As you probably know, packing a well-balanced bento is more than just tossing leftovers into a box (although sometimes even we do that too 😅). We often get questions from customers asking how they can pack their bento box to make it look as healthy and beautiful as bentos they see on social media and around the internet.
We know that packing a photogenic bento box can seem like daunting task. But don't worry, we're here to help!
First and foremost, you can get the most out of your bento lunch by focusing onvariety! Instead of loading up one side of your box with only one starch or vegetable, use adivider or cupto add just a few pieces of different foods from various nutrition groups. This tactic helps reduce eating fatigue by making your lunch an adventure through various flavors and adds a ton of visual appeal.
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2.Prepare ahead of time! As meal preppers around the world can attest, you're much more likely to bring a healthy meal to lunch if you don't need to prepare in the morning when you're in a rush. One great way to help ensure your prep success is to store your various bento foods in the fridge using bento storage cups like our Freep Cups or Cube Stocker. These convenient cups allow you refrigerate pre-organized food and then stick them directly in your bento box before heading out the door!
3.Pack directionally! We find that working from one side to the other (or in a circle for round bentos) helps prop up food against each other, maximizing the use of vertical space and again adding extra visual appeal. Check out some great examples of this packing technique below:
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A general rule we follow is - the morecolors, the better!
Photo by @idontlikechocolatebrownies on Instagram
And when packing a sandwich, cut it in half and pack vertically for cross-sectional goodness!
Have some bento packing tips of your own? Show us how you prep by tagging your bento photos with#bentoandcoon social media!