I’m always excited to attend #BetterMe sessions. I love the learnings and self-discoveries I get from our speakers. But the last #BetterMe was extra special because I got to share it with my little kuya. We learned how to make bento boxes!
If your kids are your kids picky eaters like mine, this is one thing you can try to entice them to eat better. I’ve tried almost everything just to make them eat healthy food: Bribed them with dessert or toys, pleaded with them and even threatened them. I’m hoping this will work!
Thanks to Oreo Philippines, we had the Bento Mommas to teach us the art of bento making. I actually follow these mommies on Instagram and I’m amazed by their creations! So, what’s a bento anyway? I’m sure you’ve seen or ordered them in Japanese restos where they put a whole meal in one box. Bento Mommas follows the same concept, putting one whole meal in a box… in this case, their kids’ baon. But they make it extra fun and attractive to eat by shaping it into different characters or figures.
Our instructors for the day were Monet, April and Kaye. We were already provided materials and ingredients.
As you can see, there’s a good mix of healthy food with rice, veggies, fruits and protein (chicken not in the picture). And… dessert… Oreo!
We were also provided our materials. When doing this at home, there’s no need to buy expensive containers or tools. Just be resourceful and look for items around the house. A straw can be used to cut circles for eyes, or even punchers. Just make sure tools for food should not be used for anything else.
We started with a simple panda face using two kinds of rice and nori. We used Glad resealable bags to help us make the shape. The parts of the face were cut from nori. We also used mayo to keep the ears in place.
O, diba! Looks like a panda naman!
Make sure you have clean hands when handling food. The Bento Mommas made us wash our hands very well, even if we had gloves on.
One basic bento concept the mommas told us was to keep our bento box tightly packed to keep the shape intact.
So, what do you think of my finished product?! I’m actually proud! But when I showed it to my little kuya, he said he just wanted to eat the chicken and the Oreos. Nyeh! We need to work a little bit more to make him eat rice and veggies.
Our second bento was also our entries for the Bento Challenge. The winner will bring home a bento making book. We had to make sandwiches shaped like animals using Oreo cookies! We used the cookie itself and the filling.
They demonstrated making a cat… cute noh?! And pretty easy to make.
I ended up making a reindeer. Used chocolate bread for the face and white bread for the antlers. The eyes and nose were actually Oreo fillings. I added chocolate chips for the eyes and nose, and candy sprinkles for the antlers. Added fruits and more Oreos.
But my gosh, typical SoMom… the others really went all out on their creativity!!! Look at the other entries!
And the winner of the Bento Challenge is… drum roll please!
Tina Ong, the Phenomenal Mama! Phenomenal talaga di ba?!
My son and I had so much fun! I had fun making bento, while he had fun eating all the Oreo cookies on the table. Haha!
Here are some Bento wisdom from the Bento Mommas…
- Make sure the basic food groups are covered: GO, GROW and GLOW food
- Keep your bento tightly packed
- Expand your collection of bento tools slowly but surely
- Draw inspiration from other bentos – but do not let them limit your creativity
- Keep calm and bento on!
Thank you Oreo for making this possible. And thank you Marie Baretto and Princess Pacanuayan for “babysitting” my boy!