Saturday, June 28, 2008

How to select the right size Bento box

I picked this chart from :
This chart recommends the Bento box size to use for age group and height.

Biggie has a detailed, translated version but lately I've not been able to access her site. Another good reference for choosing the right Bento box is from Just Bento. The pink chart on the left is for female and the blue one on the right is for male.
  • The first column is the age group.
  • Second column is the height.
  • Third column is calories/meal.
  • The last column on the right is the recommended size box to use.
If you look under your Bento box, you will be able to see the capacity of the Bento box.
I remember reading somewhere that if your activity level and height exceeds the recommended size Bento box, you should add on 100ml capacity to what is recommended.
The same vise-versa.

It's something you just adjust to suit your personal need. There's no hard and fast rule.
If one is dieting, obviously pick a smaller box. I realized that my third daughter doesn't finish the two layer Bento box that I pack for her.

When I questioned her, she says
that there is not enough time during recess. Being a mother, I'm all the time concerned that she's not got enough food to eat.

Looking at her age - 9 years old and her height at 139.7cm, she should be taking a 600ml Bento box.
There's no way she can finish so much food - we're talking about packed capacity here, not loosely packed food. Knowing that she should have a 600ml box is one thing, the reality of it is she won't be able to finish the food. So, I just have to follow my gut feeling and go with the flow.

My second daughter is 16 years old and her height is 168cm. According to the chart above she is 11cm taller than stated and rightly should add another 100ml to the recommended 700ml box, which makes it to an 800ml box.

However, #2's a weight watcher and there's no way she'll eat so mu
ch. She's already on a permanent fruit and vegetable diet.

The boxes that I pack for her range from 500ml-600ml.

An example below would be the 330 ml for the upper box and 250ml
for the lower box which makes a total of 580ml.

This one below also has two layers. The upper large box capacity is 320ml and the smaller box at the bottom is 180ml which makes a total of 500ml.

I usually use similar size boxes for her Bento. She's cool with it and most days finish what's inside if she's not rushing from one thing to another. I have larger capacity boxes but that's only used if I pack sushi for her.


Anonymous said...

Hmm, that's not good that you're not able to access Lunch in a Box. What happens when you try? What browser and internet access do you use? I'd like to figure this out and get it fixed. Thanks! -Biggie

Bento Pet said...

biggie@lunch in a box: My Mac uses firefox. Your home page doesn't load completely. I can only view your side bar which has your profile and archives. All else is blank.

This has been happening for weeks and it's very frustrating! Thanks for asking because I love visiting Lunch in a box!

Anonymous said...

Hmm, good information that might help me fix it. Where in the sidebar does it stop loading for you? At the second Google ad? The first? I'm on a mission to figure out what's causing your problem and FIX IT! :-)

Bento Pet said...

biggie@lunch in a box: I just clicked my book mark to your site again and all I can see is your header and the left side bar, all the way down to the Laptop lunch advert.

I thought that it had something to do with my bookmark and I tried to Google Biggie@lunch in a box and clicked from there but the results were the same. Blank!

I even went to your old site, which I could view and clicked at the link to your current site but to no avail!

For a while back then, I thought that I was being barred from entering. I'm really glad you responded! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Golly, there's no way I'd bar you from entering! I'm not even sure I know HOW to do that. Thanks for the info; I'll ask my web guy if he can help figure out what's causing your problem as I don't know the answer.

Bento Pet said...

biggie@lunch in a box: Let me re-phrase that statement about "barring me out"- sorry, I actually thought that perhaps my Mac had some virus and your site had some fire wall that could detect virus and thus barred from entering. *misuse of the English language, LOL!*

Anyway, last evening I manage to enter your site after waiting like FOREVER! It really took a very, very long time to load your home page. I don't have that problem with any other site, only yours. Help!

Anonymous said...

Could you have a look and tell me if it's any better now? I changed a couple of things and wonder if that's any better for you now.

Bento Pet said...

biggie@lunch in a box: It's better. Now I can read your post but I can't access the comments.

I tried using Safari and I could view everything including the comments. Firefox couldn't access the comments.


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