What Is A Bento Box?

by CARRIE FELTON

What is a Bento Box?

A bento box is a parent's best friend. A sealable container that can carry all your little one’s favourite snacks to get them through a jam-packed day of school, day care, picnics and everything in between.  

 With multiple compartments and leak-proof seals, bento boxes are designed to keep food items separate and fresh, which makes preparing healthy, on-the-go meals oh so easy.   

The benefits of using bento style lunch boxes

Balanced meals for your little one

Using a bento box, for your kids’ daily meals means you won’t get caught searching for food inspiration when it comes to packing lunches for the day. All you need to do is raid the fruit bowl, pantry and fridge staples and before you know it, you’ll have assembled a perfectly balanced container of food. Complete with multiple compartments designated for specific food groups, our bento boxes for kids help to alleviate the thought process that goes into prepping and packing healthy lunches for growing bodies.

Friendly to the planet

Another great benefit of bento style lunch boxes is the impactful role they play in helping to boost your sustainability efforts. The sealed and separated compartments make cutting down single-use plastic waste so easy by keeping food fresh without the requirement for things like cling wrap and zip lock sandwich bags. You can even prepare their lunch the night before to save that mad morning rush!  

Encourages kids to try a variety of food 

Do you have fussy eaters? We all have one. Trying to pack a nutritious lunch that your kids will actually enjoy can feel like jumping through hoops at times, especially when they like to eat with their eyes. With the help of our nifty bento boxes for kids, you can make a visually pleasing lunch that will motivate even the pickiest of eaters to try different varieties of food.

Easy to wash and maintain 

We all know that juggling several separate containers in the morning is extremely inconvenient; not to mention the hassle of cleaning all those bits and pieces at the end of a long day! Thankfully, our bento boxes for kids are top shelf dishwasher safe, making them an easy way to downsize the end of day dishes. Simply separate the food tray and seal insert from the bento box, load into the dishwasher and wash!

How to choose a bento box

Not sure which bento box is right for your little one? Here are a few things to consider when picking the perfect bento lunch box for your kids: 

Make sure it’s leak proof

What could be worse than opening up a backpack to find a slurry of yoghurt, fruit and celery sticks? To avoid the risk of a catastrophic mess (that you’ll likely have to clean up), be sure to check that the bento box you purchase has a safe, leak proof seal and fastening system. 

Choose a bento box that’s easy to wash 

When it comes to food storage, everyone knows that hygiene is the key. Keep this in mind when selecting the perfect bento boxes for your kids. For a hygienic and hassle-free solution, look for things like dishwasher safe materials, as well as compartments and seals that are easy to separate as these are the spots that bacteria loves to linger. 

Choose the right size and number of compartments

When selecting a bento box for your little one, it’s important to be mindful of size. If you’re packing a small snack, a lunch, or ingredients for a picnic, it’s always a good idea to make sure you’re using a bento box that is conveniently sized to suit your needs.

If you’re looking for a bento box that’s durably built, and designed for tiny hands, try exploring the Penny Scallan Bento Box collection. Built with all-age functionality in mind, our bento boxes are leak proof, dishwasher safe, and feature a removable, microwave safe food tray. There are two sizes and several different styles to choose from, grab one today for the little one’s next big adventure!  

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