How many times a week do you open up your child's baunan and find that he barely touched his food? If your answer is "a lot of times" then you might want to try preparing your child bento boxes instead, just like mother-of-three Nikki Garcia.
Garcia started to do bento boxes as a way to resolve her children's picky eating. “I came across beautiful bento boxes on social media that not only looked super cool, but the food descriptions seemed tasty and simple enough to put together,” she told Buzzfeed. (Yes, Buzzfeed. A Filipino mom is featured on Buzzfeed!)
Now, she’s basically a master at it. She posts photos of her bento creations on her Instagram account @nikkimbento. Did you notice the play on words? Imbento in Filipino means to invent which coincidentally contains the word bento in it too. How clever!
Unsurprisingly, Garcia is a creative. Aside from making bento boxes, she also does pottery, painting and scrapbooking. No wonder her bento lunches look like little works of art. The instruments she uses to make these wonderful packed lunches are just kitchen scissors, a sharp knife and basic cookie cutters.
Her inspiration, she says, comes from her kids' current fascinations and kawaii (that's Japanese for cute) Japanese characters. She's made everything from Ninja Turtles, cute pandas and koalas, and even a Bruce Lee inspired one.
“Bento-making allows me to exercise my creative “me” time,” she says. The best thing about it however is the assurance that her kids are enjoying their meals and eating healthy, she adds.
Check out some of her amazing bento creations:
Here's Nikki with her three children playing around with bento. Check her out on Instagram to see more of her creations.