized and separate. One tray could hold a sandwich, one tray could
hold cut veggies and dip, and another tray could have some beef and noodles left
over from the previous night's dinner. It is great for meals on the move.
Reusable, dish washer safe. Lively color combinations make picnics or an everyday
lunch an event.
Light My Fire - Triangle Shaped Bento & Spork!!
The affordable Light
My Fire LunchBox & Spork
set includes the basics for
packing a waste-free lunch,
or for cutting back on waste
when eating at your office,
in a cafeteria or at a
take-out restaurant. Once we
got it in our hands, the
possibilities seemed endless
– dorm rooms, corporate
cafeterias, even cook outs –
bring this compact kit along
and you can say no to paper
plates and disposable
utensils no matter where you
Simple and Sweet: The Fit & Fresh Lunch on the Go
a multi-layer lunch pack
with a re-freezable ice pack.
It makes a workday picnic in
the park an everyday event.
Eat right and eat well when
you pack your own delicious
lunch and open up to six
hours later to a level of
freshness you never thought
possible. You can, with fit
& fresh. Ingredients:
Durable plastic, easy to
What is Bento?
Best Bento For Kids
Bento Lunch Ideas
Black+Blum Lunch Pot, Bento
A unique spin on an old favorite.. the thermos. These lunch pots can be used to
tote food or liquid in style and they stack, bento style! Put warm soup or
oatmeal in the bottom pot and a salad or fresh fruit on the top and then use the
handy carrying strap to carry it in to work or school. It also comes with a
matching spork! How much easier could it be to carry a healthy lunch wherever
you go? Above you can see the green color scheme. It is also available in orange
AND you can get a Black+Blum
The Goodbyn Lunchbox
The whole concept of this lunchbox is awesome…
BPA free (safe) plastics, compartments to eliminate the need for plastic baggies
and single serving packaging, and it is a pretty hip looking bento. I also like
the carrying handle and the ability to use the stickers that come with it to
make it completely unique to your child.
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Kotobuki Geisha Doll Bento Box!!
This adorable geisha doll bento box set has two tiers to keep food in separate
compartments, and the top tier has a seal on lid to prevent leaking. The
included bowl makes preparing instant soups or broths to go along with your
bento lunch easy and fun. An elastic band is included to secure the set