Bento boxes have been all the rage when it comes to lunches but what exactly are they and how do you make them? Bento is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal that’s common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento consists of rice, fish or meat and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in box shaped container. While the traditional version sounds a bit dicey for the average kid, there are plenty of ways to make your own bento boxes at home that are filled with fresh produce, healthy grains and protein. These lunches are not only easy to pack, they’re loaded with vitamins/minerals and they’re super fun to eat! Get creative with your combinations, incorporate tried-and-true foods and make it colourful.
Packing healthy lunches doesn’t have to be a chore! Get the kids involved in building their own bento boxes and make room for this Japanese staple in your kitchen. For more back to school lunch ideas, tips and inspiration, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.