How to Make a Better Bento Box

Bento boxes are hot in school these days, but not every parent has the time to make a Pinterest-perfect Bento box. Here are few tricks and simple recipes to make you kids bento box cute, without taking too much time out of your day. The recipes are ones that your kids will actually eat, while still being somewhat healthy. We’ve included a few shortcuts too, to help make Sunday night prep go even faster.

1. Cookie Cutter Cute

Cookie cutters are your best friend! If you want your kid to eat vegetables, interesting shapes can go a long way to help. On Sunday night, take a few different veggies (cucumbers, carrots, cooked beets etc.) and cut them into stars/ diamonds/ hearts and you already have a weeks worth of cute vegetables your kid might eat for once.  If you’re feeling extra creative, you can even create a badge with their initials using sliced cheese and a cookie cutter.

Bento

Photo by Vicky McDonald

2. Easy Pinwheel Wraps

Wraps can be cut into adorable pinwheels that give some artistic flair to your bento box, Wraps are also a good way to sneak in meat, veggies, and eggs. While we wouldn’t recommend freezing the wraps, you can prep some of the ingredients on a Sunday night, then assemble and cut the night before. Check out these recipes for creative, nutritious wraps

Ham and Fresh Basil Pinwheels

Ham and Fresh Basil Pinwheels

Photo by Rock_lobster

Kiwi Wraps

Kiwi Wraps or Rolls

Photo by lutzflcat

Frittata Wraps With Broccoli and Cheddar

Frittata Bento

Photo by Vicky McDonald

3. Simple Homemade Snacks

Bento boxes are usually creative, so if you want to encourage your kids to eat their fruit or veggies, these cute recipes might just make them smile and reach for more.

Ants on a log

If peanut butter is out of bounds in your kids school, try sunflower seed butter instead.

Ants on a Log

Photo by Linda

After-School Kitty Cat Sandwiches

After-School Kitty Cat Sandwiches

Photo by Rock_lobster

Apple Ladybug Treats

Apple Ladybug Treats

Photo by bd.weld

4. Divide It Up

Colorful silicone baking cups are so useful when you’re filling your bento box. They help you squeeze in a few extra snacks, and they keep everything looking neat, tidy, and colorful. As they’re silicone, they’re also reusable and washable. Check out these recipes for Avocado Hummus Dip and Nacho Salad, which are perfect served in silicone cups with dippers on the side.

Reusable Silicone Baking Cups

Reusable Silicone Baking Cups

5. Convenient Store-Bought Snacks

Bento with Avocado Avocado Hummus and a feast of dippers

Photo by Vicky Mc Donald

As most of us are pressed for time, it’s always good to have some healthy and convenient store-bought snacks on hand. Delicious Motts Apple Sauce is a great time saver. Use the convenient cups, or fill a silicone cup from a large jar of apple sauce. Small packages of cheese, cheddar cookies, pretzels, and naan chips are also some quick and healthy snacks to add to your bento box.

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