DIY Kids’ (Or Grown-up!) Bento Lunch Ideas

Keep in mind sack lunches maturing? You’d unroll your brown bag to discover a white bread PB&J, perhaps a fruit cup, a squeezable neon green drink. And if you got a packaged treat cake, you were the envy of the rest of your lunch table. Nowadays, we desire our kids to have much healthier options while they’re at school or day care, and we desire them to enjoy their food, too. Get in bento boxes, the enjoyable method to serve a healthy, gratifying, and enjoyable lunch on the go.

What Are Bento Boxes?

Bento boxes came from Japan as a method to take lunch throughout the workday or school day. They usually have actually separated areas for a bigger main dish with smaller sized areas for sides.

Today, you can discover bento boxes in any setup you can think up: toddler-sized, full-grown sized, stackable, leak-proof, areas for cold and hot food … the possibilities are unlimited.

The days of uninteresting kid lunches are over. There are unlimited mixes for enjoyable bento boxes for kids (and grownups alike) for lunches, treats, and whatever in between. Usage whatever sized containers make good sense for your kid (smaller sized for more youthful kids, bigger for older kids) and pack appropriately. Below are some concepts for the very best bento boxes that even the pickiest of eaters will take pleasure in!

Bento Tips

The very best part of bento lunches is that there are no guidelines. However a couple of pointers can make sure that you get the most out of your lunchbox efforts.

Bento lunches should be:

  • Balanced. To be filling, you’ll want to include protein and fat, with an amount of carbohydrates that fits into your current plan (less for keto, more for Primal).
  • Packable. Make sure your lunch will hold up for a few hours. Will your contents turn to mush? Will your food items taste funny at room temperature? Will the box you pack in the morning make it until lunch? (Those sashimi bento boxes look pretty, but to avoid foodborne illness they’re meant to be eaten right after you assemble them.)
  • Beautiful. Traditional bento boxes combine a variety of colors and shapes to make a visually striking eating experience.

Kids’ (or Grown-ups!) Bento Box Lunch Ideas

Use these as inspiration to kickstart your creativity.

Picky eater tip: if you’re introducing a new food, be sure to include a food they like along with it! 

Chicken Salad Lunch Kit

Chicken Salad, Homemade Almond Crackers, Grass-fed Cheese Cubes, Baby Carrots Sliced Cucumbers

Chicken Salad Recipe


In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients together. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Deli Lunch

Ham, Salami or Pepperoni, Cheese Sticks, Baby Peppers, Hard Boiled Eggs, Sliced Apple, Primal Kitchen Creamy Ranch Dressing

This is a perfect lunch plate that can be made ahead of time. For pointers on making the best hard and softboiled eggs, refer to our Perfect Egg Tutorial.

Sweet Snacker Bento

Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries (stuffed with dark chocolate chips), Paleo or Gluten-Free Granola, Protein-boosted Yogurt

Chocolate Protein Grass-fed Yogurt Recipe



In a bowl, mix together the yogurt, protein powder and vanilla extract. Pour into the bento box and top with a drizzle of almond butter and some paleo granola or crumbled freeze-dried fruit.

Snack Attack Bento Box

Mixed Nuts and Freeze-Dried Raspberries, Sliced Cucumber, Flackers® Crackers, Avocado, Infant Carrots, Primal Cooking Area Cattle Ranch Dressing


About the Author

A food blog writer, dish designer, and individual chef based in Missouri, Priscilla concentrates on low-carb, Paleo, gluten-free, keto, vegetarian, and low FODMAP cooking. See what she’s cooking on Priscilla Cooks, and follow her food experiences on Instagram and Pinterest.

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