Bento Bits

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Wasn’t quite sure how to call this Bento, but basically there are sweet bits and savoury bits in it!

This bento wasn’t made for myself, I made it for a friend who was staying with me whilst working in London. She didn’t need a bento for lunch (had already other plans) but did need one to sustain her during the day, hence the bits and pieces.

She chose the lovely rabbit/cherry blossom box for packing, so I thought that a rabbit shaped egg would be quite fitting. Other bits packed are cheese hearts and cucumber stars, blossom carrots and a few grapes. The container at the back holds all the sweets bits, ie some different pieces of cake (marmalade and carrot), a chocolate, some nougat, a cake pop (with the white chocolate flower) and more filled chocolates.

I guess this bento doesn’t really count as a fully balanced bento, even though it contains at least 2 portions of your 5 a day (or is it 10 a day now?), but way too much sugar…

It was quite fun though to pack a bento for someone else. Recently I have just been quickly packing some left overs or soup (or instant ramen …!…) into a box for myself without making much effort in creating something good looking. I do think the sweet bits look a bit boring because the colours are all similar but not much that one can do about that. However,Β the savoury part has all the different shapes cut out and is more vibrant in colour, which made a huge difference.

And my friend did agree with me that food that looks cute(r) does taste better. She even felt inspired to start cutting her cucumber and carrot into food shapes once she’s back home πŸ™‚

 

5 a day Bento?

Last month there was a lot of media attentionΒ here in the UK about upping our veg & fruit intake to 7 a day instead of the recommended 5 a day.

We were talking about this at work, and it is actually quite hard work to get those 7 portions….

I normally eat some fruit for breakfast or during the morningΒ (so that’s 1), at least 2 portions with dinner in the evening (makes 3) and about 2Β portions during lunch, which makes 5 in total.

It depends a bit of course on what a “portion size” is. For example, I can snack a lot on cherry tomatoes, but how many are in a portion, 2?3?4?

Anyway, I do think that this Bento definitely added to my 5 (or 7) portions today:

 

7-a-day-bento

 

On the left: some miso marinated chicken, cucumber pieces and rice. On the right: cherry tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce and carrots. Some seaweed to snack and gochujang in the container to dip the vegetables in.