4 Reasons Why You Should Eat A Healthy Bento

Tried to convince your child to eat their veggies–and failed? Made one-too-many meaty and oily lunches? Well, for the Japanese, eating healthy doesn’t seem to be a problem. Japanese moms make lunches known as ‘bento‘, which means ‘a meal served in a box’ or in Filipino terms a ‘baon‘.  The obvious difference is that a bento includes a variety of healthy foods that transform dull-looking veggies into cute cartoons, anime and animals that your kids will surely love!

What’s even more amazing is that the art of making a bento starts from planning a nutritiously balanced meal filled with vegetables, proteins and fruits. This isn’t just for children, either. Adults and teenagers bent on eating a healthy diet can eat it, too! A bento can look simple or classy depending on your personal taste and how you make it.

What are the benefits of eating a healthy bento?

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4. It’s Healthy!

The formula for preparing a bento is fairly simple. Just divide your food container into 4 parts: 1 part should consist of protein (fish, chicken, egg), 1 part should consist of carbs (rice), and the last 2 parts should be filled with veggies. This ensures that your meal is nutritiously balanced! How you divide it is all up to you, though. It’s also a great way to limit too much meat, calories and fat in your diet! A bento is great for picky kids to eat healthy. Just cut up some vegetables into cartoon characters and your kids will surely give their veggies a try!

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3. It’s a Great Way to Introduce New Foods.

Bento boxes are a good way to widen the palate of your children! Including small portions of one dish will surely introduce them to new veggies and dishes that they don’t usually eat.

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2. It’s Good for Weight Loss!

A bento requires you to avoid candy, junk food and oily food. It’s also a great way to monitor your calorie intake. Make sure you follow the general rule: 1 part should consist of protein (fish, chicken, egg), 1 part should consist of carbs (rice), and the last 2 parts should be filled with veggies. Packed tightly, the milliliter size of your lunch box will be the same as the number of calories you consume in one meal. A simple method for a healthy diet!

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1. It’s Homemade!

Given the extremely hot temperatures in the Philippines, food spoilage is not an uncommon incident. A contaminated meal may cause diarrhea. A bento prevents this incident because everything’s made fresh from your own home. What better way to ensure your kid’s safety than by preparing the meal yourself?

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Photos by Cosette Cruz

A bento is a great way to enjoy a healthy diet. So, what are you waiting for? Start making a bento– your own creative lunchbox. Got any bento experiences to share? Comment them down below!






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