50 Bento Box Lunch Ideas
This autumnal-themed box includes a turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce, rainbow carrot strips, fig cookies, edamame, pineapple, and pomegranate seeds.
Last Night's Dinner
Stretch supper into the next day with leftover chicken with BBQ sauce (if you didn't eat chicken last night, grab two Tyson Honey BBQ Crispy Chicken Strips made with all white meat chicken from the freezer and heat them in the microwave for 2.5 minutes), grape tomatoes, rice crackers, chocolate-covered raisins, and cherries.
Wheels on the Bus
Get your kid's lunchtime rolling with mini wheels pasta salad, bell-pepper strips, a hard-boiled egg, chocolate graham crackers, and mango chunks.
With a Twist
We don't know a single kid that wouldn't smile opening up a lunch box with a Rudi's Organic Bakery multigrain soft pretzel, green beans with sesame seeds, cheese, trail mix, and berries.
Think About Food Groups
If the bento box seems like a puzzle, keep in mind what you need to cover in each lunch: whole grains, protein (such as meat and beans), fruits, veggies, and dairy (such as a side of milk).
Get the Portions Right
Bento boxes come in a range of sizes. Buy one that holds the amount your child usually eats for lunch at home. Or go a little larger so he can eat his morning and afternoon snack out of the bento too.
Practice at Home
Serve lunch in the bento box for a week before school starts. That way, your child will get experience opening and closing the box. It will also give you a better sense of how much he'll eat so you won't pack too much food.
Get dunking with apple wedges with caramel dip, cherry tomatoes and baby carrots, nectarines, feta or other cheese, and whole-grain cereal.
Turn lunch into brunch with a blueberry-pancake sandwich with cream-cheese filling, sugar-snap peas, an avocado half with cherry tomato, banana chips, clementine sections, and grapes.
A Taste of Mexico
Go south of the border with a box that includes rice and beans, celery with guacamole, star fruit, dried fruit, and melon balls.
Any kid will look forward to feasting on a waffle grilled cheese, broccoli with dip, banana with mini chocolate chips, crackers, and blackberries.
This box packs a punch with quinoa salad, sliced chicken sausage, dried mango strips, yogurt-covered raisins, and kiwi.