Healthy Lunch Idea: Pack a Bento Box!

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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!

What We’re Listening To: The Maccabeats & Matisyahu

Like chocolate and peanut butter, Matisyahu and The Maccabeats are two great (Jewish musical) tastes that taste great together. Check out the Mayim Bialik cameo–by the way I love that Mayim is as geeked out by The Maccabeats as I am. (Totally appropriate for a 30-something mother of two, right? right???)

All three encourage you to give to Miracle Match for the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation and be someone’s miracle this season. Help them raise $10,000 for each night of Hanukkah. All $18 donors get a Miracle mp3 and are entered into a drawing to win some really fun prizes.

I love it when celebrities use their power for good!

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