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January 2014


   
January 2014

In This Issue

From Our Desk To Yours
From Your Kitchen To Ours
Worth Sharing
Lunch Menus
Bento Buzz
Happy New Year! We hope your holidays were happy and healthy and that you’ve got great things lined up for 2014! We’re looking forward to an exciting year ahead as we continue to meet inspirational people, form meaningful partnerships, and add cool, new items to our growing product line. If you’re making a resolution this year, we hope you’ll consider a “bento resolution” for health, balance, and fun throughout the year. Go bento!

Enjoy!
 
From Our Desk To Yours
BENTO RESOLUTIONS
January is THE month for bento resolutions. Join us as we dedicate the entire month to eating well, living well, and feeling great!





APP-SOLUTELY FABULOUS LUNCH IDEAS!
Last month we launched our FREE Lunch Ideas app for the iPhone, and we're more than thrilled with the response we've received. If you haven't already, be sure to download it from the App Store! (To find it, search "lunch ideas.") You'll receive inspirational menu ideas--one for every week of the year--along with a photo, and the ability to create a shopping list directly from each menu. It's pretty cool!

DINNER ON THE TABLE WITH YOUR
SANITY INTACT

Stressed out about serving haphazard, unhealthy dinners to your family? Aviva Goldfarb, a mother of two, created the Six O'Clock Scramble to help! They provide ready-made, kid-friendly, seasonal dinner plans for the week, along with grocery lists sent right to you. And... everything is completely customizable!

As a special gift, Aviva is offering the Laptop Lunches community an opportunity to try her service with absolutely no risk, plus a special money-saving offer just for you.

Through Thursday, January 15, 2014, get 25% off your Family Dinner Planning membership to The Six O’Clock Scramble! Use coupon code "LAPTPL13" for a free trial.

NEW! BRIGHT & COLORFUL CREATIVITY TOOLS
Add a little creativity to your bento-packing routine with these functional and fun bento dividers! Now available in orange & magenta, these bento dividers are great for adding a little color and creating more space within your containers.


TAKING IT ONE CHANGE AT A TIME
Check out our exclusive interview with health and fitness blogger Dannii, author of the inspirational blog, Hungry, Healthy, Happy. Take a peek at the recipes and health and fitness tips that helped her to lose (and keep off!) 100lbs. Find out how to follow the 80/20 rule, eating clean 80% of the time but still allowing a few indulgences. Check out her blog and social media channels to learn why so many in her online community have ditched their diets to focus on a healthy lifestyle change.


From Your Kitchen To Ours
IN THIS LUNCHBOX - 500 CALORIE BENTO
  • 2 slices of whole grain bread with 2 tbs. jelly = 260 calories
  • 1 large hard-boiled egg = 80 calories
  • 5 oz. vanilla yogurt, topped with 2 walnuts, halved = 130 calories
  • 1 serving of baby carrots = 30 calories
Taralynn, author of the popular blog Undressed Skeleton, is a contributing blogger to our "500 Calorie Bento Meal" campaign. The beautiful bento above looks delicious, and comes in at only 500 calories.

Taralynn is an inspiration to her readers. She shares her experiences overcoming negativity in her life and low self-esteem by eating better, living an active life, and surrounding herself with positive people. Check out her blog HERE.

Worth Sharing
BENTO TIP
Bento lunch boxes are great for packing foods that need to be heated. The containers are microwave safe, so you can enjoy warm meals with a simple push of a button!


DID YOU KNOW?
Bento lunch boxes are perfect for creating on-the-go, balanced meals. After the holiday festivities have come to an end, a little balance might be just what the "bento" ordered! Click below to see how our bento lunch boxes align with the USDA MyPlate guidelines.



FEATURED VIDEO:
KEEP IT SIMPLE! KEEP IT FUN!

Packing your bento only takes minutes! Watch this video of Dana packing her delicious (and healthy!) Grab 'N Go lunch, in no time flat.


Lunch Menus


BEATING THE CHILL

Chili with Shredded Cheese
Red Quinoa
Sliced Cucumber
Persimmon Slices




VIBRANT WINTER LUNCH

Green Salad with Feta
Raspberry Vinaigrette
Barbecue Chips
Whole Wheat Pita Bread
Raspberries
Bento Buzz
VERY PLEASED!
"The Dual-compartment Kit was everything I expected! I also bought the bento jar which fits perfectly in the top compartment."

-- Anonymous, Arlington, TX


EXCELLENT PRODUCTS!
"Love these containers! It has opened up a whole new world of things to pack for lunch, and has made me eat healthier as well. The bag has so much room, but isn't too bulky to carry. So excited about my new grown-up lunch box!"

-- Donna, York, PA



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