Simple 5 Tips for Building Healthy Bento Box Menu Ideas



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Healthy bento box ideas are a great way to make a simple afternoon snack or lunch. You can easily prepare these boxes the night before, and grab and go to work or school. Here are my top five menu tips for building a simple but healthy bento box lunch and snacks to help you on your wellness journey.

Once you create an easy bento box menu idea then you simply can build out your box each week. Try to rotate the ingredients you choose each week. This ensures you don’t get bored with your healthy bento box.

1. Choose a Container for Your Bento Box

Choose a container for your bento box.

You can find traditional Japanese-style bento boxes online, or you can use any type of airtight container with multiple compartments. This makes it easier to create an easy bento box for an afternoon snack.

The benefit of multiple compartments is that you can fit each of the following categories into each section, constructing the perfect balanced, healthy afternoon snack for your bento box.

2. Power Up With Protein

power up with protein for healthy afternoon bento box

Protein is an essential component of any balanced snack, as it keeps you feeling satisfied between meals. Some good options include boiled eggs, cottage cheese, hummus, edamame beans, and roasted chickpeas.

3. Add Vegetables and Fruit to Round Out a Healthy Bento Box

Vegetables and fruit for a healthy bento box idea.

Go for color here! Carrot sticks, cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, and berries are all convenient. Eating a variety of colorful vegetables and fruits ensures you are consuming plenty of health-promoting antioxidants.

4. Add in Complex Carbohydrates

Complex carbohydrates for a healthy bento box idea.

Carbohydrates are a great source of quick energy. If you know you have an active day ahead, you can increase carbs you include in your snack. A quick menu idea is to select complex carbs like gluten-free crackers, pretzels, mini-bagels, rice cakes, or pita chips for your bento box.

5. Choose Healthy Fats for Bento Box Snack Ideas

Good fats for afternoon snack.

Nuts and seeds are perfect here and add great texture! Olives and nut butter will also add variety and a good dose of healthy fats to your bento box menu idea. Including healthy fats in your snack game can help reduce inflammation and help you feel fuller longer.

Let’s Discuss Your Favorite Bento Box Ideas!

I would love to hear what your favorite easy bento box menu recipes are. What about your favorite healthy snack ideas for kids? Share your favorite in the comments below.

If you love snack ideas, try reading this article.

You can also connect with me @Eat_Your_Nutrition on Instagram. I love seeing your photos. #EatYourNutrition #LauraVillanueva

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