With the school season approaching and schedules quickly filling up; parents need to find options that make lunch prep quick and easy. Bento boxes are a quick and fun way to pack lunches for kids!
Bento Box Basics
One thing I love about bento boxes is that you can get creative with endless options for what to pack! Whether you have some leftovers or their favourite foods, these perfectly balanced lunches are so much easier to assemble and require minimal effort.
Tip: For those that want to simplify their lunch prep without compromising on cuteness, try using a wavy cheese knife for cheeses, fruits or vegetables! Kids love the fun shapes and it may also get the pickiest of eaters to try something new!
Bento Boxes for Kids
KSP has an amazing selection of bento boxes and adorable lunch bags to get your kids ready for the school year. I’ll be sharing three top bento box picks along with a few options on how to fill them to get you ready for your little one’s first week back to school!
Bento Box 1: Egg Muffins
Egg muffins are an easy, veggie packed, make ahead option that are great for both kids and parents alike. I used the base of the Fuel Primary Bento-Style Box to pack egg muffins, banana bread, and fun wavy cheese slices while the top tier included apple slices and pretzels. The Fuel Primary Flatware is the matching utensil set that is eco-friendly and dishwasher safe.
Bento Box 2: Leftovers for Lunch
Leftovers are a simple option for next day’s lunch. This veggie pasta can be customized to include your child’s favourite vegetables or pasta shapes. Pair this with some fresh fruit and a side of protein such as mini turkey meatballs for a happy tummy!
The Stasher snack bag is a durable and reusable snack bag that can store everything from carrots to pretzels. I love these snack bags and find them so sleek! The KSP Lunch Pop! is a great collapsible box that’s a huge space saver. It’s a great option for the parents that want to make bento boxes but don’t have enough cabinet space to store them all! Bonus it comes with a built-in spork and condiment holder!
Bento Box 3: Tortilla Pinwheels
If you have a snacker in your household who prefers finger foods, then this box is the perfect choice! The Sistema Klip It To Go has a ton of compartments to separate different foods.
Tortilla pinwheels are always favourite with kids! I used a classic combo of ham, cheese, and lettuce. Optional: you can use toothpicks to keep them in place if your child is older. I paired these with wavy cucumber slices, maple almond granola, a hard boiled egg, blueberries, strawberries and tomato and cheese flowers for a complete meal but all can be adjusted based on your child’s favourite snacks!
Kick off the school year right by visiting KSP for all your back to school essentials and get your creativity flowing with these easy to make bento box lunches for you and your kids!
Christine Kozovski is a new mom, food photographer and health & safety professional based out of Toronto Ontario. She shares her passion for food through easy and fresh recipes that can be found on her blog and Instagram account. She gets her food inspiration from her parents, growing up with both Asian and Mediterranean influences as well as places she’s travelled. Her adventurous side shines through when she gets to explore new cities and try new foods. She’s excited to start a different type of adventure now that her family has grown to include her 10 month old son.