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 adultsโ€”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
Soy Sauce Eggs [Very Culinary]
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
Pea Guacamole [Veganosity]
Vegan French Onion Dip
Curried Lentil Walnut Dip [Plant-Based Pulse
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
Asian Quinoa Salad [Yuri Elkaim]
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
Jalapeรฑo 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
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter & Jelly Cups [Avocado a Day Nutrition]
Mexican Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
Fudgy Black Bean Brownie Bites [Kitchen Treaty]
Orange Cardamom Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Granola

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  • 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
    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 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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