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June 2012

  June 2012  


In this issue you'll find:


What works...Success Stories

Raving About Your Bento Boxes

“I just wanted to let you know that your bento box suits my lifestyle very well. I've been packing my lunches for work now since I received it. Thank you for making it & for sending me the newsletter every month. I've been raving about your bento boxes at work. Every day my co-workers ask me "What's in the box?" I’ve lost some weight too because of the built-in portion control. Keep up the good work guys! Again, thank you very much!”

    -- Bethel Vicari, North York, Ontario



Thanks for Laptop Lunches!

“I love my daughter’s Laptop Lunches bento lunch box!!  Getting the stainless steel lunch jar for my 13-year-old twin girls so they can have warm food for lunch.  Tired of sandwiches and no microwave.  Too expensive for 5 kids to have hot lunch at school daily!  Thanks for Laptop Lunches!!!”

    -- Sandy Rose, Happy Valley, OR



Thank Goodness I Came Across Your Ad!  

"Love it! I was raised in a Japanese house (my mother was from Tokyo) so I'm very familiar with bento boxes. I have many Japanese bento boxes for my children, but they are very small and not useful for sandwiches.

Thank goodness I came across your ad in a Family Magazine! I bought two systems, one for my 7 yr old and one for my 13 mo old daughter. I just know that a year from now she'll take one look at big brother's lunch and will want one too. It was her system we used first. We had a doctor's appointment and I packed my baby's finger food just in case we were there for awhile. Thank goodness I did! She ate all her food and it was nicely kept and presentable. She was very curious about the boxes and all the children were oohhing and aahhing at it."

    -- Sandra, USA



Do you have a success story or photo to share? Email it to us at [email protected].


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From Our Desk to Yours

Happy Beginning of Summer!

It’s hard to believe that the end of the school year is upon us and that graduation season has already begun. Congratulations, graduates! You have much to be proud of! As proud parents ourselves, we know how bittersweet this time of celebration and letting go can be. For us, the celebrations come naturally; it’s the letting go that presents the greatest challenge. But as we move into the more carefree schedule that summer offers, we’re relishing the last few months we have with our sons before they head off to college in August. We hope you find lots of quality family time this month and that you have an enjoyable, stress-free end-of-school season!

FATHER’S DAY SPECIAL: Our Power Lunch Systems are currently on special for Father’s Day! Use coupon code “luvmydad” for $5 off at – extended through June 7th.

REPLACEMENT CONTAINERS: The end of the school year is approaching fast… Do you know where your little dip containers are? If they’re snug as a bug in your bento lunch box, superb! If they’ve taken a hike, met their demise in the garbage disposal, or have been munched on by your beloved 4-legged friend, have no fear. You can purchase replacements for only $1.90 (regularly $2.90) with coupon code “dip-it" at: through June 7th. Available in aqua, avocado, blue, fuchsia, lavender, lime, orange, periwinkle, plum, pink, purple, red, teal, and yellow. At the end of the summer you’ll be so happy that you planned ahead!

NEW LOGO: We’re very excited to present our brand new logo! Look for it online at and on our new packaging as well. Let us know what you think at

QR CODE: Whether you’re eyeing the supermarket aisles wondering what to buy for lunch, in the car waiting for your child to emerge from the school building, or standing in the kitchen contemplating what to pack in that last empty container, you’ll be pleased to know that you can now enjoy our easy lunch ideas, inspirational photos, and how-to video from your phone. Scan our new QR code with your cell phone QR reader, and you’ll have inspiration at your fingertips wherever you go!



From Your Kitchen to Ours

"My laptop lunches have arrived safely in Australia, and my closest friend and I couldn't be more excited! We're both trying to look our best for my upcoming wedding and hopefully having something as awesomely fun as Laptop Lunches is going to help inspire us to eat well!

My first Laptop Lunch is above...That's a win for day one of healthy living! I haven't been this excited about eating lunch in a long time!

Thanks again for your wonderful customer service and overall experience...I am recommending your products to anyone who will listen now!"

    -- Alice, Australia

Food for Thought: Figs

Figs are an excellent source of fiber and antioxidants. They are rich in vitamins and minerals. This calcium rich fruit increases bone density. Its high fiber content aids in digestion and boosts metabolism. The high level of potassium in figs is useful in preventing muscle cramps, reducing blood pressure and controlling hypertension. Figs are helpful in treating asthma and other respiratory disorders. Dried figs are rich in Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, known to assist in the prevention of heart disease. Fig leaves are edible as well and offer many of the same health benefits. The leaves have been shown to offer natural support for ulcers and diabetes.

Figs are eaten either fresh or dried. They can easily be added to salads, pizzas, stews, sauces and granola. Figs make a great addition to fruit pies, cakes and pastries. They go well with cheese and Mediterranean flavors.

For a wide variety of fig recipes, visit:


  • Excellent Source of Fiber
  • Rich in Calcium
  • Good for Digestion
  • Helpful for Preventing Muscle Cramps
  • Can Help Reduce Blood Pressure
  • Helps Balance PH Levels
  • Has Antioxidant Properties
  • Rich in Omega-3s and 6s

This Month's Recipes: Summer Picnic Bentos
Picnics are a popular and fun way to share a meal on a warm and relaxing summer day. Here are a few ideas for your next picnic, whether it's planned or spontaneous.

Picnic Salad Bento

  • Green Salad
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Miniature Plum Tomatoes
  • Tahini
  • Brown Rice and Sesame Seeds
  • Blackberries


Barbeque Picnic from Leftovers

  • Grilled Corn on the Cob
  • Grilled Yellow and Red Peppers and Onions
  • Apricots
  • Green Salad with Cucumber
  • Potato Salad
  • Barbequed "Not Dog"
  • Salad Dressing

Picnic Pita

  • Tangerine Cutie
  • Pita Bread Sandwich with Hummus, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Arugula
  • Pickle Slices
  • Red Pepper Slices
  • Coleslaw with Carrots
In the Spotlight: Article by Elyse Resch

Supporting Your Child’s Innate Relationship to Food and Eating

About Elyse Resch:
Elyse Resch, M.S.,R.D.,F.A.D.A., Nutrition Therapist. Elyse has been in private practice in Beverly Hills as a nutrition therapist for 28 years, specializing in eating disorders, Intuitive Eating, and preventative nutrition. She is the co-author of "Intuitive Eating" (St. Martin's Press, audio version by Sounds True). Elyse has published journal articles and is regularly scheduled for speaking engagements and private interviews. She is nationally known for her work in helping patients break free from the dieting mentality through the "Intuitive Eating" process.

Children are Intuitive Eaters—they are born with all of the wisdom they need to know how to eat.  They know when they’re hungry; they know when they’re full; and as they are introduced to solid food, they develop a palate of foods that suit their individual preferences. 

Below, are some of the basic concepts of a child’s relationship with food, along with some practical tips for protecting your child’s inborn Intuitive Eater.


Children are Self-Regulating.
For the most part, children are self-regulating in terms of how much food they need.  Some children have a lower growth rate and some a higher growth rate, and this varies from time to time.  They’ll eat exactly what they need in order to follow their own path.

  • Children grow in spurts. Sometimes they eat as much as an adult and sometimes as little as an ant.  If left alone and not nudged, they’ll get everything that they need.
  • If they are physically active, they will be hungrier than if they are sedentary.
  • Children’s food preferences vary regularly.  Don’t worry if your child only wants peanut butter and jelly for many weeks and then won’t look at it for months afterwards.  If no issue is made (such as, “you’ve always loved this—why aren’t you eating it now?), the child is quite likely to go back to this food sometime in the future.
  • Conversely, if you serve the same food every day, the child might become disinterested in it. As in the concept of habituation, too much of a good thing can become boring and rejected.  Alternate foods every few days to maintain children’s interest in different foods.
  • Look at the whole week, instead of a particular meal or day of eating, and you will see that your child will get everything that he needs.

Children seek Autonomy.
An important developmental task of childhood is the quest for autonomy.  This can show up as early as two years old or even before, and continues throughout childhood, peaking in adolescence.  In adulthood, a sense of autonomy is one of the signs of a psychologically healthy person. If we help our children to feel empowered, whenever safe and appropriate, this developmental task will take root.

  • Allow your children to serve themselves, as soon as they are developmentally able to do so.  If you serve them, you are presuming how much they need to satisfy their hunger.  They will take what they need, without feeling pressured to “clean the plate”.
  • Saying “no” to eating is often a way for a toddler to show his independence, especially if he’s not hungry. Don’t worry--when he’s hungry, he’ll eat!
  • If you have raised your children as Intuitive Eaters, you can feel safe to allow them to order for themselves in a restaurant--they will feel empowered, and you will avoid food-fights.  If not, they may need more guidance from you.
  • Involve children in food shopping and meal preparation—they’ll be more interested in eating the foods that they pick and prepare.

Introducing New Foods is an Art.
Parents often expect their children to try a new food when offered, even if it’s only a bite. The first moment of feeding conflict can begin at this point, if foods are introduced without understanding how children can react to this new experience.

  • Allow children to experiment with food, especially if introducing a new food, or an already accepted food, prepared in a new way. A child might put it in his mouth, take it out, play with it, and then try it once again.  Or he might not be ready to eat it at all, at that time.  Let children be a little messy—this sensory experimentation phase is part of normal development.
  • It can sometimes take 15 exposures or more for a child to accept a new food.  Just because you introduce something new once or twice, and the child refuses it, don’t give up.  Keep serving it from time to time, without any pressure.  At some point, the child might try it.
  • When offering a new food, offer it with some familiar foods.  Don’t put out several new foods at once.  This can be overwhelming for the child, and he might refuse everything.
  • At around age two, children often become fearful of new things, including new foods.  Again, don’t worry—if the child isn’t pushed, he’ll eventually be willing to try new things, when he’s ready. 
  • There are going to be some foods that your child simply doesn’t like, just as adults have particular food preferences and dislikes.

Your Role as the Parent is Powerful.
Parenting is an awesome task. In the realm of feeding your children, following some basic guidelines will smooth the way to a positive outcome.

  • Stay neutral when serving food, instead of pushy.  If you’re invested in what or how much your child eats, your child will react to you, instead of to his inner signals.
  • Eat a variety of foods yourself, and enjoy and appreciate food together as a family.  Remember, children love to mimic their parents, even in the realm of eating.
  • Above all, do not bribe, reward, or attempt to comfort with food.  Food is for hunger, satisfaction, and nourishment.  Help your children learn how to endure feelings.  Let them know that their feelings are real and valued and that there are ways to be comforted without using food.

Intuitive Eating focuses on nurturing your body rather than starving it, and encourages natural weight loss while helping you find the weight you were meant to be.

To learn more about Elyse and Intuitive Eating, visit her Website at:


In the News


Parenting Picks for Health and Wellness

Laptop Lunches

This is one lunch box you'll want to keep away from the kids. Laptop Lunches' ecofriendly bento boxes come in vibrant colors and offer different sized compartments to accommodate different types of foods. Fill yours with veggies and healthy proteins for a healthy lunch. Send the kids off to lunch with their bento box full of colorful veggies and other fun foods to make lunch a little more bright! We like the Bento Box Set 2.0 in Primary (Laptop Lunches® Bento Box Set 2.0, in Primary, $27.99, To view the online issue of the magazine, visit:

Online Schools

Momtrepreneurs: the mothers of invention

Amy Hemmert
Laptop Lunches

Ten years ago, Amy Hemmert and fellow mom Tammy Pelstring weren't business partners; they were running partners.

"When we run, we talk about all kinds of things, and one day we were sharing our observations about school lunches," said Hemmert, "all the pre-packaged foods, the junk that parents were sending to school and all the trash that remained at the end of the lunch hour."

The two decided to do more than just talk about the problem. They went on to form Obentec, Inc. and develop a line of bento-ware, reusable compartments intended to make packing lunches easier. Today, the company's popular line of Laptop Lunches® is manufactured in the U.S. and includes bento kits, cloth napkins and drink bottles.

"It took a strong belief in the mission, an extraordinary business partner, a patient family, some money and a lot of long days and nights," said Hemmert. "Now that we have an amazing staff, it's much, much easier!"

For other moms interested in launching a business, Hemmert advises starting with a detailed plan. Then, seek out feedback from unbiased sources that will provide an honest critique. In addition, carefully consider all aspects of a business idea from potential customers to start-up costs to your personal schedule.

Green Opportunities

SQUARE FOOT GARDENING – Whether you have a yard, a deck or a patio, big or small, you can create a square foot garden. This is a simple system for growing more by using less space. To learn how to establish your own square foot garden, visit:!__get-started/vstc61=page-1.

EAT MORE SUPERFOODS TO LOSE WEIGHT – As summer begins many people think about how they will look in their bathing suits. What if losing weight didn't have to be so neg