Four Bento Box Lunches for Work or School
Two for the kids, two for you!
The bento box craze has continued year-after-year, and for good reason! It’s a great way to ensure you and your kids get a diverse, balanced lunch to keep energy levels up through the day. A bento is of Japanese origin and is most commonly served as a single-portion box. Traditionally, bento boxes are filled with rice and noodles, fish or meat and cooked or pickled vegetables. Of course, many people have put their own spin on the bento box, filling it with lunch goodies like wraps, salads, grains, fruits and more.
Life’s simple ingredient, wheat, is a perfect addition to your lunchtime bento box creations. With so many wheat products to choose from that include always important gut-friendly fibre and essential vitamins and minerals, adding it to your bento box will ensure you’re getting a delicious and nutritious meal. Check out the bento box lunch ideas for kids and bigger kids below.
Bento Box for School: Mini Pizzas
Who doesn’t love pizza? It’s super simple to make bento box size mini pizzas so your kids can enjoy their favourite food for lunch, too! Just cut an English muffin in half, spread some tomato sauce, cheese and any other toppings your little ones like and pop in the oven for about ten minutes at 400 degrees. Pack it with some raw fruit and vegetables like carrots, celery, apple slices or berries for a balanced meal. Add in a Honey Oat Snack Bar for extra protein and fibre.
Bento Box for School: Dippy Waffles
Whip up a batch of waffles at the beginning of the week to cut up into waffle dippers for the best sweet bento box option! If you’ve got a starter going, make these Super Sourdough Waffles, or go with this Sunflower Seed Waffle recipe—no need for store bought mix. Send the dippy waffles with some maple syrup for dunking, antioxidant-rich blueberries and hard-boiled eggs for extra protein.
Bento Box for Work: Wheat Berry Salad
This Wheat Berry Salad is easy to prep in advance and is best served cold, so no need for heating up at the office. Hearty wheat berries have a nutty flavour and chewy texture so they’re perfect to add to salads, soups or baked into bread. Pack your dressing on the side and toss right before you’re ready to eat. Add some strawberries on the side and a few pieces of dark chocolate for a balanced bento.
Bento Box for Work: California Turkey Club Wrap
Wraps are a great addition to a bento box—just roll up your ingredients and add a few sides and you’re good to go! They also keep well overnight and through the morning until lunch so you don’t have to worry about a stale sandwich. This California Turkey Club Wrap is the perfect lighter alternative to a club sandwich. Use whatever type of tortilla you like – white, whole wheat, and spinach with wheat are all great options for this recipe. Pair it with a side of Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Cookies and round off your balanced lunch box with some banana slices for a delicious PB and banana combo.
There’s a variety of places you can find bento boxes! Indigo has a great selection online and in-store, or head to your local zero-waste store for reusable bento boxes.
Use these bento box lunch ideas as we get back into the swing of things with school and work and you and the kids will be energized all day long! What’s your favourite bento box combination? Let us know in the comments or tag us on Twitter @LifesIngredient and Instagram @lifessimpleingredient.