Fun Christmas Themed Cheez Whiz Bento

Last Sunday, I attended "#Crafternoons with Bento Mommas" Bento-making workshop. This event was organized by Cheez Whiz at The Urban Food Collective Weekend Market at the Commerce Center in Ayala Alabang.  
I was very excited because the instructors are Bento Mommas, whose bento designs inspire me. 

Bento Mommas are group of friends Kaye, Moneigh, April, Mia and Olive that shares the love for arts and crafts, and a commitment to hands-on parenting despite their busy work schedule. From baking, blogging and scrapbooking, the group found themselves experimenting with bento-making to expand the food choices of their children. Whether your kids are picky eaters, or if they have food allergies, bento making has helped us introduce a wider and healthier range of food choices to our kids.  

Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve learned from BentoMommas:
• A good bento can be created with a few basic, reusable tools—one spill-proof food container, a handful of colorful food organizers, some basic cutters, and a few decorative picks. What’s more important is imagination, creativity, and a sense of humor.

• Keep your bento tightly packed

• Bento-making promotes the practice of food portioning and thus helps avoid food wastage. 

• When portioning food for bentos, the BentoMommas practice the “Go, Grow and Glow” principle. This means that their lunchboxes contain a combination of the following:
○ 1 portion of Go foods (rice, bread, pasta, corn, etc.) 
○ 1 portion of Grow foods (chicken, pork, beef, fish, egg, cheese, etc.) 
○ 2 portions of Glow foods (fruits and vegetables)

Based off of a Japanese tradition through bento making, moms are able to transform meals, baon or merienda into cute lunchboxes to make eating a visually and palatably exciting experience, plus they can be really nutritious too!
We were each given our starter kits and basic bento tools. 

The first bento Kaye taught us was a "Snow Man" 
Cheez Whiz Milky Delight Snowman with a Christmas Tree 
1.   Put two slices of white bread on a cutting board. Use a cookie cutter or a sharp knife to cut the bread into two circles. 
2.   Spread Cheez Whiz Milky Delight on one side of the bread circles.
3.   Decorate the snowman. Remember to use Cheez Whiz to make pieces stick together.
Christmas Tree
  1. Slice the apple
  2. Cut to make a tree
Ta-dah! Here's my finished Cheez Whiz Milky Delight Snowman bento box. 
If you're looking for a quick and easy Christmas-themed bento box snack idea, this snowman sandwich is easily made by gardenia bread with Cheez Whiz Milky Delight filling, raisins for the buttons, candy coated chocolate for the mouth, chocolate chips for the eyes and nose, candy straps for the scarf and apple for the hat then drew a star using Cheez Whiz. Also includes: decorative cut apple Christmas tree, oreo, and grapes. 

Have you ever tried condensed milk on bread? Cheez Whiz Milky Delight taste like condensed milk but only thicker and less sweeter. It also has a nice taste of sweet cheese. My kids and I love it! 
Then, we also made a Reindeer lunch bento.

I love this Rudolph bento box. A great lunch idea for the holidays. The Rudolph is complete face made out of rice, pretzel ears, eyes made out of cheese and nori as the pupil (use Cheez Whiz to stick them together), Gardenia bread mouth, and a shining bright tomato nose!  Also in this bento box are broccoli, chicken, apple, corn, and cut out stars that is made out of cheese. 

Overall, it was a fun-filled day of learning. So much tips and tricks, I gathered ideas to offer my kids Cheez Whiz and a healthy, kid-friendly, delicious and nutritious meal. All this would make a great snack and lunch ideas for the holidays and that can be used throughout the winter as well! 

Group photo of everyone who went to the workshop   
Thank you so much Cheez Whiz and Bento Mommas for the super fun and informative bento workshop!  

Oreo PhilippinesThe Urban Food CollectiveGlad KitchenGardenia Philippinesand Dona Maria Premium Quality Rice 

Are you also inspired to make bentos? Check out the Bento Momma's profile on the website

Bento Mommas 
Twitter: @thebentomommas
Instagram: @thebentomommas

Tell me what you think? I would love to hear your comments and suggestions.

THANKS, Much Love, Rochelle

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  1. so cute and nutritious.....maybe even picky eaters would surely like this, it's one way of encouraging them to eat.....medyo matrabaho lang sya gawin lalo na pag iba ang theme, pero worthed naman if you get to have that smile as payment from the person you are offering it with........

  2. Super yummy yet cute. :) I hope I can do something like that as well. For my sisters who bring baon to school

  3. i would love to learn doing bento baon when my little one start schooling..


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