Why Bento Boxes?
Nowadays, bento boxes are all the rage among young children. They're convenient, perfectly balanced, and arranged in a way that's pleasing to the eye. In many ways, they're a better option than the traditional American lunchbox. Not only are children picky eaters, but they're also messy eaters. With each item in these boxes taking up a designated amount of space, it's less likely for younger kids to create a big mess. And, it doesn't hurt to make mealtime more exciting in the form of a sandwich shaped like their favorite Disney cartoon vs. a thrown-together tuna salad.
Bento boxes are a fun way to learn balanced nutrition and portion control. In this post discover five exciting ideas that are sure to be hit with your little ones.
Zesty Zucchini Wraps
Fill with delicious fillings such as zucchini sliced into matchsticks, roasted asparagus, tomatoes, carrots and a flavorful pesto all wrapped up in lettuce!
Kids love to dip! Make your own hummus in minutes with the simple ingredients below. Tuck fresh pita and sliced veggies for dipping. Hummus is packed with protein AND fiber.
Five Minute Hummus: Blend together the following ingredients
2 cups cooked garbanzo beans (canned or home cooked)
1/2 cup tahini
4 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 tablespoon olive oil
paprika (to taste)
Breakfast for lunch
Who doesn't love breakfast for lunch? Pre-make wholesome pancakes, cut into wedges and add a sauce cup of maple syrup, fresh fruit, yogurt & granola with a tablespoon of chia seeds for a well balanced, fiber-filled and nutrient packed lunch.
Use veggie cutters in fun shapes to create a spaceship-themed PB & J! Add sliced carrots and apples and a sprig of parsley or lettuce for edible green garnish to round out the meal.
Top English muffins or bagels with non-dairy cheese, roasted veggies and pizza sauce for a pizza-party themed lunch. Make it a meal with celery and carrot salad, watermelon and a low sugar banana nut bread as dessert.
Co-written by Dawn Hutchins and Shruti Katragadda