Mouth Watering Bento Box Lunch Ideas 2024

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Let’s take a look at some of the most mouth watering bento box lunch ideas! Whether you are headed back to work or back to school, thinking outside of the box for lunches can make lunchtime enjoyable and more than just a break to have lunch. I know for me, when I have an interesting lunch to look forward too, it makes my morning so much happier! Plus, it’s all about easy prep, right? 

I personally am loving the bento box lunch idea alternative instead of a sandwich.

What is a bento box lunch? The bento box gives you the option to pack sandwiches, yogurt, cheese, crackers, fruit, a salad, and dessert all in one container. Having fresh food items that are on the go and easy to pack is key.

Bento Box Ideas 

Back To School

Isn’t it funny how google knows it’s back to school? This post has been trending on google for the last week and it’s because parents are searching not only for back to work lunch ideas, but back to school lunch ideas. 

When I was a kid, it was pretty exciting to get lunch in the school cafeteria instead of one packed by your mom.  

Fast forward a generation, and it seems like my kids are happier to bring their lunch from home, and I hear many other parents are saying the same thing.

I’m not complaining–I’m happy to send a little bit of love and lunch from home with them each day.  But I have to admit, sometimes it feels like we get in a rut with our home packed lunches.

This is why I love the lunch box bento box idea!  This school year, I’m gathering ideas that will help me to “think outside the lunch box” in 15 minutes or less when I’m planning lunches .  

Here are some of my favorite bento box ideas for adults for packing delicious, healthy, interesting, and fun lunches for kids and adults.

Easy Lunch Bento Ideas

Chicken and Taco Bento Box

Chicken-Taco-Bento-box lunch idea

Chicken Taco Bento at The Exhausted Mom

Chopped Salad Cup

chopped-salad-in-a-cup on the go lunch

Chopped Salad in a Cup with bell peppers and cherry tomatoes from 24/7 Low Carb Diner

Freezer Pizza Bites

Freezer Pizza Bites lunch idea for kids

Freezer Pizza Bites at Super Healthy Kids

Boxed Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup

tomato soup and grilled cheese packed lunch in box

How to Pack Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup at Momables

Bento Box Lunch Ideas For Kids

What are the benefits of bento boxes for kids?

  1. Portion Control: Bento boxes offer pre-portioned compartments, promoting balanced and appropriate serving sizes for kids.
  2. Variety: Kids can enjoy a diverse range of food items in a single lunchbox, making meals exciting and encouraging them to try new foods.
  3. Nutritious Choices: Bento boxes make it easier to include a mix of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and whole grains, ensuring a well-rounded and wholesome diet.
  4. Reduced Waste: The compact design of bento boxes minimizes the need for disposable packaging, contributing to a more eco-friendly lunch routine.
  5. Easy Packing: Bento boxes have separate sections, simplifying the process of packing and organizing different food items.
  6. Visual Appeal: The vibrant and visually appealing presentation of bento lunches makes them enticing for children, encouraging them to eat healthier foods. I found a few really cool bento boxes on Amazon with ice pack spots! I’ll share the links at the bottom of the post.
  7. Time-Saving: Preparing bento lunches in advance saves time during busy mornings, ensuring kids have a wholesome meal ready to go. I’m always looking for meal prep in under 15 minutes when it comes to packing lunches.
  8. Empowerment: Bento boxes allow kids to participate in choosing and packing their lunch, empowering them to make healthier food choices.
  9. Creativity: Bento lunches provide an outlet for creativity, allowing parents and children to have fun creating unique and personalized meal combinations. Plus bento boxes can be cute!!

Let’s take a look at these trending bento box ideas below for back to school.

This adorable tin can filled with pizza rolls and muffin macaroni and cheese balls are certainly to be the talk of the cafeteria.

Pizza Rolls in Stainless Steel Cup

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How to Send Pizza Rolls to School at Coupon Closet

Bento boxes are perfect for picky eaters too. Instead of making a boring sandwich that your child may not like or having your child stuck eating what the school makes for lunch, you have the option to pack a variety of fresh food items that you child loves!

Ham & Cheese Muffins

mac cheese ham muffins lunch ideas

Ham and Cheese Lunchbox Muffins Recipe at I Should Be Mopping the Floor

Pasta Salad, Fruit And Veggie

pasta-lunch bento box with noodles

Great for Teens–Pasta Salad Lunch at Operation: Lunch Box

Smoothies on the Go

smoothies-to-go lunch ideas

Healthy Smoothies to Go at Mom Makes

Beef Tacos

taco-lunch-box bento box with beef

Chicken or Beef Taco Lunch at Keeley McGuire

Pita Pocket Sandwich

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Pita Pocket Sandwich (plus links to lots of other great lunch ideas) at It’s Always Autumn

Amazon has a TON of lunch idea bento boxes for adults and kids and this lunch box is my favorite. 

In conclusion, these fun and healthy bento lunch ideas will make your lunchtime exciting! You can try colorful veggie rolls, cucumber slices, snap peas, boiled eggs or tasty skewers with protein. They’re perfect for busy adults or parents packing lunches for kids. Say goodbye to boring lunches and hello to yummy and nutritious meals!

I would love to hear your lunch ideas or recipes below in the comment section and how you pack a fun lunch that is worthy of looking forward too! 

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5 Comments

  1. Thanks for including my Chicken Bento Boxes in your roundup! I love all these ideas…can’t wait to try them!

  2. My kids did not like cafeteria lunches! Wish I had all these amazing ideas when I was still packing their lunches 🙂

  3. Jessica pabon says:

    The lunches for tacos. Will this lunch be served cool not warm right?

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