Posts Tagged ‘healthy’

Surf’s up! Healthy Surfboard Bento Lunch {A Guest Post}

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

surf's up healthy bento lunch a

While I am taking care of Evan as he recovers from his tonsil and adenoid removal surgery, the wonderful, talented and oh so sweet Rebecca from Bentos on the Bayou graciously agreed to fill in for me! Thank you so much to Rebecca for pulling double duty writing for both her blog and mine so I can focus on my little guy! Be sure to visit her blog to see other creative and healthy lunches! Or if you prefer follow her Facebook Page! I’m a big fan in case you can’t tell ;) !




My name is Rebecca and my blog is Bentos on the Bayou.  I am incredibly honored and excited to be your guest blogger today!  I am a homeschool mom of a 12 year old daughter and a 4 year old son.  My son has severe food allergies, so all the lunches on my blog are peanut & tree nut free.  Deb’s lunches have always been some of my favorites, so when the opportunity presented itself for me to write a guest post for her, I was extremely humbled.  Deb and I share a passion for providing nutritious & natural meals for our families, which is one reason I was drawn to her blog in the first place.  I feel so blessed that through our shared passion, we have also become friends.

Today, I am sharing a simple but fun surfboard lunch (pictured above).  My daughter recently began learning to surf, so this lunch is to honor her and her passion for the ocean.  I know that Deb and her family also enjoy the beach, so it is a perfect lunch to share today.
What’s in the Box?
Bed of Steamed Brown Rice (mixed with a little white rice I had leftover)
Palm Tree – 1/2 Large Pretzel Stick with halved Snow Peas layered for the branches
Surfboards – Yellow Squash & Carrot
Also included:  Raw Broccoli, Red Leaf Lettuce, Carrot Sticks, Baby Cucumber, Cherry Tomatoes, Tiger Stripe Fig, Smoked Turkey w/ Provolone Roll-Ups
Thank you for allowing me the pleasure of your company today!

Bentos on the Bayou

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

garden grow

Inspiration is everywhere? It is in your everyday! Sometimes we are just not in the mindset to see it or feel it. I admit to feeling somewhat “meh” lately. I haven’t felt my creative mojo flowing. I have certainly seen some pretty inspiring things lately but nothing has really kick started my creativity. Maybe I have been looking too hard or maybe I’m just exhausted! Sometimes though inspiration just sneaks up on you when you don’t expect it and you feel it, even if just for a moment.

As you may know I work full-time. You probably don’t know that my office has a fabulous receptionist (why would you know that lol?). She is the friendly, competent kind who is always willing to help someone and ready with a quick compliment to lift you when you need it. She is always creating activities to bolster moral and keep my colleagues and I invested in interacting with each other. Recently she challenged us all with a “How does your garden grow?” photo exhibit. That is, she asked us to bring in our personal photos to be displayed in the company cafeteria in the theme of things that grow in nature (it’s open for interpretation).

So I suppose about now you are thinking “what does this have to do with lunch”? Ha! Well, today’s lunch was inspired by the “How does your garden grow” theme. You see her theme got me interested. I actually went through my personal photos and remembered once again how much I love to take photos. I remembered why I stop and take pictures every single day of my life. I remembered that inspiration really is everywhere in everyday. If she is reading, I thank her for the inspiration!


  • Pretzel thins
  • Naval oranges and blackberries
  • Sugar snap peas and carrot chips
  • Flower sandwiches (turkey with mozzarella)

Sandwich was created using 3 cutters: 1 small flower, 1 small circle, 1 smiley face

This lunch is not gluten-free BUT simply swap the pretzel thins for a gluten free pretzel and the bread for a gluten-free bread. Everything else is gluten-free and these are very easy substitutions to make. Gluten-free bread can sometimes be crumbly but should withstand the flower and circle cutters without issue.

Do note that portions pictured are child sized. If you need more food add more!

Since I pulled together some of my favorite garden type photos I thought I would share one that I submitted to the exhibit! This was taken at the Copley Square Farmer’s Market in Boston.

 copley farmers market



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Make it Count!

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

calorie count lunch


I want to be healthy! I try to be diligent about it. I TRY to be mostly artificial free, mostly organic, and mostly Non-GMO! For my 2 year old son Evan I even try to be gluten-free (he is, I just try)! I put a fair amount of effort into it all! The one thing I haven’t really tried to do though is count calories, not until recently that is! I never really gave much thought to calories in and calories out. So I have added this to my healthy checklist! I am in my 40s and have 4 children, 2 of them under the age of 4, and I want to be around a long time to enjoy them! Maintaining a healthy body weight therefore has to be important to me too!

I don’t want to be hungry all day though! Oh no! My life is chaos and I need to stay focused! Hunger is distracting and OK I fess up, hunger also makes me cranky! Lately I have tried to put together lunches that will give me big portions for less calories. I also try to give myself variety so I have the option of eating a few items as a snack if hunger strikes before lunch hour! I do this by mixing in a portion of fresh fruits and veggies that is 1/2 or more of my total lunch!

Here is an example in my lunch today:

calorie counted

This lunch in total was under 450 calories! Believe me, this lunch was very filling! Don’t you think it looks filling? Some would argue that fruits and veggies are not filling enough. There are always some who will argue! I say if you are drinking water and eating smaller portions through out the day you should be fine. That being said if you need more then simply make some adjustments. You could always swap out the mango for pretzels, popcorn or crackers! You could toss in a Babybel Cheese! Definitely adjust and do consider what the proper calorie intake is for you! My Easylunchboxes container always makes it easy to control portions and add variety that appeals to my eyes and stomach! I have to admit I am excited to open my lunch on my lunch hour! I follow up lunch with a walk or jog and then back to work!

I am not a fitness expert but 8 weeks in to my consideration of calories in and calories out, I find myself down 12 pounds. To me that is 12 pounds healthier…. check!



Note: Calories are estimated. Do consider consulting your doctor before starting a diet and exercise regimen!

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