The Bento Lunch Box Guide

Bento boxes are becoming increasingly more popular when it comes to choosing a child friendly lunch box. We love our Yumbox and use it every day. It's split into five main compartments - fruit, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy. There's also a sixth compartment, which is the perfect size for a dipping sauce. Here are a bunch of fresh ideas to pop into your bento lunch box this week.

Fruit 

Spring/Summer - Watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, mango, pineapple, rock melon, grapes, plums

Autumn/ Winter - passionfruit, feijoas, grapes, mandarins, oranges, apples, bananas, frozen berries 

Don't want to eat individual fruits by themselves? Try making a fresh fruit salad, smoothies, fruit muffins or real fruit roll ups - Chelsea Winter's recipe is our favourite or fruit crumble.


Vegetables 

Zoodles, courgette and tomato muffins, chargrilled vegetables, mini garden salad, Greek salad, smoothies, broccoli with cheese sauce or grated parmesan, carrot and apple salad, homemade potato chips, sweet potato fries with no-mato sauce, kumara cut into rounds for nacho chips - pair with gucamole and a mild salsa, roast vegetable salad, fritters, homemade pumpkin soup, potato and leek soup, tomato and basil soup, beetroot with carrot and mint salad. 

Grains 

Mini muffins, sushi, multigrain crackers, Vogel's sandwich, banana sushi, pineapple and coconut pikelets, mouse traps, pita bread, toasted sandwich, pizza, pinwheel scone, cheese scones, pasta salad, macaroni cheese, Nasi, stir fry, overnight oats. 

Protein 

Halloumi pieces, chia seed pudding, scrambled eggs with chives, boiled egg, egg sushi, hummus, quinoa salad, apple and natural peanut butter, homemade baked beans, quiche, muffin tin frittata, ground nuts (toddler granola) and yoghurt, chia seed jam on multigrain or wholegrain bread, ants on a log (celery, peanut butter and raisins), courgette with sweetcorn and chickpea fritters, tofu with kumara and red onion patties, 

Dairy 

Yoghurt, cooked halloumi pieces, grated cheese, smoothie, overnight oats, ricotta and fresh fruit, cheese slices, 




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