It's back to school time and we are already thinking about how to prepare healthy lunches. I like to make my daughter's lunch menu a week in advance so I know what to buy when out shopping. This way we cut back on waste and don't spend a lot of money on prepackaged snacks. Children only get 15-25 minutes to eat their meals, so a large lunch usually ends up in the trash or coming back home. That's why you should pack small, yet healthy and filling lunches that will get them through the day. Check out a week's worth of organic bento box meals your child is sure to love!
Bento Box Lunch: Day 1
- Almond butter and honey sandwich
- Vanilla yogurt with sunflower seeds
- Sliced Pear
Using a cookie cutter, press a fun shape into 2 slices of whole wheat bread. Spread almond butter on 1 slice of bread and honey on the other, then press together. In a small container, add plain or vanilla yogurt and top with unsalted sunflower seeds. Slice a pear in half and then into quarters to dip into the yogurt or eat plain. Using recyclable or reusable cupcake liners, place some fresh berries inside.
Bento Box Lunch: Day 2
- Spinach and cheese sandwich (meat optional)
- Cinnamon applesauce
- Nuts, cranberries, raisins
Using a cookie cutter, cut through 2 slices of whole wheat bread and add spinach, cheese, and if you’d like turkey, chicken, or ham. You can use a container to add applesauce or use an individual pack. Be sure to have your child bring home the container if they do not recycle at his school. Using a reusable container or recycled cupcake liners, add nuts and fruit.
Bento Box Lunch: Day 3
- Ham and cheese whole wheat crackers (or swap in a veggie alternative and/or soy cheese)
This is a very easy bento box! Take a cracker and put ham and cheese between and add a bottom cracker, continue until you have 4. If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, try Yves soy-based deli slices or Tofurkey slices instead. In case their juice drains, use reusable containers or recycled cupcake liners for your fruit. Then cut a carrot in half and place in box.
Bento Box Lunch: Day 4
- Granola bars
- Vanilla or plain yogurt
- Ants on a log (celery, peanut butter, raisins)
You can use homemade granola or granola bars to dip in the yogurt. Slice a peach and place in box. I leave the skin on and my daughter peels off or eats around it. Cut a celery stalk in half, then add peanut butter and raisins.
Bento Box Lunch: Day 5
- Peanut butter banana whole wheat wrap
Cover a whole wheat tortilla shell evenly with peanut butter. Then add a whole banana and roll into a wrap. On the other side of your box, add fruit and vegetables.