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Monday, 27 February 2017

Moms On A Mission For Healthier Bentos With Mission Foods Back-To-School Bento Workshop

Moms On A Mission 
For Healthier Bentos With Mission Food
Back-To-School Bento Workshop
Mission Food Partners With Celebrity Moms To Inspire Fun, Delicious & Healthy Bentos For Kids 
 Healthy & Delicious Bentos For Kids With Mission Food
 Healthy & Delicious Bentos For Kids With Mission Food


Mission Foods Back-To-School Bento Workshop
Thanks to a wonderful invitation last week, I was invited to attend Mission Foods Bento Workshop at The Cooking House. In fact, I was pretty excited to attend 'The Mission Back To School Bento Workshop', my very first event of the year back at The Cooking House in Bangsar again.

My first time at The Cooking House was to attend Chef Annette's cooking demonstration using Fernleaf milk in conjunction with Deepavali celebration. Read More here> Fernleaf New Payasam Recipes For Deepavali 2016   


Healthy & Delicious Mission Bentos For Kids
Healthy & Delicious Mission Bentos For Kids 

Moms On A Mission For Healthier Bentos With Mission Foods Back-To-School Bento Workshop
If you're looking for awesome lunch box ideas to feed your little one, you'll be delighted with this exclusive Mission Foods Back to School Bento Workshop with celebrity moms ~ Aishah Sinclair and Sazzy Falak. They demonstrated their version of the Mission Bento Box and share tips on keeping your bento sets pretty and exciting! Consultant dietitian Indra Balaratnam will also share her bento box recipe and how to create an exceptional and nutritious Mission Bento Box!

Delicious & Cute Mission Bento Box
Delicious & Cute Mission Bento Box

I have always advocated healthy eating in my family. When my kids were younger, I usually prepare home cooked nutritious and yet tasty packed lunch or snacks for them to eat at school. They love my tuna, egg and chicken sandwiches, steam buns, fried rice, mini pizzas and egg/potato salad, just to name a few. 

Getting my kids to eat better while keeping the meal exciting and fun on a daily basis is never easy especially with my foodie kids. They do have their 'Cheat Days' once a week where I allowed them to buy fast food from the school canteen such as nuggets, fries, hot dogs and burgers too. 😒😒😒

I wished I have known about the wonders of preparing these exciting Bento boxes, filled with wholesome and nutritious food giving my beloved daughters and son a healthier option for meals in school!

Moms On A Mission For Healthier Bentos With Mission Foods Back-To-School Bento Workshop
With this Bento workshop, Mission Foods aims at inspiring mothers who are struggling with ideas on how to get their kids to eat better and running out of ideas on ways to create a nutritious and yet fun-packed lunch for their little ones. 

Great Variety Of Mission Foods Products
Great Variety Of Mission Foods Products
A Great Variety Of Mission Foods Products

Teaming with consultant dietitian, Indra Balaratnam as well as celebrity moms, Aishah Sinclair and Sazzy Falak to share inspiring and inventive ideas for quick and healthy Bentos using versatile Mission products such as wraps, pita, naan and chips.

Moms On A Mission For Healthier Bentos With Mission Food Back-To-School Bento Workshop
Moms On A Mission For Healthier Bentos With Mission Food Back-To-School Bento Workshop

Artistry is what differentiates Bento boxes from normally packed lunches. That touch of fun and whimsy in how the food is prepared and artistically arranged makes eating lunch all that more enjoyable and a great way to introduce new appetising and healthy food in tiny, pretty portions for children. For example, boiled eggs are a great form of protein for children and a clever way to get them to enjoy it is to shape it like a bunny! 🐰🐰🐰
  
All Smiles With Celebrity Moms, Sazzy Falak, Aishah Sinclair, Consultant Dietitian, Indra Balaratnam & VP Of Operations, Mission Foods Asia, Constantino Flores
All Smiles With Celebrity Moms, Sazzy Falak, Aishah Sinclair, Consultant Dietitian, Indra Balaratnam & VP Of Operations, Mission Foods Asia, Constantino Flores 
(From Left To Right)

Consultant Dietitian, Indra Balaratnam Recipe ~ Mission Dinosaur Quesadillas Bento
Consultant Dietitian, Indra Balaratnam
Recipe ~ Mission Dinosaur Quesadillas Bento

Starting off the  Mission Foods Bento Workshop introducing the art of bento, dietitian, Indra Balaratnam, also a mum to an 11-year old daughter, Skyler, said that one of the best investments a parent can make is to create a positive relationship with food so that their children grow up to become healthy and confident. With a little imagination and creativity, any loving mom can create a cute and appetising bento incorporating healthy, seasonal items leaving out sugary snacks, and junk food.

Indra Balaratnam In Action Over Her Bento Recipe
Indra Balaratnam In Action Over Her Bento Recipe

"Children get excited by many things, ranging from dinosaurs, mermaids, cars or cute little animals, and they love anything colourful so why not incorporate what appeals to them into a lunch box to encourage them to eat better? Mom's special and loving touch will definitely go a long way to ensuring they receive the best nourishment they need to be healthy and active," she asserted.

Mission Dinosaur Quesadillas Bento
Mission Dinosaur Quesadillas Bento

Mission Dinosaur Quesadillas Bento
Indra demonstrated Chicken and Cheese Quesadillas using Mission 6-Grain Wraps, shaped into dinosaurs grazing in a flower garden. The flower garden was cleverly made up of leafy salad strewn with edible flowers. At the side was a Dinosaur Nest made up of a base of Mission Tortilla Chips, mixed nuts and a boiled egg with dots coloured with beetroot juice.

 An Easy To Follow Step-By-Step Recipe  Mission Dinosaur Quesadillas Bento
 An Easy To Follow Step-By-Step Recipe
 Mission Dinosaur Quesadillas Bento

Celebrity Mom Aishah Sinclair Radio Announcer, TV Host  Recipe ~ Mission Flower Pizza Bento
Celebrity Mom
Aishah Sinclair
Radio Announcer, TV Host 
Recipe ~ Mission Flower Pizza Bento

Aishah All Excited Sharing Her Cute Mission Flower Pizza Bento Set
Aishah All Excited Sharing Her Cute Mission Flower Pizza Bento Set 

Celebrity Mom, Aishah Sinclair In Action Whipping Out Her Tandoori Chicken Pizza
Celebrity Mom, Aishah Sinclair In Action Whipping Out Her Tandoori Chicken Pizza
  
Meanwhile, radio announcer, TV Host and fitness enthusiast Aishah Sinclair created a delicious Tandoori Chicken Pizza with Mission Wholemeal Pizza Crust in the form of flowers for her two daughters.  

Cute & Pretty  Mission Flower Pizza
Cute & Pretty  Mission Flower Pizza


"I've made a good number of Bentos for my two daughters and this recipe is a sure win with them. What I always do is to cut out cute shapes using cookie cutters and they get really excited about that. I'm also a huge believer in eating right and being active so I want to inspire my girls to do the same," quipped Aishah, a dedicated mom to Soraya Ann, aged 7 and Aina Elisabeth, aged 3.

Mission Flower Pizza Bento
Mission Flower Pizza Bento

An Easy To Follow Step-By-Step Recipe  Mission Flower Pizza Bento
An Easy To Follow Step-By-Step Recipe
 Mission Flower Pizza Bento

Sazzy Falak Actress, TV Host, Celebpreneur Recipe ~ Mission Tornado Chips Bento
Sazzy Falak
Actress, TV Host, Celebpreneur
Recipe ~ Mission Tornado Chips Bento

Sazzy Falak & Her Snazzy Mission Original Tortilla Chips Nachos
Sazzy Falak & Her Snazzy Mission Original Tortilla Chips Nachos 

Happy As A Bird Getting To Meet Celebrity Mom, Sazzy Falak
Happy As A Bird Getting To Meet Celebrity Mom, Sazzy Falak

For TV Anchor, fashionpreneur and fitness instructor Sazzy Falak, a busy schedule does not stop her from preparing meals for her family. For her twins, Tiara Rose and Iman Lily, aged 6, she created a snazzy bed of Mission Original Tortilla Chips Nachos topped with crushed avocados and melted cheese, served with fresh salsa. On the side was a teddy-shaped boiled egg and fruits with cute animal picks.

Mission Tornado Chips Bento
Mission Tornado Chips Bento

"It's important for me to see my kids enjoying their food. Having a carbohydrates base that is healthy, versatile and convenient to use is important for me as it gives them the energy they need to sustain them throughout the day. From here, use your imagination to bring in five colours for a variety of flavours, textures and nutrients, " said Sazzy.

An Easy To Follow Step-By-Step Recipe  Mission Tornado Chips Bento
An Easy To Follow Step-By-Step Recipe
 Mission Tornado Chips Bento

3 Mission Foods Bento Boxes
3 Mission Foods Bento Boxes

I hope with Mission Foods Back-To-School Bento Workshop, all inspiring mothers will find new ideas for lunch box snacks for kids that are easy, cheap and healthy. Fill their tummies with nutritious bites, from Mission products such as wraps to pita and from naan to crispy chips, these recipes will keep them going all afternoon long. 

Too Pretty To Eat ~ The Mission Bento Box
Too Pretty To Eat ~ The Mission Bento Box

"Food presented attractively looks, more appetising, since we eat with our eyes as much as our taste buds and stomachs. Through this collaboration with these influential moms, we hope to inspire more mothers to get artistic and at the same time more mindful about what they feed their children. A bento is a fun and engaging way to do this. Our products are nutritious, easy to prepare, and taste good with so many diverse ingredients - perfect for bentos," said Constantino.

Thumbs Up To Sazzy Falak's Snazzy Mission Bento Box
Thumbs Up To Sazzy Falak's Snazzy Mission Bento Box    

Auntie Lilly's DIY Mission Bento Creation
Auntie Lilly's DIY Mission Bento Creation

Auntie Lilly's DIY Mission Bento Creation
We were given a hands-on session at the DIY Bento Bar at The Cooking House after the demonstration. Since my Mission Bento Box is supposed to feed two hungry children at home; my daughter and son waiting for a busy blogger mommy to feed them dinner while I'm covering the event, I have made 2 set of meals for each of them. 

Auntie Lilly's DIY Mission Bento Creation
My Mission Bento consists of  Mission 6-Grain Wraps topped with tasty and flavourful Chicken and Cheese filling, more cheese wrapped with fresh leafy salad. I choose to use the healthier 6-Grain Wraps for it's high in fibre and nutrients as compared to the rest of Mission Foods products.   
Auntie Lilly's DIY Mission Bento Creation
I also made a quick side salad of broccoli and cauliflower, prettied up with edible flowers for the added colour. 

Auntie Lilly's DIY Mission Bento Creation
 My second set of Mission Bento was made of Mission 6-Grain Wraps wrapped with tasty Tandoori Chicken, salad, and more cheese for the extra cheesy flavour. My kids at home just love anything with cheese.  At the side was a boiled egg, on the base of mixed nuts. 

Auntie Lilly's DIY Mission Bento Creation
More leafy salad and edible flowers for the smaller compartment with sweet grapes and cherry tomatoes making up most of the nutritional needs for a healthy meal. 

Auntie Lilly's DIY Mission Bento Creation
Overall, I do enjoy the Bento Workshop today, and gain lots of knowledge and information plus health tips on how to prepare a fun, creative and colourful bento lunch box not only for my children but for myself too!   

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