Have you ever heard of a bento box before? I fell in love with the concept of a bento box when I first started ordering sushi. I would always order the bento box, loving the variety of options I could choose from in just one meal. The bento box is an easy way to divide up the separate dishes, all while keeping everything in one compact area. Alternatively, if I would have ordered each of these menu items to try, I would have gotten 5 or 6 different small dishes, and looked like a pig to anyone passing by my table.
Well fast forward a few years. I no longer order the bento box when I go out, I finally know what I like for sushi (salmon, tuna avocado and cucumber wrapped with cucumber – no rice). But I still love the idea of the bento box. Having a compact place to store all the different food items I pack for lunch is perfection.
Using a bento box for my lunch means I only have to wash one thing, I only have to remember to grab one thing out of the fridge and no one thinks I’m a piggy when they see me walking from the office kitchen back to my desk. True story, I’ve been known to pack 5-6 containers for my lunch/snack in the past. Oh and I keep a giant mason jar at my desk for water and a smaller mason jar for oatmeal 🙂
So when I was asked to try these LifeMarkLabs Bento Boxes, I knew I had to try it. I mean who passes up less dishes? 🙂 So what did I think?
- I was a bit hesitant because I really try not to pack my lunch in plastic containers, but these are BPA free and I don’t heat my food up in the microwave at work, so I was happy to try these out. If you are going to microwave your food, you might want to stick with glass containers.
- What really intrigued me about these bento boxes, besides the awesome fun colors was that they are leak proof. I got pretty excited about this, since I’ve been known to spill my dressing and dipping sauce all over my lunch bag, not only ruining my lunch but also making my cube stink all day. Not fun!
- Made packing lunch a breeze, since I didn’t have to portion out my lunch into different containers and find all the matching lids. Don’t get me started on our overflowing tupperware and pyrex collection.
- Easy to close and easy to carry. Since I didn’t have to worry about these leaking, I was able to just throw them in my laptop bag. I love not having to lug around a huge lunch box into work. Also I was able to play office refrigerator tetris a bit better than normal. I swear sometimes it takes me 5 minutes to find a spot for all my food. Please tell me I’m not alone! To close these you just push on the center so they seal tight then just snap down the four sides. Pretty simple actually!
- I am a volume eater. Is anyone else like me? That means I’m usually packing salads the size of my head. And these were just not big enough for that. But if you are a typical person that eats normal sized food, these would be great for you 🙂 A sandwich or veggie spring rolls would fit great in the large compartment. You could easily put dipping sauce, berries, energy bites, homemade kale chips, you name it in the other sections.
- Since these do seal up tight, they might not be the best idea for little kids, but might be great for teenagers to pack lunch in. I imagine it would fit in their bookbag quite well – hello back to school! Also be careful opening your bento box if you have on light colored clothes and food that could stain them. After opening this a few times, I got the hang of it, but the first few time I opened this I had to say a little prayer. That seal is no joke!
So what do you think? Would you use a bento box? Well now you have a chance to win one! They come in 5 different colors, you can check them out here!
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