Bento Box Lunch Ideas

Bento Box Ideas

It’s that time of the year again – back to school. Back to school also means making a plan for back to school lunches! 

Using a “bento box” approach for my sons lunches has helped me tremendously. A variety of small, portioned items helps tempt their appetite and they can graze their way through the day. As to food prep, it’s a visual reminder for me to pack a balanced meal: I mentally label each compartment (protein, carb, fruit & veggies), so all I have to do is fill in the blanks with what I have on hand. The point here is to keep things simple, fresh, and colourful (bonus – bento boxes can be made the night before).

Here are some examples of what to fill the compartments with

Protein Section

cubes of cheese

mini meatballs

deli meat roll-ups (i.e. turkey slice wrapped around a dill pickle)

hummus or bean dip

hardboiled eggs

Greek yogurt

scrambled egg wrapped in a slice of ham

cubed chicken with bbq sauce for dipping

ham and cheese toothpick “kebabs”

bacon (serve with waffle sticks)

tuna or egg salad

Carb Section

pasta salad

quarter or half a bagel

tortilla chips or vegetable chips

crackers or pretzels

waffle sticks

veggie sushi

mini pitas or buns


half cob of corn

nut free trail mix (dried fruit, seeds, cereal)

low sugar, nut free granola bars

mini muffins

Fruit and Vegetable Sections

I like to pack as much as they will eat! I try to use a wide variety of fruits and veg every week so that they don’t get bored.  

If you’d like to try making a bento box lunch, pick one up at Fenigo or use paper or silicone muffin cups in regular Tupperware containers to create separate compartments.

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