The right bento box can greatly simplify your lunch routine. How, you might ask? Well, quite simply, the multiple small compartments make it easier to remember and use your lunch-packing formula. Fruit? Check. Veg? Check. The compartments also help with portions and can make the even the simplest of meals look more appetizing. And instead of washing many containers and lids at the end of the day, there are only two pieces to wash.
One of the best bento boxes we’ve found is the Bento Cinco ($34.99) by LunchBots. Sized for an adult, kids also love them. The multiple compartments (three small and two large) are a low stakes way to offer new-or-still-working-on-liking-it foods to kids. Unlike many bentos, the Cinco fit perfectly into a standard-sized lunch bag with room for an ice pack and snack with little wasted space.
While it’s meant to hold dry foods only (there are tiny gaps in the corners of the small compartments) and sandwiches sometimes need to be cut up creatively to fit into the two large compartments, it’s relatively lightweight, which is crucial for both kids and adults.
Easy to pack and clean, lightweight and fun to eat — how perfect is that?