Bento Baby

I'm usually a leader, but hear I go following again. One of my MySpace & Flickr friends is into Bento Boxes...what is a Bento box you ask? Well, I had to find that out too. I really didn't "get it" and kinda still don't. But, for some reason there is this huge fascination and almost cult for these dang thangs. They are basically a Japanese style lunch box. From what I have "researched" into this little world, it is almost a lifestyle of how to eat and can become a way of dieting and being healthy. The boxes are teeny tiny, so your proportions are much smaller than an American would typically eat. And, the most important cool thing about Bento's is they are so dang cute. I love sushi and am finding recipes and how to build your bento meals that seem very healthy and economical. Cooking Cute is a great resource for explanation and recipes...check it out. So, the main thing for me is having a healthy diet and hopefully loosing some weight in the process. This will make a nice little meal planning for me and since I don't really cook, it should be easy and cheap to make meals. I'm this close to becoming a vegitarian. I've been totally turned off by beef/chicken/pork lately. Thanks to reading "Fast Food Nation", I think it put me over the edge. I will never eat at a fast food restaurant again. I think I've gone 2 months so far. Using the Bento, I will eat more fish, salmon and tuna especially and vegitables and fruits and rice. I like all those things put together anyway. Lastly, the other side of Bento is how you make your food presentation. There's some bizarre stuff out there. So, I'm sure you will be seeing silly photos of my little Bento meals on the ol' blog. I think I've been brain-stormed.

There aren't a lot of shops on-line to find these sweet little lunch boxes. I just ordered this blue one, which had most of the features that I wanted from J-Box out of Japan. I am sick I couldn't get the Hello Kitty one, but it is not microwavable...dang! I like to have a little more flexibility. The blue one I can do hot or cold and I can always add to my collection later if I find more that I just have to have. This is the last thing I need, another project or collection. Posted by Picasa


jen o said...

i just ordered (i think) the red one just like that!!! uhh i checked "paypal" and it said THANKS and didn't take me to paypal. maybe i'll get it for free?

i loaded up on goodies at super cao nguyen. tofu, jicama, cucumber, furikake, etc. yip!

Amy said...

Oh, Bento! Those kits *are* so cute. I love this entry. Too bad my appetite has become MONSTEROUS this week! The bigger the baby gets, the more I want to eat.

But this could definitely be a possibility when the time comes to shed the baby fat.

I'm sick about Hello Kitty not being microwaveable too.

Lisa said...

These are so cool. And I love your idea of this helping one to eat healthier. I'll have to check these out.

Anonymous said...

I use 100% pure liquid egg whites because the mix instantly in my shakes and foods without cooking egg whites