Putting together a lunch for work can be quite the challenge. Who can find time to put together a lunch when instead you can buy something near the office? But, if you’re on a budget or diet, making meals at home could be more impactful. That’s why your life got a whole lot easier by using some of these bento box lunch ideas.
Lately, bento boxes have become a trend. While these lunches look similar to what children carry to school, it seems like a great technique to balance out a healthy and enjoyable meal. I recently became inspired to create these bento boxes after I purchased these reusable bento boxes on Amazon.
Tips and Tricks for Making a Bento Box
- Portion out your meals. Think about the most important healthy foods you want to include in your diet. In addition, the compartments should be used not only for lunch but snacks you can eat off for the rest of the day.
- Meal prep with caution. Yes, meal prepping does save a lot of time on making lunches. However, just be aware on how long the foods will last for a week. Use plastic wrap to help keep these lunches extra fresh then.
- Be creative with leftovers. Did you make chicken for dinner? Shred up the leftovers and use it for your bento box. As much as we love eating the same dinner twice, the meal can taste ten times better as a reimagined lunch.
- Mix it up. Don’t use the same meal idea for the entire week. Even if it tastes great, you can sure get sick of it fast. Instead, break down the week with 2 to 3 ideas to make lunch much more enjoyable meal.
- Add some sweets. Even if you’re trying to be healthy, it doesn’t hurt to treat yourself to a chocolate chip cookie and brownie. It’s all about keeping everything balanced, right?
10 Bento Box Lunch Ideas
Most of all, the opportunities are endless to create a bento box for lunch. Give these ideas a chance if you need a creative push:
- Wrap It Up: Place turkey breast, mozzarella, and arugula on a tortilla. Cut the wrap into wheels and pour out popcorn. Add egg salad, hummus, and celery sticks for sides.
- Protein Box: This Starbucks copycat now tastes better than the original. Add two hardboiled eggs, pepper jack cheese, celery sticks and crackers into the main compartment. Next, fill one side with almond butter and the other slot with cut apples.
- Taco Tuesday: Place two small corn tortillas in your box. Top with black beans and shredded chicken. Fill side slots with cheese, lettuce, and salsa.
- Adult Lunchables: Reliving your childhood is easier than it seems. Fill the main slot with arugula, crackers, mini salami slices, and cheese. Add one of the side compartments with blueberries and fill the other with cashews and chocolate chips. Maybe bring a wine juice box if your work is happy-hour friendly. 😉
- Healthy Greek: Make a Greek village salad in your main compartment. That salad should include tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, red onion, olives, and feta cheese. Cover with olive oil, salt, pepper, and oregano. Fill a side compartment with Greek yogurt and honey. The other compartment can be fresh green grapes.
- PB & J Sushi: Cover two bread slices with peanut butter and jelly. Cut up the slices to roll up. Also, add potato chips next to rolls. Fill side compartments with cut-up mozzarella sticks and strawberries.
- Pasta Salad: Mix cooked pasta with Parmesan cheese, olive oil, and cherry tomatoes. Next, fill the box sides with fig bar and sliced kiwis.
- Leftover Pizza: First of all, we know how happy we are to have leftover pizza. So why not take it in for lunch? Add a simple side salad beside the pizza and fill a compartment with your desired dressing then. Fill the other compartment with carrot sticks and ranch dip.
- Grilled Cheese Kabobs: This pin probably feels like more for kids, but why can’t adults enjoy it too? Stack grilled cheese bites, deli meat, and fruit on a toothpick. Complete the meal with apple slices and brownie bites.
- Lettuce Wraps: If you’re sticking to a paleo diet, take lettuce slices and top with chopped teriyaki chicken, peanuts, and green onions. Fill your sides with raspberries and cucumber slices.
What other combos make some great bento box lunch ideas? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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Author: Katina Beniaris
Born in Chicago, Katina has always been drawn to cities. She spent her college years in the heart of Chicago studying journalism and she travels to various cities every year for new experiences. When she’s not blogging, you can find her catching up on the latest pop culture sensation on Netflix.