With the new year comes all those resolutions that most of us are bound to break. Seriously, I always start the year with the best intentions and then by the year’s end, I find myself exactly where I was 365 days earlier. Regardless, it doesn’t hurt to try right? Especially when my sister is getting married in October and she has promised me that I can wear whatever kind of dress I want to her wedding. Right now I am leaning towards Jackie O, or maybe Rosemary Clooney in White Christmas. It’s still early though and I have some weight I want to drop before doing any serious shopping.
I know I’ve mentioned a ton of times that bentos are a great way to both eat healthier foods and manage portion control. Traditional Japanese bentos call for a 4:2:1 ratio. This means 4 parts rice, 2 parts protein, and 1 part other ingredients. Due to the advice of a nutritionist, I focus on having more veggies. I was told that at least half of my meal should be veggies, so that leaves the rest to be a mixture of protein and other other ingredients. I’m not always the best about this, especially when I’ve been snowed in all weekend, but it gives me a goal to work towards in the New Year.
So here it is, first bento of 2010:
Hot Dog octopuses (made with 97% fat free hot dogs)
roasted sweet potatoes
light babybel cheese
Heinz 57 sauce
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