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7 Cool Bento Boxes to Get Rid of Back-to-School Blues

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Tired of unpacking never-eaten food from your child’s lunchbox? Swap that lunchbox for a bento box! The adorable Japanese-inspired lunchboxes have taken the West by storm. Full of bright colors and tiny little bite-sized eats, bento boxes will suddenly tempt picky eaters with a variety of foods displayed in each section of the bento. This mini “smorgasbord” will delight your child; after all, who can resist animal-shaped cheese, pinwheel lunchmeat, flower veggies, and a neat pile of berries?

The only problemo with the bento is that they can be absurdly time-consuming to make. That’s why we pulled together seven really cute and simple back-to-school bento boxes that are kid-approved, nutritious, and easy-to-make. Bonus: You’ll never use a plastic baggie again!

Try our original back-to-school blues bento, then nab six other adorable ideas that we’ve found around the web. A whole week’s worth of lunch recipes your kids are sure to go bananas for? Happy back-to-school season, indeed!

Beat the Back-to-School Blues Bento Box

Beat those first-day-of-school blues with an all-blue bento box that’ll make your kid smile! This simple bento box pulls together easy pre-made eats that every kid will adore opening in the lunchroom.

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 hardboiled egg
  • 2 edible eyes (try using yogurt-covered raisins!)
  • 1/8 teaspoon peanut butter
  • edible markers
  • 1/3 cup blue yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon blue sprinkles
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 8 mini frozen blueberry pancakes

Instructions:

1. Decorate the hard-boiled egg by affixing the edible eyes with peanut butter. Draw a smile with edible markers.
2. Spoon blue yogurt into a small bento box container. Sprinkle with blue sprinkles.
3. Place blueberries in a small cup. Stack pancakes in the bento. Close bento lid firmly.

Bonus Idea: Leave your kiddo a note that reads, “No More Back-to-School Blues for You! Happy Lunch!”

And here are 6 more super simple bento box lunch ideas:

 

Colorful Bento Box with Sesame Chicken Noodles 1 of 6
Want to send your kid to school with a simple, nutritious lunch?

Get the recipes for this bento box at Babble!
Yumbox Bento 2 of 6
Keep lunch interesting with a sectioned bento box — your kids will love eating lunch in a whole new way!  

Get this idea (and a dozen other easy, colorful ideas) from Meet the Dubiens
A Bento Lunch with Personality 3 of 6
Put a face on a sandwich — it's a whimsical approach to encourage healthy eating.

Get the recipes for this bento box from Lisa Storms' blog
Basic Bento Art 4 of 6
All you need is a cookie cutter to create simple, cute bento art that takes just minutes to prepare.

Get the recipes for this bento box from Alpha Mom
Howl's Your First Day of School? Bento Lunch 5 of 6
Make a nutritious lunch that your kids will enjoy eating with this adorable animal-themed idea.

Get the recipes for this bento box from Meet the Dubiens
School Bus Bento 6 of 6
Play up the fun of a school bus ride, and create a lunch theme that encourages healthy eating.

Get the recipes for this bento box from Another Lunch
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