I can’t believe we are already in 2017!
This year is going to be a big year for Raina as she enters primary school for the first time. Sighhh… My baby girl is growing up so fast! Can’t believe I have 2 kids in primary school now. Makes me feel so old! *cries*
Anyways, I’m pretty sure mommies of school kids have been busy preparing for their kids to go back to school. Uniforms, books, stationeries, school bags, school shoes… Hmm what else?
Oh yes, lunch boxes!
I’m actually excited to make cute bentos for my girls to bring to school (well, let’s hope I’m rajin enough to do them everyday hehe). I went to Milo Bento Box workshop with Ayra the other day, and we learned how to make cute bentos using everyday food like rice, sandwiches and noodles. It was super easy and simple! Even kids can do it , I think (with adult’s supervision, of course).
The cooking demo was done by Yan Diana from Kelab Bekal Bento Malaysia.
Yan showed 3 types of bentos – giraffe chicken baguette, Japanese girl egg sandwich and Rapunzel noodle. So cute, right! Each bento box took only about 10-15 minutes to prepare, so that’s pretty quick. Yan’s tips is to prepare the ingredients (washing, chopping, marinate, etc) during the weekend or at least the night before so that you don’t have to rush in the morning.
Here’s our version of the giraffe chicken baguette that Ayra and I made. I did the giraffe baguette; she assembled the broccoli forest. Not bad, huh? Hehe.
There was also a Senior Nutritionist from Nestle, Nurul Illiani Ahmad, who shared about the benefits of packing food for kids to school and how a proper nutrition can affect kids’ performance at school. Consuming the right foods with a balanced nutrition at regular intervals provides kids with sufficient energy and nutrients to help improve their mental alertness so they can focus in class, as well as keep them energised.
She also suggested packing bento boxes for kids before they go to school to ensure that we provide the right nourishment and sufficient energy for kids. It also eases our minds, knowing what our kids eat at school and that they will not go through energy deprivation when we pack a healthy meal or snack, together with a convenient pack of MILO®.
My girls are quite picky eaters so I have to pack food for them to bring to school. I have been packing food for them every day ever since they were in kindergarten, but it’s usually the same thing like sandwiches, pancakes, waffles and nuggets. Most days they would finish the food, but sometimes they won’t even touch it, especially if it’s something “new” to them (apparently, tuna sandwiches are new to them -__-). Because of that, I tend to pack the same food as I don’t know what else to pack for them and how to get them to eat “new” food. I think this bento box would be a great way to get my kids to eat their greens and introduce new food.
Illiani said that at the early stage, it’s ok to mix/cook fruits and veggies with something that is not exactly healthy to make it tastier and attract your kids to eat them. Then as kids started to eat them, slowly substitute the unhealthy ingredients with healthier ones. Why haven’t I thought of this before! LOL. My girls don’t like raspberries, so I’m thinking I could actually make MILO®UHT stuffed raspberries instead. They love MILO®, and I’m sure they would love raspberries with MILO®UHT. Or, I could also serve broccoli with chili sauce or even cheese dip. I think serving fruits and veggies with some kind of dips and sauces would attract kids to eat them. Did I mention that MILO®UHT come with Activ Go so that’s a bonus if you pack it alongside the bento box!
If your kids refused to bring packed food to school, try making them bentos. It doesn’t have to be complicated, maybe you can start off with a simple smiley face or something. After all, kids love cute things!
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