The holiday season is finally here, and with it comes the hustle and bustle of food preparation, gifts and more. If you have just started recovering from a lavish Thanksgiving feast, creating inspired lunch boxes may be the last thing on your mind. So let us inspire you with some bento lunch box ideas for the 2021 holiday season. Remember to use your own creativity as an opportunity to stay festive while providing nutritious, colorful and fun lunches to all the members of your family—including yourself!
Colors Can Tell A Story
When it comes to the holiday season, the most ubiquitous colors are green, red and white. Thankfully, there are a wide variety of healthy and delicious foods that come in these colors, so you can evoke your Christmas spirit in a bento box using many options. Try red grapes, white bread and green veggies; can you layer your snacks like a Christmas tree? Colors play an important role not only in how beautiful food looks but also how our brain perceives it. A wide variety of colors are likely more nutritious and will keep your taste buds on their toes.
Stick To Seasonal Flavors
The visual appeal of a bento box is not the only thing that can say “holidays.” Christmastime and all the holidays surrounding it, like Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, all come with their own unique flavors from the beautiful cultures that celebrate every year. You can base your meal prep on some of the most notorious flavors from these holidays’ foods or go for a more generalized approach using mint, cinnamon, gingerbread and cranberry. A general winter theme can sometimes work better than using a single holiday as your inspiration, and the flavors this season brings are not often seen throughout the rest of the year.
Don’t Forget The Versatility Of Bread
If you are focused on the visual aesthetic of your bento boxes, do not forget that bread is one of the most versatile items you can use. Looking to create a reindeer or penguin out of food? Bread is your go-to option. Sharp cookie cutters can be used to slice bread into the perfect shape, and you can send your kids off with a bento box full of delicious veggie and fruit pieces made into the right shapes for them to build their own Christmas character on shaped bread! For added seasonal flair, try skipping the white bread in favor of healthy whole grain, pumpernickel or gingerbread. And if you need a white background for snow or to hit your seasonal color palette, bread can often do the job.
Leave Some For Santa
In many homes, it is a tradition to leave some food out for Santa on Christmas Eve, and bento boxes can be a fun way to get the kids involved—and snacking healthily. Whether you leave milk and cookies arranged beautifully in a bento box or opt for cheese (for Santa) and celery (for the reindeer), the whole family can put together a delicious bento on Christmas Eve and snack along the way.
Why The Bento Box You Choose Matters
No matter how you plan on realizing your holiday vision for lunch, the bento box that you choose every day matters. Many plastic bento boxes and other food storage options are made of materials that can leach BPA, lead, PVC and other unwanted contaminants into the food you store inside. Over time, these toxins can impact your health—even if what you are storing in those bento boxes is healthy food. Be sure you have chosen your bento boxes carefully so that you can avoid these unwanted effects from plastics. And by opting for a safer bento, you will also enjoy a longer life for all of your boxes and food storage, since they are made of more durable materials.
Trust Kangovou For Safe, Effective Bento Boxes And More
Whether you are looking for more bento box inspiration for the holidays and beyond or you are concerned about the safety or durability of your current bento boxes, it is best to seek guidance from a reputable source. At Kangovou, we understand that plastic bento boxes come with the risk of PVC, lead, BPA, melamine and phthalate contamination in your food—which is why we have worked hard to develop a safe bento box made of safe metals that will last for a long time. If you need new bento boxes to display your holiday inspiration, take a look at the options we have to offer. We would be happy to help you determine which items are right for you.