Becoming a mom has changed and challenged me in many ways. One of the most significant changes has been my eating habits. Growing up in a Puerto Rican family, I remember eating a lot of rice, beans and meat. There was very little fruits and vegetables on my dinner plate (I was a picky eater so their may have been and I just did not eat it). In my young adult days, I lived on Pepsi and Ring-Dings because my metabolism was faster than light. Fast forward to today and I am now a mom with a daily challenge of feeding not only myself… but my daughters who are 4 and 6 years old.
I will say that I am fortunate that my girls enjoy food and will eat almost anything that I give them (for now at least). However, I still struggle with making sure I keep them interested in all foods. On a daily basis, I strive to expose my girls to a variety of healthy foods (before they get to know the wonders of sugary desserts and snacks). Being a good role model and actually eating healthy myself (with the occasional Ring-Ding when they are sleeping) has also been one of my top priorities… but it has not been easy. Packing lunches has been especially challenging for me and definitely was in need of an update.
Now, I do not live under a rock. However, I will admit that it was only this past August that I was introduced to a great solution for my lunch packing challenges… a Bento Box. Prior to that, I packed the girls lunches in ziploc bags and the occasional glass container. I would throw it in their lunch box and call it a day because that’s what I knew. After many squished sandwiches and fruits… and of course complaints from the girls… I have made it a goal to be more conscious about how I organize and prepare their school lunches. This has involved me trying several Bento Boxes including the Bento Box by Bentology.
The first thing that resonates with me about Bentology is that they are not a company just trying to sell a product. They are actually educating consumers about eating healthy and providing ideas on creating healthy lunches for the entire family through their blog which posts weekly menu ideas, recipes and more. It is a belief very similar to Beautycounter (click here to find out why I became a beautycounter consultant) and it is so admirable.
Second, I love that the Bento Boxes are for all ages. I can pack a lunch for my daughters providing them with a variety of options of food to choose from. This increases the chances that they actually eat (great for picky eaters). The Bento Box set is also slim and takes up minimal space in their backpack. As for myself, packing a lunch is easier since I know that my lunch will be in perfect portions. One of my ongoing goals is to continue to eat healthier and this is a great tool to help. Additionally, I can slip the bento box set into my purse when I am working at my daughter’s preschool. The fact that they have different colors and prints suitable for kids and adults is another feature that makes the Bento Box suitable for all ages.
Lastly, Bentology Bento Boxes are safe. What I mean by safe is that the containers are: food safe (no lead, BPA, phthalates or pvc), leak resistant, microwave safe and dishwasher safe. The insulated sleeve is fully insulated and also food safe (no lead, BPA, phthalates). This is very important to consider when purchasing any product to be used with food. Environmental toxins can have such a great impact on the body (as a Pathologists’ Assistant I know first hand) so it is not a topic to take lightly.
As a mom, I know that I will continue to change and be challenged. Learning along the way is part of the process of and I am ok with that. I also know that us moms need to stick together so if I can share a tip, idea or product that may be useful I will. So if packing lunch is a challenge for you, the solution may very well be a Bentology Bento Boxes.
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My name is Michelle and I am the wife of the hardest working man I know, the Mami of 4 beautiful and AMAZING kids (3 girls and 1 boy) and a Pathologists’ Assistant turned Stay at Home Mami turned Owner and Creative Director of Mami Works Design Studio, LLC. I am super excited to share my experiences and learn from you. As women/moms/entrepreneurs, we must stick together and support each other!