10 Bento Box Lunch Ideas for Kids

by CARRIE FELTON

Rushing to get ready and need quick inspiration for a balanced meal? Raid the fruit bowl, last night’s leftovers, and your fridge staples for these grab-and-go kids lunches to pack in our Bento Boxes.

Mini Bento — 4 compartment tray

  1. Cut-up sandwich, strawberries, yoghurt, raisins
  2. Dry cereal, yoghurt, shredded chicken, mashed avocado
  3. Pita bread, cucumber, tzatziki, leftover chopped lamb
  4. Pretzels, tuna, cheese sticks, blueberries
  5. Bolognese sauce, leftover pasta, carrot sticks, grated cheese

Large Bento — 6 compartment tray

  1. Pretzels, hummus, grapes, cucumber, ricotta, ham, mustard
  2. Cut-up sandwich, cheese sticks, celery sticks, hummus, apple slices, kiwi
  3. Tortilla chips, leftover mince or beans, mashed avocado, salsa, grated cheese
  4. Banana muffin, yoghurt, strawberries, shredded chicken, carrot sticks, 
  5. Leftover risotto, carrot sticks, mandarin, crackers, cheese sticks, raisins

Aim for a balance of these categories:

  • Starch (bread, pasta, rice, pita, wraps, dry cereal)
  • Protein (ham, chopped lamb, tuna, chicken, beans, tofu, boiled egg)
  • Healthy Fat (avocado, cheese)
  • Dairy (yoghurt, ricotta)
  • Fruit & Veg (carrot, celery, cucumber, strawberries, banana, apple) 
  • Dips & Sauces (hummus, tzatziki, guacamole, salsa)

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