My boxes are not complete lunches, they just serve as a snack or accompany a lunch. The ingredients I use are decidedly western; usually a combination of fresh or dried fruits, vegetables, nuts, crackers, cheeses, cold meats, yogurt, dips and occasionally something sweet. You could use anything you want but I generally try to stick with healthy foods. I will occasionally dress up the boxes using bento accessories or making a themed box, usually I keep it simple. Choosing vibrant colorful foods and arranging them neatly is the key to a beautiful snack box.
The boxes are fun to make and fun to eat. Its a great way to add a variety of different tastes to a lunch without having to buy costly and wasteful individually packaged snacks. The foods I use are usually nothing exciting, but when packed together you might find yourself looking forward to snack break even more than usual.
There are many different types of bento boxes to choose from. Generally they are made from plastic or metal and they will often have cute cartoon characters or pictures on them. You can buy bento boxes from Asian supermarkets or online. I prefer to store food in glass whenever possible but any food safe container will work. The majority of my snack boxes are in a 3 cup 7" x 5" glass food storage container by Pyrex. I like the wide shallow container to arrange the food in. You can also use round storage containers.
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