It’s been so long since I’ve made a decent bento. Sure, I’ve been making food art here and there. But here’s what the lunch-packing scene has looked like the past few months: me stumbling into the kitchen, muttering about how early/dark/cold it is, and tossing sandwiches and celery sticks into some lunch bags…and then crawling back under the covers.
So to say that I’m happy about the warmer weather, and sunshine, and spring-y colorful things in stores, is an understatement. I’ve been itching to make a cute lunch, so when Skeeter Nut Free reached out for a collaboration, I knew it was perfect timing. I mean, those adorable squirrels were born for bento!
And while my kids don’t have any tree nut allergies, their schools are nut-free, so I’m always conscious of packaged food that I send.
A colorful nature-themed lunch is in order. My little guy eats lunch super early, so protein-packed Greek yogurt topped with a rainbow of fruits is perfect. (The thickness of Greek yogurt keeps everything in place; I’d stay away from “normal” yogurt.)
Hard-boiled eggs sprinkled with furikake, baby carrots, and Romanesco broccoli round it out. Note: If you haven’t tried this crazy veggie, you MUST. Because any vegetable that a picky eight-year-old will eat is a godsend.
A few squirrel cinnamon grahams fit oh so perfectly in the treat compartment—and the snack bags are a good size for more, or for the car ride home.
It’s only taken me seven months, but I think I’ve got a rhythm down for our morning routine. I made a checklist because even I got tired of hearing me nagging—and since kids are so visual, it keeps them on track. Once I’m done with the lunches, I hand it off to them and they finish rounding up what they need. I love it.
These bigger boxes also work great for outings, when the kids (and I) feel peckish. I try to stick to whole foods and fruits and veggies as much as possible for snacktime, but finding companies with a good story (Skeeter started with two dads) and products with short, easy-to-read ingredient lists make me feel better about striking that balance.
Oh spring, how I’ve missed you!
Compensation and product for this post were provided by Skeeter Nut Free.