Pinterest-Worthy Bento Box Lunch Ideas

posted: 09/07/16
by: Katie Morton
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    Colorful Nibbler Box

    Small children are notoriously picky eaters. Curb choosy habits and encourage trying new foods by offering small bites. Vibrant displays of bite-size foods will not only encourage sampling, but also get your little one excited for lunchtime. This colorful box offers nibbles of fruit, veggies, complex carbs and proteins for a healthy, variety-filled lunch.

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    Lunch Artistry

    We’ve all heard the saying, “we eat with our eyes before our stomachs.” Just because your diner is small doesn’t mean that they won’t appreciate a lovely presentation. Whimsical cookie-cutter shapes and doll-sized toothpicks will bring a smile to your child’s face. Reusable cupcake holders help keep foods separate.

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    Protein and Fruit

    You don’t need an in-home sous chef to assemble a beautiful, healthy bento box lunch. Some rolled lunch meat (turkey, ham, or salami all work well), a hard-boiled egg, fresh berries and sliced veggies add up to a nourishing lunch. These lunch offerings appeal to both adults and children.

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    Pasta To Go

    The utility of a bento box is that it keeps different foods separate until serving time. Use one section of the box for pasta with marinara and another for fruits and finger foods. This also works well for pasta salad on warmer days! Enjoy pasta with sauce and other appetizing sides, without the two mixing.

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    Wrap It Up

    Wraps and bento boxes go together like peanut butter and jelly. Add a side of savory hummus for an antioxidant-packed veggie dip. Wraps are easy, delicious, and can be made with dozens of fillings.

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    @violetlunches - bento box

    Heart-shaped sandwiches are a sweet lunch option, sure to delight your child. Cucumber flowers and ripe raspberries pair perfectly with this (almost) too-cute-to-eat lunch. Children will be thrilled to open this adorable bento box and see their lunchtime nosh. The beauty of the bento box is that you can create something new each day. Play around with colors and flavors to find the mix your kids love. With all the possible options to mix-and-match, your child’s lunch will never be boring!