If anyone is looking for a way to shake up their or their kid's lunch routine, I would highly suggest getting a bento box. There is something really special about it. You can pack pretty much any kind of food and go crazy with the creativity. And because the box, itself, is a bit of a novelty it is sure to spark some lunch time conversation. It was really special preparing the meal with my daughter and seeing how excited she was to take it to school. She also requested that I go online and look up information about Japanese bento boxes so that she could tell her friends about it. (Has anyone ever heard of the Dewey Decimal System... okay, dating myself). Thankfully, our printer was having issues otherwise a bunch of 5 year olds would have been handed a sheet telling them everything they ever wanted to know about a bento box. (Ella is quite the motivated educator).
When researching bento boxes on the internet, I found this cool website called Laptop Lunches.
Another bonus to packing a bento box, besides healthier eating, is the fact that they are eco-friendly. Their store has some that are BPA free. But if that doesn't float your boat, there are hundreds of other websites out there that carry a variety of lunch boxes. (Another bento box supplier that I love for all kinds of reasons is Plastica, which can be found online or you can visit their store in LA.)
In any case, we are already looking forward to our next bento meal. Maybe cold rice noodles or soba with a slice of some GF/Wheat Free dessert? Fun!