Eating clean and healthy meals is an essential component to any weight loss regimen. Help control portions by packing your lunch in a bento box! A traditional Japanese bento usually contains rice, fish or meat, cooked vegetables and/or salad. Adapt this idea to fit your needs by organizing your favorite healthy foods into a bento of your own. For example, prepare a low-fat egg salad by replacing fat laden mayo with high protein greek yogurt, dill, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Nestle a scoop into a few leaves of butter lettuce or on top of a bed of vitamin rich spinach. Add some small pumpernickel cocktail breads, steamed veggies, a yogurt dressed fruit salad and some heart healthy pistachios punched up with mini chocolate chips and you have the makings of a nutritionally sound and filling lunch! The compartments make portion control simple and are easy to remove and clean when you are done. Kids also love bento lunches. Have fun coming up with new and exciting healthy lunch options!
Posted on December 13, 2011 by krs10gardner