Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Gingerbread Man

Today Ainnsley asked if she could make her own snack. So cute! She picked grapes hummus and pretzels. Clearly having grapes on skewers is the best part, since she gave each grape it's own. She also added a Hershey's Kiss.


Left to Right:
Grilled Cheese Gingerbread Man (fruit leather face) a spoon for a yogurt packed in lunch bag.
Grape Skewers, Clementine Sections

Check out what else is for lunch today at: What's For Lunch Wednesday

Monday, December 13, 2010

a little stocking

Today Ainnsley is back to school after being off sick for 2 days last week.

I sent her with this yummy lunch.

Left to Right:
Cheese cut into a stocking, raisins, and grapes
Whole Wheat bagel with butter
bottom tier has popcorn

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Ainnsley was thrilled with this when I showed it to her this morning :)

Left to Right:
Cucumber (covered because of its moisture)


Bottom Tier
sunflower seed butter and jam sandwich
(whole wheat flat bun, fruit leather scarf, chocolate chip buttons, raisins eyes, carrot noes, cranberry mouth, cheese hat)

Top Tier
Black berries, Nikki's healthy cookie, raisins, carrots and hummus

Be sure to check out what else is for lunch today at What's For Lunch Wednesday

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Tree

The first of  many Christmas themed lunches for Ainnsley;

Left to Right
Mixed berries, cereal bar
Sunflower seed butter and jam sandwich cut into a Christmas tree, decorated with fruit leather

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Simple Snack

Getting back into the groove here...Everyone in my house has had a terrible bug, and we are just now starting to feel normal...if only I could get my house to look normal!

Ainnsley's simple snack...She says the big oranges are better than the little ones (clementines) Our last box of clementines was not the best, and Naval Oranges are looking great.

Left to Right:
Orange slices
Hummus and these great bread sticks I found with fantastic ingredients.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Lunchbot

So excited to get my lunchbot in the mail yesterday! I really like this one; stainless instead of plastic, and there is a lot of room inside. I saw on their facebook page that they are coming out with some little sealable containers for yogurt and such and that would be the perfect addition!

Left to Right
Grape Skewers, organic cereal bar
Crackers and the letter H cheese, carrot sticks and hummus

A terrible picture, but these little bars are just the perfect size, and have a great ingredient list.

Check out what else is for lunch today @ What's for lunch Wednesday

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Ainnsley's class focuses on a letter and colour each week. This week it is Pink and the letter H. I was excited to buy this Wilton alphabet and number fondant cutter set last week. I needed it to make Grady's Birthday Cake, and now it is the perfect addition to my bento making madness!


Left to Right
WW apple, raisin bread
Lemon snap cookies, grapes with pink bunny fork, clementine sections, and some pink strawberry cream cheese to spread on the bread (she asked to be able to spread it herself, I sent a little kiddie knife) and the word PINK cut out of fruit leather

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Little Ducks

Ainnsley's snack and lunch for today. she requested a grilled cheese sandwich. I told her it would be cold, and she said that was OK. We shall see if she eats it :)

I made these Krispy Treats last night for the kids. I switched the peanut butter with sunflower seed butter so they would be nut free and school safe. They turned out pretty good. I must say the peanut butter is much better, so if you were to make them not for school, use that instead. However they were still sweet and yummy, and my kids ate them with no complaint (didn't even notice)


Left to Right:
Grapes, clementine sections
Krispy Treat, duck shaped cheese


Left to Right:
Flower shaped grilled cheese, Krispy Treat
Apple slices and blueberries (not sure what it is supposed to be...)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

What's For Lunch Wednesday (week 24)

Today I had a specific request for blueberries...


Left to Right:
Carrot Sticks and Hummus
Grapes, Blueberries, and Nikki's Healthy Cookies (rice flour instead of almond flour)

Lunch:  It is sub day at school today, so this is just some stuff for her to have on the side.

Left to Right:
Clementine sections and a few pomegranate seeds, apple sauce, and stix

Found these new in the store today! Great ingredient list...well I wish it was sea salt and not just salt, but it will do.

Check out what else is for lunch today: What's for lunch Wednesday

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A couple of snacks

Left to Right:
Nikki's Healthy Cookie (brown rice flour instead of almond flour; nut free school) Car shaped cheese
Clementine sections, grape skewers

Left to Right:
Carrot sticks, Kiwi, cucumber slices
Box of raisins, Whole grain fig newtons
(as much as I pride myself on being waste free, it seems with cucumber in the lunch box, everything becomes moist, and she wont eat it, so I wrapped up the newtons)

Monday, November 8, 2010

New Bento

Well Stinky! I didn't win Another Lunch's Bento Giveaway! lol

Add these to my Wish list!!

Or this one!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

My little Star

Today's snack and lunch for Ainnsley.

I have been letting her pick one Halloween treat each day for her lunch. This certainly takes away from it being a *clean* bento, but I truly believe I need to teach her how to eat a treat in moderation. Lets face it, is she going to eat a chocolate bar at some point in her life? yes. So I hope I can teach her to just have 1...don't binge, splurge and then go back to eating healthy, don't have guilt associated with your eating, just have a small treat and keep eating and enjoying life the way you always have. We only trick or treat around our block, so there is enough candy for her to have a treat in her lunch for basically just this week.

I have lived my entire life until recently on the *starts Monday* diet.. Likely because that is what I saw my mother do *sorry mom!* haha. I just don't want to set Ainnsley up for that trend...there just needs to be balence :)

ok so on with the lunch....

Star cheese, crackers, box of raisins
Lemon snaps, raspberries

Chicken salad on a ww flat bun, babybel cheese
Apple sauce, chocolate bar

See what else is for lunch today @ What's for lunch Wednesday

Friday, October 29, 2010

Witch Bento

My last Halloween bento

This was her snack, she took soup for lunch today.

Left to Right:
Cantaloupe, Witch (a seed cracker,shredded cheese and fruit leather and a cupcake topper)
Grape skewers, lemon snap cookies

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween Bento

My attempt at a halloweenish bento! I made a sad attempt at a broccoli Frankenstein, and when I showed it to Ainnsley she didn't even know who it was haha, but she still liked it :)

Left to Right:
Pumpkin Muffin, ghost cheese skewer
Cantaloupe bites and real fruit straws


Left to Right:
Grape Skewers
Broccoli Frankenstein made from cheese, fruit leather and carob chips with container of hummus to dip
Mini pita pockets stuffed with salmon salad made into a Jack0Lantern
(carob chips, fruit stips, spinach stem)

Check out what else is for lunch today: Whats for Lunch Wednesday

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Left to Right:
strawberry/kiwi skewers


Left ot Right:
grapes, salmon salad sandwich
pickles and spelt ginger snaps

Friday, October 22, 2010

Another pumpkin

Today Ainnsley was just tickled by her little pumpkin...I think mostly the carob chip smile :)

Left to Right:
Sunflower seed butter and Jam sandwich, Jack O Lantern made of cheese, a bit of cucumber skin, dried cranberries and carob chips.
Cucumber slices, ginger snap cookies, and raspberries,

Check out some other great lunch ideas here: What's for Lunch Wednesday

Thursday, October 21, 2010

More Lunches

It is hard to come up with titles for these posts! :) Here are some pics from the last couple of days.

Left to Right: 
Leaf Cheese and Crackers, Ginger Snaps
New leaf picks used to skewer grapes
Left to Right:
Bottom tier popcorn
Raspberries, cucumbers, and a leaf shapped chicken salad sandwich (in plastic wrap because the cucumber gets wet)

Left to Right:
Toast, hummus
Clementine sections, ground cherries

Left to Right:
Sunflower seed butter and jam sandwich, carrot sticks
Clementine, trail mix (pumpkin and sunflower seeds, carob chips and dried cranberries)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Salads and Rolls

I have two days worth of bentos to share.

Yesterday was Pizza Day at my daughters school, so I sent her with a snack and then a salad and some fruit to go with her pizza. (of course not much salad was eaten, but trying to teach her about a balanced meal)


Left to Right
Hummus, Crackers, and Grapes


Left to Right:
Clementine sections, Grape Skewers
Salad with cheese and carrots, and she LOVED the little bunny container of dressing

Today's Snack:

Left to Right:
Pumpkin Muffin, Raisins, container of Hummus
Clementine Jack O Lantern, Carrot Sticks

Today's Lunch:

Left to Right:
Apple Slices
Car Cheese, Crackers, Cream Cheese and Jam Rolls

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Out of all the lunches so far, this one got the biggest and best reaction from *A*

I have to try the muffins again, I ran out of baking powder, these didn't rise!
Also thank you Newlywed Food Adventures for the idea with the Clementine


Left to Right
Jack O Lantern Clementine, Grape Skewers
Pumpkin/Carob Muffin, Cheese cut into leaves


Left to Right:
Nothing says day after Thanksgiving like a left over turkey sandwich shaped like a Jack O Lantern
Crackers, Carrots, Hummus
(the bottom tier to this bento was also filled with popcorn)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Trail mix

TGIF! Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians.

Today I tried out throwing together a little trail mix for her. She was excited! I did have to be sure and tell her not to just eat the carob chips :)


Left to Right:
Trail mix (raw pumpkin and sunflower seeds, raisins, cranberries, carob chips) lemon snap cookies, cream cheese for the sticks
Mary's Organic sticks and twigs, pink watermelon from this weeks CSA

Left to Right:
Sunflower seed butter and Jam sandwich, flower made of cheese and fruit leather
crackers for the cheese, lemon snap heart cookies, raspberries

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Gobble Gobble!

A thanksgiving inspired lunch :)

Left to Right:
strawberries, heart shaped spelt lemon snaps
sunflower seed butter and jam sandwich made into a turkey with cheese and fruit lether
(there are 2 sandwiches, a large and small circle)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Little Animals

Ainnsley was really pleased when she saw the new little animal picks in her grapes :) I made some yummy Oatmeal Summer Squash muffins last night. I will post the recipe soon.


Summer squash muffin, grape skewers
strawberries, star cheese


Left to Right:
cream cheese filled crackers, egg salad wrap with fruit leather hearts
spelt lemon snap heart cookies, raisins

Check our what else is for lunch on Wednesday's here:

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Snack for a Tuesday

Totally forgot to take a picture of her lunch today! It was a cute apple shaped sandwich too! oh well...


Left to Right
Maple leaf shaped cheese, 7 grain crackers, yellow watermelon
pickles, heart lemon snap cookies, raisins

Monday, October 4, 2010

The leaves are starting to fall

Fall is my favourite time of year. I love all the colours, the temperature, the smell of the air, and all the wonderful food that comes in our CSA share from Circle Organic Community Farm

So excited about the beautiful melons we got for the first time this year in our box


Left to Right:
Maple and Oak leaf shaped cheese, and 7 grain crackers
Strawberries, and grape skewers

Left to Right:
Sunflower seed butter and jam sandwich, fruit leather maple leaf, and some leaf cheese
Mary's organic sticks and twigs, some spelt lemon snaps,
the most delicious yellow watermelon from our CSA.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Little Apple Crisp

Last night I made a batch of little Maple Apple Crisps. They turned out delicious, and Ainnsley was excited to get one in her lunch today. you can find the recipe here: Fresh4five

Left to Right:
Mini Maple Apple Crisp, Raisins
Cheese, clementine sections

Left to Right:
Carrots and little container of hummus, Egg salad whole wheat wrap
Energy balls

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Another Frog

Ainnsley asked me when she got home from school yesterday if she could have another frog sandwich in her Princess and the Frog box for today. I was happy to accommodate :)

Yesterday the mail man also delivered some of the new things for Bento making that I ordered off Ebay. YEAH! like the new frog mini fork seen in her lunch, and the bow pick, used in her "mini shaped energy balls".

The energy balls are a big hit around here with everyone. I found the recipe here on; The Whole Life Nutrition I also have them featured here on my healthy recipe blog; Fresh4five


Left to Right:
flower shaped cheese and 7 grain crackers
Strawberries, Energy Ball Mini, Clementine sections


Left to Right
Frog shaped Sunflower butter and jam sandwich,
Cut up Strawberries and new froggy fork :), 3 small Energy Balls