Links: Packing by color
Ever heard the saying, “a colorful meal is a healthy meal?” The thinking is that when you’ve got lots of different naturally colored foods on your plate, you’ve got a good balance of nutrients. Not surprisingly, the Japanese have turned this into a 5-color rule of thumb for packing a bento lunch, as explored in depth in this excellent article in The Washington Post. This is just a general guideline that I’ve mentioned before in comments, though, nothing written in stone for everyday lunches. I don’t always achieve this ideal color balance in each meal, but it’s something good to aim for as you’re putting together a meal for nutritional balance and aesthetic appeal.
Here’s a new tutorial on packing a bento lunch with all Japanese food, by a woman who lived in Japan for a couple of years. You might find it interesting — I like the nicely organized presentation of information!