Poll: Why do you pack bento lunches?
Why do you pack bento-style lunches, or why do you want to?
I gradually got into bento lunches through a series of coincidences that I wrote about in my profile. I lived in Japan for almost a decade, but didn’t pack bentos often until my husband was misdiagnosed with celiac disease, a food intolerance that all but ruled out restaurant meals. Bento-style packing appealed to me as a way to help my husband eat well despite health restrictions.
After the doctors figured out that my husband didn’t actually have celiac disease, I drifted back into the bento habit because of my toddler son: one small bento box took up a lot less room in my diaper bag than four or five Tupperware containers. How about you?
Why do you pack bento lunches? (check all that apply)
- Eating healthier (73%, 783 Votes)
- Fun and playful (62%, 665 Votes)
- Save money (57%, 616 Votes)
- Portion control or dieting (52%, 559 Votes)
- Interest in Japan (44%, 471 Votes)
- Compact size (42%, 455 Votes)
- Cooking experimentation (40%, 431 Votes)
- More variety (38%, 412 Votes)
- Artistic expression (29%, 314 Votes)
- Get picky eaters to eat (12%, 132 Votes)
- Food allergies (8%, 81 Votes)
- Other (describe in comments) (6%, 63 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,078
Poll voting closes at midnight Pacific on Sunday, January 11, 2009.