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60 Ideas for Healthy Bento Lunches

60 Ideas for Healthy Bento Lunches

60 Ideas for Healthy Bento Lunches
Are you still carrying around soggy PB&J sandwiches in brown paper bags for lunch? Stop! Bento lunches are everywhere lately for a reason:

1) Bentos are reusable! No throwing away paper bags, plastic baggies and food packaging everyday.

2) Bento boxes are leftover-friendly. Last night’s dinner can be easily packed into a bento box for today’s lunch.

3) Bentos are a fun way to create a nutrionally-balanced meal.

These healthy bento lunch ideas work for both kids and adults—they’re made with whole food ingredients and they can be portioned to fit perfectly in most bento boxes.

(Oh, and if you’re looking for bento and lunch-packing gear? We’ve rounded up some of our favorites in the Marketplace!)

Portable Proteins

Vegan Quinoa Sushi RollsQuinoa Sushi Rolls
Spicy Black Bean Meatballs
Slow-Roasted Tomato Hummus Veggie Wraps
Baked Italian Herb Tofu
Mango Tempeh Lettuce Wraps
Sweet Potato and Millet Falafel
Healthy Hummus Stuffed Peppers [Peas and Crayons]
Spinach Artichoke Mini Quiches
Chard Mac & Cheese Bites [Eats Well With Others]
Tempeh Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Fruit Snacks

How to Make Mango Fruit LeatherMango Fruit Leather
Baked Apple Chips with Cashew Cinnamon Dip [The Tasting Page]
Silly Apple Bites [Fork and Beans]
Chai-Spiced Slow Cooker Pear Applesauce
Sneaky Green Apple Fruit Leather
No-Bake Fruit Pizzas [Two Healthy Kitchens]
Pomegranate Orange Not-Jello Wedges
Soft & Chewy Spiced Apple Rings
DIY Coconut Yogurt [The Organic Dietitian]

Dips, Salsas and Hummus

Cucumber Mango SalsaCucumber Mango Salsa
Red Pepper Whipped Feta Dip
Edamame Hummus
Edamame Guacamole [VegKitchen]
Vegan French Onion Dip
Garlic Kale Hummus
Strawberry Salsa [Maria Ushakova]
Thai Coconut Curry Hummus
Black-Eyed Pea Salsa [My Purple Spoon]

Sturdy Salads

Cucumber Chickpea Salad with Lemony Tahini Dressing RecipeCucumber Chickpea Salad with Lemony Tahini Dressing
Farro Caprese Salad
Freekeh Zucchini & Pistachio Salad
Fiery Fruit & Quinoa Salad
Herbed French Lentil Salad
Mango Black Bean Salad
Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad [Delicious Everyday]
Mediterranean Kidney Bean Salad
Mexican Cauliflower Rice Salad
Vegan “Tuna” Salad

Chips & Crackers

Curried Baked Carrot ChipsCurried Baked Carrot Chips
Baked Root Vegetable Chips
Grain-Free Olive Rosemary Crackers [The Foodcrafter]
Garlic and Tahini Kale Chips [Connoisseurus Veg]
Garlic Rosemary Baked Sweet Potato Chips
Jalapeño Cheddar Crackers
Baked Eggplant Chips [Julie’s Jazz]
Zucchini Chips
Roasted Radish Chips [Clean Eating Veggie Girl]
Baked Beet Green Chips [Eat Thrive Glow]

Healthy Sweets

Vegan Aussie BitesVegan Aussie Bites
Carrot Cake & Zucchini Bread “Sushi” [Cupcakes and Kale Chips]
No-Bake Molasses Bites
Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites
Vegan Chai Spiced Mini Apple Cider Doughnuts
Mexican Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
Fudgy Black Bean Brownie Bites [Kitchen Treaty]
Orange Cardamom Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Granola

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Meg @ Beard and Bonnet
    September 8, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    I am constantly looking for lunchbox inspiration for my kids! The 4 year old is easy, but the 13 year old can be hard. There are so many great recipes here for her, thanks for rounding them all up. Pinned!

  • Reply
    Leanne
    September 8, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    there are some great ideas here, cant wait to get packing my own bento lunches for work! x

  • Reply
    Heidi @ Food Doodles
    September 9, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Love this Kiersten! Always looking for some fresh ideas for my kids 🙂

  • Reply
    Jenn @ Peas and Crayons
    September 10, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    You had me at sweet potato falafel! SO making those! Thanks for all the delish ideas and the feature! <3

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