5 Easy and Healthy lunchbox snack recipes and 5 bento box ideas for your kids’ nutritious break

 

Let’s start with some fun bento boxes ideas that take a matter of minutes to assemble and your kids will definitely get a kick out of them. You must, however have your trusty cookie cutters with you at all times.

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All of the chosen bento box recipes below provide your child with foods that give him protein, vitamins, calcium and energy for a successful day at school.

 

1. Foxy Box

Fill the large section of the EasyLunchbox with a turkey sandwich made with 2 slices of whole wheat bread and a slice of turkey meat. Make a fox on top of the sandwich by placing a slice of cheddar cheese, 2 triangle-shaped carrots for ears, 2 oval-shaped pieces of mozzarella cheese for its cheeks, a red grape for its nose and 2 black currants for eyes. Fill the other sections with red grapes and sliced cucumbers. 

 

2.  Letter box

Fill the large section of the Easy Lunchbox with a turkey sandwich (see above) or any other sandwich your child likes, cut the crusts off, and use a large letter cookie cutter to cut your kid’s initial’s letter from a slice of cheddar cheese to make a personalized sandwich. In the other sections you can place a silicone muffin cup with some sliced cheese string, some mini pretzel twists and some cucumbers cut into fancy shapes.

 

3. Yumbox

Divide your kid’s lunchbox into sections. In the protein section place 2 slices of black forest ham, or turkey slices; in the grains you can place mini whole-wheat crackers; in the dairy section you can put some strawberry yogurt; the fruit section can hold some slices of kiwi, fresh blueberries and the veggie section some fun-shaped cucumbers and a sliced baby carrot. As a treat you can add some jellybeans.

 

4. Easy Bento lunchbox

In a pico container place a silicone cup with a sliced muffin and in the other put some sliced naval oranges, fresh strawberries and blueberries.

 

5. Quick and nutritious 4 square bento box

In a 4-square bento box place in one section a Yoplait Minigo yogurt, in another a sliced cereal bar, in the third some fresh red grapes and in the 4th one some goldfish crackers.

 

Now let’s look at some easy, healthy lunckbox snack recipes for your kid to enjoy at school.

 

1. Ham sandwich

Take a thick slice of rye bread or crusty white bread and spread some homemade mayonnaise on it. Top it with lettuce, some slices of tomato, a couple of thick slices of ham, a couple slices of cheddar cheese and a few dill pickle slices and top with lettuce and the other slice of bread. It’s absolutely delicious! This ham sandwich has everything they need: protein, magnesium, minerals, calcium and it looks great!

 

2. Delicious Tuna Salad

You will need:

-          Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon

-          2 teaspoons dijon mustard

-          1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing

-          Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

-          1/4 cup chopped fresh dill

-          1 12 -ounce can solid white tuna in water, drained and flaked

-          1 Kirby cucumber, seeded and chopped

-          1 14 -ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

-          1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

-          1 bunch scallions, sliced

-          1 head romaine lettuce, shredded

-          2 pieces pita or naan bread

Mix the mustard with the lemon juice and lemon zest in a bowl, and slowly incorporate the olive oil until it is blended in well. Whisk in some dill, pepper to taste and ½ teaspoon salt. Toss the tuna in, the cucumber, the tomatoes, scallions and chickpeas and mix with ¼ cup of dressing in a bowl. Next, heat a grill pan and cook the pita (after you’ve lightly brushed it with some olive oil) until it turns golden.

Let it cool and then cut it into wedges. Toss the romaine with the remaining dressing and then add the tuna salad. Serve it with the grilled pita. This delicious healthy salad gives them fiber and protein and it tickles their taste buds.

 

3. Sticker salad bag for kids

This will make lunch very interesting for your kids. Get a classical plastic bag and put some stickers on it then fill it with veggies.

Teach your kids to add the dressing to the bag (whichever they prefer) and let them shake it well to toss the salad. It’s a fun activity for them and they will enjoy their veggies more if they are dressed up like this.

 

4. Cartwheel –Apples

Ingredients  :

-          4 medium unpeeled Red Delicious apples, cored

-          1-1/2 teaspoons honey

-          1/4 cup peanut butter

-          2 tablespoons raisins

-          1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Mix the peanut butter, raisins, chocolate chips and honey and fill the centers of apples with this mixture. Keep them in the fridge for at least 1 hour and then cut them into thick rings. Your kid’s will go bananas for them and this snack will give them lots of energy and vitamins for a great day at school.

 

5. Lunchbox Sandwich Recipe

Take :

-          8 slices bread

-          1/4 cup orange juice

-          1/2 cup peanut butter

-          1/2 cup chopped walnuts

-          1/2 cup finely chopped apple

-          1/2 cup finely chopped dates (optional)

Mix the orange juice and the peanut butter until it reaches a creamy texture, and then add the apple, the walnuts and the dates. Spread it on bread and get a fun alternative for the plain peanut butter sandwich!

It is healthy because it has energetic value, as well as lots of vitamins and minerals.

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