It’s amazing how much someone’s experience with food as a young person will shape the way they prepare, eat, and think about food for the rest of their lives.
That’s why we really have to show kids the importance of healthy food at a very young age.
I don’t have kids of my own, but I have gotten close to a lot of little people through years of babysitting, working summer camps, and nannying abroad. And while some kids just seem to have extra picky palettes, I’ve found that the more a child is exposed to healthy foods, the more likely they are to eat them (and love them!)
When kids help create the foods they eat–and when that food is bright, colorful, and fun–they start down the right path of enjoying healthy food and giving mealtime the care and attention it deserves.
Allergy-Friendly Bento Boxes
Bento boxes originated in Japan, but they’ve become popular around the world for kids and adults. They’re perfectly portioned and they’re a great vehicle for getting kids to try a variety of healthy and colorful foods. They’re also super cute, which makes eating them even more fun!
I loved making these allergy-friendly bento boxes for Earth Fare. When making bento boxes, you can keep them simple or add a little detail with cute animals and flowers.
To make the bear:
- Cut out circles of bread and cheese, and arrange as shown
- Slice raisins in half and place on top of the cheese to make the nose and mouth
- Use two black sesame seeds to make the eyes
You can see all of the allergy-friendly ingredients that were used in these bento boxes over on Earth Fare’s blog.
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