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Old 03-20-2013, 09:20 AM   #1
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help me fill the kids' bento....

Not sure if this goes in parenting or kitchen . I have lots of ideas for bento boxes, but i need more variety for my specific situation.

Right now, we are gone 1-3 nights per week at lacrosse games. Anywhere from 5-10pm with 4 hours being the minimum. I am packing snacks for a 9 mo old (new to solids) and a 2 1/2 yr old. The 9 mo old bf on demand, but some of the games have been freezing, so we have so many layers on and also, he gets distracted and won't really nurse there for more than a second.

The best thing that works for me is my 3 compartment lunchbots. Mostly bc a bunch of little containers is too much to bring along with water, diaper, money, some toys, etc. So, my lunchbots in a small drawstring works best (I add a granola bar and cloth wipe on top). I don't want to bring messy fruit right now, when it's warmer, I will, but with gloves and such, it's a hassle. Also, yogurt and things like that are fine and good, but we are on metal bleachers and the baby is everywhere, grabs everything, so I prefer to let him have at that sort of thing at home, lol.

For tonight, I have: mixed nuts and cheddar bunnies in the 2 big compartments and a fruit leather and 2 cheese sticks in the long one. I will bring a thermos of water and a granola bar pack.

Other ideas I have are: dried or freeze dried fruit, grapes, blueberries, homemade granola.

I know we eat more things portable, non-messy things than this. Ideas?

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Old 03-20-2013, 06:24 PM   #2
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Re: help me fill the kids' bento....

I bring turkey lunchmeat rolled up for my toddler to bite just like a cheese stick. We have been making ground beef jerky recently from that thread in Thrifty and we take those places. We also bring grapes and blueberries a lot when we need portable fruit. Cherry tomatoes, cut up cucumbers, steamed carrot "coins" brushed with honey are eaten room temp. My toddler will also eat a room temp quesadilla cut into strips, either just cheese, or cheese/black bean or cheese/chicken cut up really small. Sometimes I bring raisin bread with cream cheese on top. Sorry for the stream of consciousness instead of a list.
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Thanx so much! Those are all pretty much things he eats, I just needed a reminder!

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Re: help me fill the kids' bento....

Hard boiled egg
Hummus with
Carrot sticks
Cucumbers
Pita triangles
Crackers
Cheese cubes
Rolled up lunch meat
Olives
Frozen Greek yogurt tubes
Berries, grapes, apple slices, clementines, bananas
Sugar snap peas
Grape tomatoes and cubes of mozzarella drizzled with balsamic glaze (I skewer these on toothpicks, obviously not for the baby)
Edamame
Cream cheese on a bagel
Mini sweet pickles
Rice cakes with peanut butter
Raisins
Avocado cubes with lemon juice and a bit of salt
Mini tea sandwiches (egg salad, cheese, turkey, PB and J)
Red, orange, and yellow sweet pepper strips


I like to buy those tiny paper cups (I think they are made for the bathroom? Like to swish water after brushing your teeth? They are cute, with kid designs on them, about 200 for $3) for a concept coined by my best friends son. "Nakinacup". Lol. I dole out just a tiny bit of food and they can keep playing or walking around (these are for when we are at the park, not at home) with their little snacks. So I might put a teaspoon of ranch and three baby carrots, some trail mix, 2-3 animal crackers, ect.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:51 PM   #5
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Thanks!! For now I'm staying away from fruits veggies and dips bc I can't contain the baby and the sauces, juicy fruit, etc. and if something drops, I prefer it to be dry bc the baby will eat it off the bleachers lol! Plus wearing gloves and stuff right now it's a hassle! You reminded me of some great things!

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We eat most of our meals on the go.
Between the bus, work, and dance class 4 times a week.


Boiled eggs
Cubed ham
Pulled chicken
Room temp chicke nuggets
Steak strips
Pasta noodles.the penna work well plain
Rolled sandwhich meat
The Greek gogurt things
Cubed cheese
Berries
Clementines
Bananas
Raw Broccoli
Raw Cauliflower
Grapes
Celery
Baby carrots
Cucumbers
Crackers with peanut butter
Avocados


Smoothies this is a great way to get them fruit and veggies without the concern of dropping.

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Re: help me fill the kids' bento....

Thanks! since we are *usually* home during the day, I try to give them the messy stuff there. Yogurts, fruits, dips, etc. And also to feed them right before we go. I do sometimes have the naked juice smoothies and kefir in individual sizes in case I feel they need something like that.
He doesn't really like meat. Unless it's the chicken tenders DH bakes with a potato chip crust, spaghetti or tacos, lol.
I could do some mini bagels and cream cheese cut into bites. He loves bagels.
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