Jewels Doskicz is a registered nurse, freelance writer, patient advocate, health coach, and long-distance cyclist. Jewels is the moderator of Diabetic Connect’s weekly #DCDE Twitter chat, and she and her daughter both live healthfully with type 1 diabetes.
Looking for a new twist to your old-school lunchbox? Look no further then a bento box, which will garner you envious stares at the lunch table.
Bento boxes can be a welcome addition to your lunch repertoire. With diabetes, it's even more important to spend some quality time packing a healthful lunch, especially if you are prone to falling into a fast food rut.
What is a bento box?
Without further ado, I'd like to introduce you to the world of bento boxes. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, check out this page of Flickr pictures (keep scrolling) to generate some visual interest.
Bento boxes are reminiscent of kids' plates with their segmented design; however, they aren't just for the under-10 crowd. They serve as a good forget-me-not for all of the food groups, even if that means saving enough space for carrot sticks and grapes.
This smart and easy way to store and serve food comes from Japan. It helps control portion sizes, which is especially important when living with diabetes.
Where can I buy one?
-If you are big on salads for lunch, this bento box from West Elm is great.
-Single and double-decker bento boxes can be found at Fab.
-Stainless steel bento boxes are my personal favorite, and LunchBots has a great variety.
-The fine folks at Wendolonia did the footwork for us; look at their great comparison chart of the most popular bento boxes on the market.
What do you fill them with?
Greatist.com has a wonderful resource to get you started. Check out this article filled with both recipes and their corresponding photos: "34 Healthy and Eye-Catching Bento Box Lunch Ideas."
The sky's the limit, of course—just keep three things in mind: try to make it colorful, hit all of the food groups, and hold off from filling it with a burger and fries.
Made with love (even if you made it for yourself), you can't go wrong with a healthy bento box.