60 Ideas for Healthy Bento Lunches

By Kiersten | Last Updated: September 8, 2015

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
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
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
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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