Keep in mind, I'm almost always excited about something that will make eating well easier and all organization products. It's an illness. But imagine my over-the-top-pee-my-pants joy when I found this:
Apparently, bento is word in Japanese that means convenient (my research indicates that it translates similarly in Mandarin). The boxes are meant to hold specific portions of carbohydrate, meat and vegetable/fruit (and in some cases, oil or sweets).
I find Bento boxes fascinating because they encourage those packing the lunch to experiment with loads of color combinations and fresh food. Realistically, how many of us couldn't use a little more color in our unprocessed food choices?
Plus, I've read quite a bit about sticking to specific servings of certain types of foods for people with PCOS. I'm hoping that an organizational tool like this is going to make that convenient.
And since I'm making it my goal to eat fewer processed foods, I'm hoping a tool like this will make it easier to bring good, wholesome food from home instead of stocking my classroom fridge with SmartOnes or Lean Cuisine.
I learned about Bento while reading through The School Lunch Project--and, yes, this is another shameless promotion for something I LOVE. Mrs. Q isn't just passionate about school lunch; she's passionate about nutrition. Her simple posts about lunch content and ingredients really reminded me that we have an obligation to know what we're putting in our bodies.
Mrs. Q and people like my friend Casey also remind me that simple ingredients make for the best tasting food.
Obviously, I'm not as familiar with the second program because I spent most of my time counting points so I could eat things like cereal, doritos and cookies.
Clearly, all those years of dieting changed me.
And while bentos are traditionally 3 parts rice, 2 parts protein and 1 part veggie, I'm going to make an honest effort to flip flop the rice and veggies.
I'll let you know how it turns out. Who knows? I may even give you a couple pictures of my lunch as this project progresses. For now, I'm excited about the tools to push me to try.
(All pictures on this post were taken from www.laptoplunches.com)