#BetterMe: Bento Session with The BentoMommas and Oreo

As moms, we need creative ways to present food to make it appealing especially to toddlers and picky eaters. Last month, we learned to do just that as we had a #BetterMe session playing with food! The Bento Mommas and Oreo helped us in making creative lunchboxes for our kids! It was a day of bento fun!

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I’m really amazed by the effort of The BentoMommas. Their kids’ bento boxes are works of art! Sometimes, it’s too good to eat! You can see their wonderful creations on their FB Page and individual IG accounts. They also do bento-catering and bento-workshops!

During this workshop, I got overwhelmed with all the bento tools available (yes, they sell these on their FB Page!) But we were told that usual kitchen tools (and sometimes craft tools) can work as well. For example: a jar or glass can be used as a rolling pin; straws can circular cutters and; toothpicks can be used as mini-skewers.

These bento tools and a whole lot more are available for sale on The BentoMommas' FB Page!
These bento tools and a whole lot more are available for sale on The BentoMommas’ FB Page!

My creativity and fine-motor skills were tested in this session! We were taught 2 bento boxes that day: a rice box with a charaben and a sandwich bento box.

Here’s how to make a bear onigiri:

Use a clear wrap as molder. Using your hands, mold brown rice into a circle. This will serve as the base of the bear.
Use a clear wrap as molder. Using your hands, mold brown rice into a circle. This will serve as the base of the bear.
Using white rice, make a smaller circle to act as a definition to the bear's face.
Using white rice, make a smaller circle to act as a definition to the bear’s face.
Using small mounds of brown rice, make the ears and attach using mayo! The bear's face details are made out of nori. Bear-y good!
Using small mounds of brown rice, make the ears and attach using mayo! The bear’s face details are made out of nori. Bear-y good!
Ta-daaaah! So proud of my first bento box!
Ta-daaaah! So proud of my first bento box!

The sandwich bento box was turned into a mini-competition among us. The folks from Oreo were to be the judges, and I’m sure they had a hard time since everyone made cute and awesome sandwiches!

Some of the sandwich bento boxes!
Some of the sandwich bento boxes!

As I learned, bento boxes should be a complete meal so desserts are a must! And Oreos make for a nice treat because everyone loves ‘em! My toddler always gets a pack whenever we’re at the grocery or wherever he sees them being sold! His current favorite are the Transformers flavor, which is only available until supplies last.

Thank you for a fun-filled bento day, Oreo!!!
Thank you for a fun-filled bento day, Oreo!!!

With Z starting school in a few months, I’ve been practicing with his breakfast and snack boxes because I need a lot of practice and more bento workshops from The BentoMommas!

For more bento-fun, follow these social media accounts:

EMAIL bentomommas@gmail.com
INSTAGRAM @thebentomommas
TWITTER @thebentomommas

FACEBOOK http://www.facebook.com/bentomommas

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