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Thinking inside the (lunch) box- Gear up for school this fall with creative lunch products

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Featured

Published on July 31, 2019 with No Comments

Pictured are the Bento Kits which include both the insulated lunch bag or sleeve and a Bento Set. Sets and bags are also sold separately.

Summer is winding down and the fall season is slowly approaching. The end of summer brings shorter days, cooler weather, and last but not least… time for back to school. It’s time to get the kids ready with fresh fall wardrobes, sets of school supplies and back-to-school lunch gear.

As an alternative to school lunches, send the kids back to school with Bentology’s creative portion-controlled lunch gear and accessories.This year Bentology is extending its line with fun new lunchbox prints, as well as creative food tools that add tons of character to any meal and put the fun back in eating healthy.

Bentology’s lunch bags are offered in more than 20 different prints and styles, including a shark or a unicorn. Each insulated bag is equipped with multiple convenient compartments, as well as a water bottle holder on the side for additional storage.  The insulated lining is easy to clean and the netted compartment is perfect to store utensils, napkins or even a cool pack. Bentology also offers smaller insulated sleeve bags which are equipped with secure buckles which can be attached to a backpack or bag for easy portability. 

Pack healthy and creative lunches this fall with Bentology’s adorable (and practical) meal gear and accessories.

All Bentology products are available for purchase at www.bentology.com, and most are available at Amazon.com. A small selection of products can be found at most Whole foods and Office Depot stores this summer.

Also, your food will stay fresh for hours in your insulated bag with a Bento Cool Pack. Available in paisley, stripe, owl, alien, kitty, camo and doodle prints, these designer cool packs add a pop of color to your lunch bag while keeping your food fresh.

Thinkinside the boxwith Bentology’s five-piece Bento Sets. Perfect for storing snacks and meals, each Bento Set includes one outer box with five mix-and-match containers conveniently sized for healthy portions. Three containers include leak-resistant, snap-on lids to cover wet foods, and the additional two containers are uncovered for dry foods. Each container is marked with and portioned for a different food group, including: lean proteins, whole grains, vegetables, fruits and healthy fats.

These colorful sets are perfectly sized for both kids and adults and they fit perfectly into each style of lunch bag. The attached snap-on lid seals tightly to keep foods fresh and safe during travel. To open the box, simply press in and pull up the latch.

The company also offers many more designs of ice packs. These can be found at https://bentology.com/product-category/lunch-box-cool-pack.

Bentology is designed to help you pack nutritious bento box lunches for school, work, travel, play or take out. Inspired by single-portion, Bentology provides lunchboxes, lunchbags, and containers for home-packed meals that encourage healthy eating and portion control. To keep you inspired, we provide creative lunch ideas and easy to make lunch recipes. The bento boxes, lunch boxes, ice packs and bento accessories contain no phthalates, BPA, PVC or lead, and are made in the USA.

For a full selection and healthy lunch ideas, visit www.bentology.com.

In addition to offering lunchtime gear, Bentology also offers creativity tools that make mealtime fun. This back-to-school season, make lunchtime fun withBentology’sbrand newsandwich cutters.Offered in elephant, dinosaur, star and butterfly designs, these whimsical cutters shape your sandwiches into your favorite animals.

Pack lunches in half the time!

What would you say if we told you that you could pack your school lunches in under 5 minutes? You’d probably think it’s too good to be true. But with a little planning ahead, you can save time and make delicious, nutritious lunches! Our friend Lisa at 100 Days of Real Food shared her tips on how to freeze sandwiches for stress-free lunch packing and they were so helpful, we decided to share them with you!

Most of the sandwiches you make normally can be frozen. Stick to ingredients when you freeze sandwiches:

  • Cheese: Goat, cheddar, American and mozzarella are all good choices. As Lisa points out, you can grate it to improve the texture.
  • Cooked meats: Use leftover cooked chicken, bacon or deli meat on your sandwiches.
  • Cooked veggies: Raw veggies don’t freeze well, so make sure to cook them before using them in your sandwiches. Try cooking onions, zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, etc!
  • Spreads: Try pesto, hummus or any kind of nut butter. If you’re making peanut butter and jelly, make sure to spread peanut butter on both slices of bread to keep the sandwich from getting soggy.

To store them, wrap each sandwich in foil and mark with the contents and the date it was made. Put it in a freezer-safe bag. Take the frozen sandwich you want for lunch out the night before and let it defrost in the fridge overnight.

Fill the rest of your bento containers with fruits, veggies or other snacks for a quick, healthy and balanced lunch. You’ll be able to cut your lunch-making time in half!

 

NOT good in frozen sandwiches (but could be added just before serving):

  • Lettuce
  • Sliced cucumbers or other raw vegetables
  • Raw onions
  • Pickles

How to Freeze and Defrost Sandwiches

Putting the sandwiches away in the freezer is the easy part, but there are a couple of ways to do it.

How to freeze:

  1. You can portion out the sandwiches, wrap each one in foil, and throw them in one big freezer-safe bag together (don’t forget to mark the contents and date)!
  2. Or you can spread the prepared sandwiches out on a baking sheet, freeze them, and then transfer them to a freezer-safe bag together after they are frozen.

How to defrost:

I personally pull out any frozen school lunch items the night before (whether it’s a sandwich, soup, muffinwaffles, or biscuit) and let it defrost slowly in the fridge overnight. My girls took the sandwiches I made and froze on Saturday to school yesterday (pictured below) and both told me come lunchtime they tasted great! One even said she couldn’t tell at all it had been frozen. She said it tasted just like a regular sandwich I made that morning. Although she actually said it was even “better than a regular sandwich” because it’s hard to beat a yummy grilled panini with tasty ingredients. Even if it’s served cold. Yay!

 

 

 

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