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March 2014


   
March 2014
 
In This Issue

From Our Desk To Yours
From Your Kitchen To Ours
Worth Sharing
Lunch Menus
Bento Buzz
March Greetings! Here in Santa Cruz we’re happy to see some emerging signs of spring. A few species of birds have reappeared, buds are visible on the fruit trees, and bulbs have begun to bloom. Before we know it (and provided we have enough water), we’ll be back in the vegetable garden, planting wonderful things to pack for lunch! If it’s still chilly where you are and you’re trudging through snow, hang in there! Spring IS right around the corner!

Enjoy!
 
From Our Desk To Yours
 
 
TEAL BENTO JARS ARE BACK!
We are happy to announce that our Teal Bento Jars are now back in stock and ready to ship! They've been selling so fast, it's been a challenge keeping them in stock! We apologize for the inconvenience, and we encourage you to place your order sooner rather than later.
 
 

INSPIRED BY GOOD LUCK?
St. Paddy's Day is just around the corner, and it's the perfect occasion to show off your skills! Do you like to get creative when packing your bento for special days? Share your St. Paddy's Day themed lunches (or any themed lunches!) with us on our Facebook page. And be sure to stop by to see what other lunch-packers have come up with!
 
 

UPCOMING TRADE EVENTS
We're busy making preparations to attend two amazing shows this month! We'll be in Anaheim at the Natural Products EXPO West March 7-9, and in Chicago at the International Home and Housewares Show March 15-18. If you're planning to attend either of these shows, please stop by our booth and say "hi!" Or, you can email us to set up a meeting. Looking forward to seeing you there!
   

SPRING BREAK'S JUST AROUND THE CORNER
Are you taking a trip or going on an adventure this spring break? Pack a bento! Wholesome home-made meals and snacks taste great and cost less than what's easily available on the road. Go bento today!

 
 

MARCH IS NATIONAL READING MONTH
Each Wednesday throughout March a guest blogger will share a storybook bento based on a book they've read with their kids. Stop by our blog to check out their creations!

 
 

From Your Kitchen To Ours
 
 
IN THIS LUNCH BOX
  • Clementines and Grapes
  • Whole Wheat Dinner Roll With a Leprechaun Drawn On It
  • Baked Tofu With a Rainbow Decoration
  • Pot of Gold Made With Cheese Crackers
  • Strawberries
"I made my preschooler this special Laptop Lunches bento box for St. Patrick's day. It includes a rainbow of fruit, a Leprechaun roll and a tofu 'rainbow' with a 'pot of gold' at the end."

-- Wendy Copley
all drawings made with food-safe markers

Wendy is the author of Everyday Bento, a new book featuring 50 fun, healthy bento lunches and step-by-step instructions showing how to recreate them. She writes about lunches, crafts and family food on her blog, Wendolonia.

Worth Sharing
 
 
DID YOU KNOW?
March is National Nutrition Month, and this year's theme is "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right." Sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, National Nutrition Month promotes the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. If you're participating in NNM, post your lunch photos to your favorite social media sites with the hashtag #eatright.

 

BENTO TIP
Looking for the perfect way to pack a drink with your bento lunch box? We can help! Whether you prefer glass, stainless, lightweight or insulated, we have plenty of options to choose from!

 


FEATURED VIDEO - CAN WE BREAK OUR HINGE?
We get a lot of inquiries about the durability of the hinge on our bento box. To show how strong it is, we put co-founder, Tammy Pelstring, to the test! Check out this video to see whether or not she can break it! (Spoiler alert: She can't!)

Lunch Menus
 
 


EARLY SPRING SALAD

Tuna Salad
Balsamic Vinaigrette
French Bread
Sliced Kiwi




JOLLY WHITE GIANTS

Giant White Bean Salad
Wakame Seaweed Salad
Tamari Almonds
Plum
Carrot Muffin
 
Bento Buzz
 
PERFECT
"These are perfect! A must have product. Love how easy it is to now portion my lunch food."

-- Kate, Midlothian, VA

AWESOME!!!
"My daughter loves to open her lunch box to see what I have created for her! These have made sending a nutrient dense lunch a breeze!"

-- Paleo Mom, Portland, OR


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