School in East Greenwich is back in session and everyone is getting into the swing of things. Kids are at bus stop corners, parents are driving kids to soccer, and the smell of new pencils and paper is in the air. As a child, one of my most favorite times in school was lunch (go figure!). By nature, I am a food lover. My whole life revolves around food. I love to plan meals, cook food and watch my family enjoy eating the things I’ve made for them. School lunches are part of that.

After being yelled at by my very “green” sister for packing my son’s snack in a zip-lock baggy during art class this summer, I decided to hit the stores in search of some “bento boxes” for my family. While at TJ Maxx I found just what I needed – five colorful bento boxes made by Sistema. I am in love with this company as they have great Tupperware-like products for children and adults. After washing the new boxes I immediately started to brainstorm ideas of what to put into them. Bento boxes are a fun way for the whole family to get creative and eat healthy. They have compartments for different food items and keep everything separate – which makes eating from them exciting, especially for kids! I even bought them for my son’s teachers this year – they made a great back-to-school gift.

So head out to find your own bento box or order online. The fun you can have with these boxes is endless and kids (adults too!) will love helping you pack their own snack/lunch. It will encourage healthy eating as well … always a plus!

Here’s the website for Sistema bento boxes: Happy Back to School!

 The Ragosta Family’s Favorite Bento Box Ideas

We always try to eat a balanced meal when eating from the bento box. The compartments make this easy to do!

1. Roast beef sandwich
2. Strawberries
3. Yogurt to dip fruit

1. Pizza cut into strips
2. Carrot sticks
3. Hummus

1. Pepperoni wheels
2. Cheese cubes
3. Diced mango

1. Ham or turkey roll ups
2. Crackers
3. Cheese slices

1. Grilled chicken skewers
2. Cherry tomatoes
3. Black olives

1. Tuna sandwich squares
2. Pickle
3. Grapes

1. Egg salad sandwich triangles
2. Orange slices
3. Pita chips