Packing lunches and snacks for daycare or school (or workplace) can seem overwhelming and has the potential to become monotonous! The current trend in packing the day’s edibles in a bento style container creates a canvas for creative eating on the go.
A fun idea is to “theme the box”. A rotation of food themes can keep eating fun and fresh. Some suggestions:
Some pick and choose ideas of items that work nicely in Bento Box lunches and snacks:
A few “outside of the box” ideas:
Inside the Box
There are several Bento style lunch and snack boxes on the market. We like The Little Lunchbox (pictured below), Yumbox and Dalcini Stainless lunch box and snacker combo.
If you already have an open box and want to “bento it up” you can add silicone muffin cups for an easy way to separate the items inside the box. You can create an edible food divider by using leaves of kale or lettuce.
Another fun idea within the box is to create an edible dip bowl by cutting a section of french bread, scooping out the center and filling with dip - offer fresh veggies on the side for a great fully edible snack!
Give consideration to the following when designing your boxed lunches and snacks:
Taking time to get re-energised with meals and snacks doesn’t have to be mundane. Have fun creating colourful, tasty, food to go for the whole family!
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