With Earth Day approaching, and our thoughts turning to conservation of our planet and it’s creatures, we dedicate this week’s bento to the pandas. We have a soft spot at our house for this endangered, peaceful, roly-poly bear. In 2004, the WWF estimated that there were only 1600 pandas left in the world. They are considered a national treasure in China, and here at Small Potatoes they are considered “the cutest bear EVER!”
We have collected a lot of panda bear bento accessories over time. Every time I place an online order, I usually will make sure there is something “panda-ish” in the order. In this post, I have given you links to the products I used in case you want to shop. They will be bright orange…you can’t miss them!
This lunch comes in 2 parts and it is a good example of a school meal that doesn’t include a sandwich…because let’s face it, kids get sick of sandwiches even when they are cute!
The first part of the meal is the yogurt and fruit salad and I’ve packed it in a two-tiered round panda bento. This bento has two airtight lids, making it perfect for this kind of snack…The heart on the yogurt was created by cutting the strawberry in half and poking a little leaf pick right down the centre…Miss Coco was excited to see that little piece of flair…The whole thing stacks up together once the airtight lids are placed on each layer…
The bento is such a great way to provide healthy food choices to your children. Miss Coco LOVES her bento lunches and typically eats every veggie and piece of fruit in the box…Today she was particularly pleased to find her favourite Laughing Cow cheese hidden in behind the “hedge”…She likes to roll her crackers around in it…
This is what the lunch looks like when it’s all packed and ready to go to school…Just two pieces and a spoon. No throw-aways, no trash, no waste. A perfect little Earth Day lunch with some really cute little bear friends.
I packed these 2 bento boxes into a little insulated panda bento bag…*This bag comes with a little gel pack you can keep in your freezer and then put in your lunch bag before leaving for school.
Happy Bento-ing! And Happy Earth Day, my friends!
~Arlee, Small Potatoes