what i ate wednesday: bento-y

Posted on May 16, 2012 in Food

Happy Wednesday, friends! How’s your week been so far? Things are looking up for me. The massively stressful workload from the past few weeks at my job has settled down into a much more manageable and realistic number of tasks. I’m a dedicated employee, but I hate it when my “real” job interferes with all my side interests. I can’t stand not having time to put my all into this little blog of mine. But that is life. As my Papaw always said, you can have anything you want, you just can’t have everything you want.

You can tell I had more time because this WIAW is chock full of bento awesomeness! No leftovers tossed into Pyrex for me. Instead, it’s leftovers beautifully arranged in Pyrex. Totally different. You’ll also see that I added calorie counts and nutritional info for each meal. Some folks have been asking for that information and since I have it, I figured why not share?

Breakfast

Breakfast bento with simple overnight oats (just vanilla yogurt and oats) topped with raspberries and mini chocolate chips, half a banana, a few green grapes, plus a mini whole wheat bagel with Neufchâtel cheese and lox. Still totally obsessed with lox. I’m going to turn into a salmon, soon.

Breakfast stats: 479 calories, 80g carbs, 12g fat, 19g protein, 8g fiber

Morning Snack

Tiny bento with a hard-boiled egg, a few raspberries and some banana slices. Plus, I had a mug of green tea on the side. There are so many benefits of regularly drinking green tea. I’m trying to get on that bandwagon.

Snack stats: 112 calories, 10g carbs, 5g fat, 6g protein, 2g fiber

Lunch

For some reason, I love the look of this bento. It makes me so happy to look at and really, that’s the point of bento-ing! Leftover baked falafel patties (recipe coming at you tomorrow) with cucumber slices, steamed broccoli, strawberries, cantaloupe balls and raspberries, sea salt Somersaults, a tahini dipping sauce for the patties and broccoli, plus a Hershey’s kiss.

Lunch stats: 425 calories, 61g carbs, 13g fat, 16g protein, 12g fiber

Afternoon Snack

Freggietastic! Steamed broccoli, baby carrots, banana slices, cantaloupe balls, raspberries, raw almonds, plus another Hershey’s dark chocolate kiss for good measure. And another mug of tea.

Snack stats: 292 calories, 36g carbs, 4g fat, 11g protein, 9g fiber

Dinner

Not a bento, obviously. Leftover taco chili (someday I’ll actually post the recipe) with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt. I love leftover night. Plus a half slice of garlic toast and a half of a Fat Tire (split with Babyface).

Dinner stats: 484 calories, 61g carbs,11g fat, 26g protein, 11g fiber

Dessert

It’s really hard to beat one minute cake. So gooey and decadent. So guilt-free.

Dessert stats: 192 calories, 22g carbs, 6g fat, 11g protein, 1g fiber

Overall Stats

What’s the best thing you ate yesterday?

It’s really hard to beat the raspberry and chocolate combo on my overnight oats. Oh, but peanut butter cake, you’re delicious, too!

12 Comments

  1. ok i must just say that your bento boxes are absolutely beautiful! what a creative way to pack your food. i really enjoy how different these are and there is really something special about all the thought you put into your food creations!

  2. Love the Bentos but how the heck did you get My Fitness pal to do the pie chart feature? I’ve been hoping for that!

    Mmmm… Fat tire!

    • On the iPhone app, if you click the “Daily” tab at the top, there are three little buttons in the blue bar and one of them takes you to the pie chart. :)

      • Thanks! NEVER noticed that before! (And since when does an app have better features than the website!?)

  3. I’m such a sucker for bento-y lunches! My daughter starts kindergarten in the fall and for the first time in her life, I’ll be responsible for sending her lunches (her daycares and preschool have provided them thus far). I’m exploring bento systems and supplies and can’t wait to make them for her. In the meantime, I’m exploring it a bit with my own lunches now that I’m back to work. They’re not as elaborate or pretty yet, but I’m honing my skills ;) It just makes me happy to open my Pyrex and find pretty food waiting for me.

  4. Everything looks so good!!!

  5. Your bento-y meals are so pretty! I should work on making my food more pleasing to the eye. I’m looking forward to the falafel recipe!

  6. Love the bento boxes! I can’t wait for your baked falafal recipe. That’s something I really need to add to my repertoire but I have such a hard time getting things like that to stick together.

  7. Gorgeous bento boxes! I always entertain the idea of trying something like that…but inevitably get lazy/in a rush and toss it all into tupperware lol

  8. Love the blog and especially the recipes, but I have to ask… How is the peanut butter cake less than 200 calories? Just the 2 tablespoons of peanut butter is almost that much, never mind the egg and two tablespoons of sugar…

    • I use powdered peanut butter, which has 85% less calories plus no icing. Rings in at just below 200 calories. :)

  9. I love the look of your bentos! Especially the morning & lunch ones :) looking forward to the falafel patties!

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