With summertime schedules slowing and school lunch packing right around the corner, I’ve been pulling together ideas for lunch and snacktime that my kids will love as much as I do. It’s not easy — kicking sugar or corn starch, and still coming up with a kid-friendly eat that will have them thinking mealtimes are a treat. After all, most foods tailored to kids on the market are packed with no-good sugar additives. And, while I’m willing to let some things slide (mud in the house, dirty socks on the couch), I really don’t love pumping my tots full of sugar and high fructose corn syrup.
So, I’ve started pulling together these “Lazy Man Bento” boxes. They’re cute and colorful because they’re full of fruit and no-sugar fruit squeezers. My kids love that they can eat an entire snack or lunch with their fingers, and I love knowing they’re getting good stuff in their bodies.
To make your own fun, fruity bento box, just pick a few treats from the list below, pack them prettily into a bento box, and then send them off with your kids for smart snackin’! They’ll love every bite, and you’ll love how easy this good-for-‘em meal box was to prepare!
STEP ONE- PREP
- Grab a plastic container or bento box
STEP TWO- PACK
- Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers
- Del Monte Diced Mango cups
- Purple or green grapes
- Orange slices
- Apple slices
STEP THREE- PROTEIN
- Chicken cubes
- Ham or turkey spirals
- Raw or roasted nuts
- Cheese cubes
- Hard-boiled eggs
Once you’ve packed your snackbox, top it with a hand-written letter placed in a plastic baggie. Store in the fridge until ready to serve. Perfect for toting to school, summertime picnics, and daycare!