Bento for Busy Student on a Diet

last_flowers
Bento-ing from: Saraland › Alabama › USA
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Hello, I'm a High-School student from U.S.A. who wants to make a lunch before beginning my classes so that I can just grab it and eat at 12:00 or 1:00 PM (lunch-time); the Japanese style of preparing lunch is handy for work and school. I don't like the process of cooking, but I like to put the individual pieces of the meal into my boxes and arrange it how I like in a cute or pretty way. It makes preparing food a little more exciting.

Whenever we (my parents and I) order Chinese food from our favorite take-out place, that place gives us plastic microwavable boxes that are perfect for a bento lunch. Free bento boxes!

I am also starting a specific diet. I'm 5'4", my current weight is 100 lbs. and my weight goal is 115-120 lbs. My diet consists of dairy, rice, potatoes, nuts, and root vegetables. For a while I have not been eating lunch. Making a bento will help me keep up with my diet, hopefully!

I plan to post pictures of my bento creations on this site before I eat them up. They will be on justbento/justhungry soon.

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Re: Bento for Busy Student on a Diet

As someone else who will also benefit from a few more pounds, I can say that definitely adding in a regular lunch helps a lot. =^.^= The take out boxes are likely a great size too, though do be sure to double check them if you're not eating the whole box worth... and if it's too big, a tiny salad in the corner (or as a leafy belt across the middle) never hurts! If you haven't dug through the volume of super helpful stuff here this -> http://justbento.com/handbook/bento-basics/keys-bento-calorie-control-bo... has helped me a lot in making sure I'm not unwittingly trimming calories from my box. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with using bits of leftovers (which will help avoid the cooking process). Luckily rice freezes really well, so you cook more when you make it, but less often.

Kyandasu
Bento-ing from: Boulder › Colorado › USA
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Re: Bento for Busy Student on a Diet

Definitely take advantage of Maki's freezeable make aheads. I suggest practicing making the bentos on the weekends, too, just to help you practice and get faster. Also, since Christmas is coming up, you should ask your parents for a real bento box, or money for one, because although those Chinese take-out plastic boxes are awesome (like you said, free tupperware!) they're probably not actually microwaveable--as in, they may work in the microwave, but I am sure they leech all kinds of terrible chemicals into your food. You're better off buying a real bento box that says its microwaveable, or only use your Chinese ones for food that doesn't need to be reheated. (There are lots of no-need-to-microwave recipes!) Also, can I ask if your avatar is from Air?

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MewKitty
Bento-ing from: Atlanta › Georgia › USA
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Re: Bento for Busy Student on a Diet

Yep, that's definitely from Air. I LOVED THAT ANIME! It was so sad ;_;

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Kyandasu
Bento-ing from: Boulder › Colorado › USA
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Re: Bento for Busy Student on a Diet

I've only seen a few episodes, but it was super cute and yes, sad already, from what I saw. I sort of know a few pieces about the storyline from magazines like Newtype, so I already know some of the sad stuff that happens. It's on my list of anime to watch, I just haven't gotten around to it. (It's a long list.)

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