These bento-box lunch ideas look so delicious!
It's always a struggle to find inspiration for a school lunch, but bento boxes make things a little easier. Offering a few, small samples of different foods, parents can mix things up and get kids to try something new while still letting them have their everyday, standby favorites.
“A bento-box lunch style is the perfect way to introduce some newer flavors, foods, or ingredients to kids in the context of foods that they already love," says Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN, Director of the Nutrition Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute. "It gives kids the flexibility to choose how much of any given food or snack they want to eat, but also puts parents in the driver’s seat by providing wholesome, nutritious options that are just slightly out of the norm or current comfort zone. It’s also a super smart way to get new veggies and fruit slices into that lunch in fun and creative ways — think dips, mini-sandwiches, bean-flour-based baked goods, and fruit- or veggie-based chips to bring in nutritional benefits with similar flavors and textures to what they might already be used to.” Here, some inspiration to get you started.