Bento Box Lunches for Kids
If you’re tired of throwing away most of your kid’s lunch when they return from school, it might be time to give bento boxes a try. These fun, pre-portioned meals originated in Japan and have grown in popularity in the U.S.
Essentially a bento box is a reusable, portioned container used for a single meal and filled with fresh ingredients from your local organic grocery store. Keep reading to see how making a healthy, bento box your kids will actually eat is simpler than you think.
Start with the Bento Box
To begin making your kid-friendly bento box, you’ll first need a container. Thanks to their growing popularity in America it’s easy to find bento boxes in all shapes and sizes at most Sioux Falls grocery stores. When selecting your containers, keep these three things in mind:
Look for fun designs that will make your kids excited to open their lunch bag
Buy containers with a variety of different sections to give you options when packing lunch
Select ones with enough sections to provide kids with variety
Once you’ve got your container, it’s time to start building a delicious lunch full of fresh ingredients.
Add Fruit to your Bento Box
Fruit is always a winner with kids. Head to your local organic grocery store and pick out a few of your little one’s favorites. Go for grapes, pineapple, cantaloupe and strawberries for a start. Cut out stars from pineapples, flowers from cantaloupe and slices of strawberries. Put them on a skewer for a fun and fruity shish-kabob or simply place them in a section of your bento box for younger kiddos.
Add Veggies to your Bento Box
It can be hard for kids to want to eat veggies. But it’s easy to sneak in veggies in your bento box. Cut carrots, celery, red cabbage, green peppers and any other organic veggies into thin slices for a crunchy and colorful salad. Use a leak-proof container to hold a few teaspoons of their favorite dressing or dip.
Add Protein to your Bento Box
Organic chicken or turkey slices are a great way to add a punch of protein to lunch. Shop at your local organic grocery store to find the healthiest options. Grab a whole wheat tortilla wrap, a piece of cheese and some of those veggies slices to make a wrap or throw it in a pan to make a quick quesadilla they can reheat for a tasty main dish.
Make Your Bento Boxes Fun
The key to a good bento box is to make it fun! Pick out a theme and go with it. From monsters to animals to their favorite cartoon character, there are lots of different ways to make your kid’s lunch something they’ll look forward to.
While it might take a bit longer to prepare, a little creativity can go a long way when it comes to helping your kid eat a fresh and healthy lunch.
Visit Pomegranate Market for Bento Box Ideas and Supplies
Need help with ideas on how to transform fresh ingredients into a spectacular lunch? Check in with the team at Pomegranate Market, your local organic grocery store, for helpful hints and tips.
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