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Put together this DIY bento box for your next low carb picnic in minutes with the help of Old Wisconsin Snack Sticks and Old Wisconsin Summer Sausage.
We are getting to the dog days of summer here on the Florida Gulf Coast, where it is almost too hot to do anything besides lay around in the air conditioning. But it is also the time that cabin fever really starts to kick in, so I chose to surprise my teen with a back yard picnic before the heat of the day hit.
While she slept in I ran to Publix to grab Old Wisconsin snacks and everything else I needed, excited to surprise her when she woke up. I was able to grab everything I needed in just a few minutes and make it home before she woke up.
First task - finding the right protein. Old Wisconsin offers a variety of delicious protein-packed snacks that are great for on the go. Old Wisconsin sausage snacks are gluten-free with no MSG added and come in several different package sizes and flavors everyone will love. These handcrafted and slow smoked convenience snacks are also great-tasting, high-quality, and protein-packed!
Then I quickly gathered additional low carb snacks that would go perfect with the sausage - including savory, sweet, and even crunchy keto-friendly snacks. It was hard to not start snacking on the drive home.
To make this impromptu backyard picnic easy I wanted to keep everything in one container so I didn't have to drag a bunch of stuff outside. The idea of a big DIY Bento Box was born.
Back in the day when my girls were younger, I used to love making them Bento Box Lunches, so I thought it would be fun to reminisce a bit with a Bento Box picnic.
DIY Low Carb Picnic Foods Bento Box
You can make any container into a bento box using cupcake liners! I prefer these silicon rainbow cupcake liners because they keep everything sorted while looking bright and cheerful.
Begin by arranging as many silicon cupcake liners in your container as you can. It is ok for them to be a bit snug.
Then begin filling each liner with a different low carb snack. Fill each cupcake liner ¾ of the way full. The more full they are, the better they will hold together.
Remember you can always pack more in as you go so have fun with the order and just keep filling.
For this keto-friendly bento box, I chose low carb picnic foods like raw cashews, fresh berries, and cubed cheese which went perfectly with my assortment of Old Wisconsin meats.
The Old Wisconsin beef summer sausage slices easily to fit right into the cupcake liners for easy snacking.
I also cut up the Old Wisconsin beef snack sticks into smaller bites and added in the Old Wisconsin turkey snack bites straight out of the bag. It doesn't get any easier.
As an added bonus, the Old Wisconsin snack sticks and Old Wisconsin snack bites come in a resealable bag, so you can easily use what you want for your DIY Bento Box, and then seal the rest to keep it fresh for your next snack break!
It took less than 10 minutes to put together this low carb picnic, which was all the time she needed to wake up and join me in the back yard. She immediately recognized the Bento Box style snacks we used to enjoy years ago which totally made my day.
We spent an hour just sitting and laughing while the day warmed up - a nice break from the typical electronics-filled morning. It was some good mother-daughter time that I realize does not happen near often enough.
It was the perfect start to a summer day, made delicious with the help of Old Wisconsin sausage snacks and Publix.
As we finished off the last bites of the snacks she asked if we could do it again soon... "we absolutely can, baby."
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When was the last time you had a back yard picnic?