Make Your Own Bento Boxes

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I became obsessed with the bento-type protein box at a popular coffee spot. I liked that I got some protein, could eat it on the go with no utensils. I could eat at my desk, in the car or even at the park when I stepped out of the home office.

Because I wanted more variety and to save some money, I started making my own. I am happy to share some ideas with you.

Start with your proteins.

Get some storage containers. (I’ll share mine below.) Start with adding your proteins to the box and then finish the box with veggies, fruit and carbs (if you eat them). When making for a snack – 1 or 2 proteins would be good, use more if making a lunch. Customize these to meet your needs. You can do gluten free, nut free, dairy free, etc. Mix and match to pack what each family member likes.

Add fruits, veggies and more.

In my free printable  I share ideas for proteins, grains, fruits and veggies. All meet my criteria for no utensils needed and are easy to eat on the go. Print this out, choose your ingredients and fill in the shopping list at the bottom to get started creating your own boxes.

Here are the containers I use, shown in the pictures:
(not affiliate links, just what I purchased from Amazon)
glass 3 part container
glass 2 part container
plastic container
cupcake liners
condiment holders

A quick tip for the apples: soak your apple slices in a bowl of cold water and the juice of half a lemon for 10 minutes. Pat dry with paper towels and add to your boxes. This will keep them from browning for a few days.

Grab your printable here. Let me know what you think!

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