• Spring Bento Lunch with Skeeter Nut Free
  • Bento Boxes: Ecolunchbox Blue Water Bento on Kickstarter
  • Breakfast Food Art with Driscoll’s Berries
  • Fresh Kids
  • Waffle Emojis

Spring Bento Lunch with Skeeter Nut Free

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!

lunchbox open with spoon picnic table

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.) ingredients for rainbow yogurt parfait

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.

lunchbox prep with skeeters snacks

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.

lunchbox morning routine with skeeter nut free snacks

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.

stainless steel lunchbox with skeeters nut free grahams

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Oh spring, how I’ve missed you!

 

Compensation and product for this post were provided by Skeeter Nut Free.  

Bento Boxes: Ecolunchbox Blue Water Bento on Kickstarter

I have a soft spot for companies that have a story. Whether it’s an interesting beginning, a unique purpose or a high priority on relationships, dealing with fellow humans is always more compelling than dealing with a faceless corporation.

Ecolunchbox has been a very cool company to work with and shop from; their story is that they care, passionately, about the environment. I reviewed their Splash box last year and still use it faithfully. Now they’re coming out with more products from the line–same idea: stainless steel, silicone lids, zero plastic to prevent polluting oceans (the lids themselves are gorgeously ocean-inspired). It’s a genius line, honestly; silicone is better for YOU, too, with no risk of chemicals leaching into your lunch. Here’s what’s new, from their kickstarter page:

Splash Pod™ – A leak-proof snack pod. Two fit inside our original Splash Box perfectly.
Seal Cup™ Solo – A go-to container with a leak-proof, silicone lid for to-go snacks or dips.
Seal Cup™ Trio – A set of three nifty, nesting, round containers in small medium and large.
Look how perfectly the pod fits into the original Splash box!
The round containers nest for easy storage:
I got a chance to play around with them, and I was VERY impressed. I love and appreciate good design, and the lids are just so pretty. Minimalist, geometric, a nod to the ocean–and they snap on easily, which was a drawback of the old splash box for me (which has since been updated!).
Here’s what I packed–which, as you can see, is a TON of food!
More info is here, including specs and closeup shots, and pre-order them here.

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