Many of you will have heard all about Bento lunches by now, they have become ever so popular and the world and his wife seem to be in on the Bento act. In short, Bento is a single portion home made lunch box, that can be adapted, decorated and played around with to create a fabulously fun lunch for little ones (and adults too!)
Recently, I bought a selection of goodies from Eats Amazing to allow me to create fun lunches for the older 2 – sandwich cutters, animal and heart picks and some star shaped silicone pots. We were also sent a Yumbox to try out. Designed to be nutritionally balanced and help with portion control, the Yumbox is a leakproof, stylish option for packed lunches, and the perfect size for kids to take to school in their bags.
First impressions are good – this box is a really sturdy piece of kit, I wouldn’t worry about it being broken or damaged, even in the school cloakrooms. The latch is tough and locks shut with a reassuring click, putting my mind at rest about how fresh it will keep the food.
I love how easy it is to fill a Yumbox with a healthy and nutritious lunch. There is no need for sandwich bags or cling film, and the labelled pots help with making sure you provide your child with the correct amounts of dairy, protein, grains, veg and fruit. I love the fact that less packaging makes for a much less messy lunchbox at the end of the day – no leaking yogurt pots or soggy sandwich wrappers. Gemma loves the novelty of having a lunchbox like this, and adding in little Bento picks and shaped sandwiches makes lunch times so much more interesting for children. You can easily theme your Yumbox lunches too – think tuna wraps sliced into bite size pieces with sea life picks, a cat shaped sandwich with carrot whiskers, or an alphabet theme with fruit sliced into letter shapes. The possibilities really are endless.
Gemma loves opening up her Yumbox every morning to see what sort of foods she has that day. The lunch above is made from buttered malt loaf, strips of cheddar, sliced carrots, chopped strawberries, raisins and a raspberry yogurt with cake sprinkles. I don’t know about you, but I would love to open my lunch box to see this – so much more exciting than a standard sandwich and a bag of crisps!
The Yumbox keeps everything really fresh due to the airtight lock on the front. The rigid, high sided sections stop all the food from sliding about and being mixed up, and the bitesize pieces make it a much more palatable option for little ones. It is a tad pricey for a lunch box, but when you consider that it is likely to last for more than one child it seems much better value for money. Overall, a real winner that we will be using for many years to come.
For those of you who like the personalised touch, you could think about a personalised bento box, ideal for school and nursery!