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August 2013


   
In This Issue

From Our Desk To Yours
From Your Kitchen To Ours
Worth Sharing
Lunch Menus
Bento Buzz

Happy August! We hope you're relishing the last few weeks of summer. Before you head back to school, be sure to stock up on replacement parts and new items like ice packs, drink bottles, and more. You'll be glad you avoided the last-minute scramble!

Enjoy!
 
From Our Desk To Yours
DESIGNER ICE PACKS -- NEW!
Our new designer ice packs have arrived! Custom designed to coordinate with your bento boxes and carriers, they're non-toxic and made right here in the USA. Select from Doodle, Paisley or Stripe, or get all three to mix and match with your personal bento style!


CREATIVITY TOOLS -- NEW!
We've launched 5 new creativity tools this back-to-school season! Shape your eggs into charming animals, adorn your snacks with adorable picks and send your kids to school with teddy bear sandwiches! Purchase separately or consider one of our Bento Fun Packs. Make lunch extra special this school year!


FREE RECIPE CARD
Get inspired! Place your order at www.laptoplunches.com this back-to-school season and receive a free recipe card as an exclusive sneak peek into Catherine McCord’'s new cookbook Weelicious Lunches. Catherine's got lots of great ideas for filling your bento lunch box with fun, creative foods your kids will love!


A GIFT FROM MABEL'S LABELS
Mabelís Labels is offering an exclusive coupon to our customers! Order now at LaptopLunches.com and youíll receive a $10 coupon for a $50 purchase at mabelslabels.com. Mabelís Labels are perfect for marking your bento lunch boxes and all other items you donít want your kids to lose. Be sure to visit Mabelís Labels online at MabelsLabels.com. We love them!!!


CELEBRATING 10 YEARS
We were recently featured on the front page of our very own Santa Cruz Sentinel. This in-depth article discusses who we are, what we do, and where we're going from here.



COMING SOON -- TO THE UK!
We are so happy to announce that select Bento Lunch Boxes, Bento Buddies and Bento Kits will soon be available through Amazon UK! They'll be available in mid- to late-August, so be sure to keep an eye out for them. We're so excited, and we hope you are too! If you or someone you know wishes to be notified when they're available, please let us know.


From Your Kitchen To Ours
IN THIS LUNCH BOX

  • Chicken Strips "breaded" with Almond Flour and Flaxseed Meal
  • Quinoa Salad
  • Carrots
  • Almond Butter
  • "I wanted to say how much I love your products! I feature your bento box on my blog all the time! Thank you for making lunch better. :)"

    Samantha S. is the writer and manager of A Foodie Patootie. You can find her recipe for Almond Flour Breaded Chicken here.

    Worth Sharing
    EGG SHAPERS
    Did you know that you can make your hard-boiled eggs into cute bunnies and lovable bears? Simply prepare your hardboiled egg and, while it is still hot, peel it and place it in the shaper, closing the lid slowly and snapping it shut. Place the egg shaper in cold water for ten minutes or until chilled. Open the shaper and carefully remove the egg. Voila!


    BANANAS
    Bananas are one of the top five most-consumed fruits in the US. Their sweet flavor, smooth texture and built-in packaging make them a a versatile kitchen ingredient and delicious on-the-go snack. Bananas have a complicated genetic makeup; it is considered not only a fruit, but a nut and berry as well! The most common banana, found in our grocery stores, is the Cavendish Banana. Bananas are an excellent source of vitamin B6, and soluble fiber. They contain moderate amounts of vitamin C, manganese and potassium. You can keep your bananas from ripening too quickly by storing them on the counter in a paper bag or container that blocks light. When bananas do become spotty or very ripe, bake them into banana bread or puree them with a dash of cocoa powder into a raw, vegan pudding!




    FEATURED VIDEO: THINK BENTO!
    Looking for creative lunch ideas for your bento lunch box? Check out our Think Bento video today!


    Lunch Menus

    FALAFEL PITA

    Falafel Pita Pocket
    Greek Salad
    Crisp Yellow Peppers and Kalamata Olives
    Fresh Mango

    BEANS AND RICE

    Three-Bean Baked Beans
    Shredded Romaine Lettuce
    Grated Cheese
    Fresh Kiwi
    Steamed Basmati Rice
    Bento Buzz
    STILL GOING STRONG
    "It occurred to me today that my daughter will be entering 7th grade in a few weeks and her laptop lunchbox that I bought for kindergarten is still going strong! Little brother's is too. So, for those who think the Laptop Lunches bento box costs too much, consider how much you can save by buying only one, instead of a new one each year.”

    -- Tiffany L., Louisiana


    SO CUTE!
    “I love the colors of the containers in the Garden Bento Buddies system. They are so stinking cute… What's great about the containers is that they nest within one another, making the most of the space you have. Seeing as we seem to be VERY limited on lunch box space (ask Hubby!), this is an extra great feature for us!"

    -- Karolyn S., California, ladybuglunches.com



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