A New Twist on School Lunches

Written by Kristen Bryant

Recently, the internet seems to have been taken by storm with cute and creatively designed bento box-style school lunches for kids. The most detailed of these resemble works of art, but don’t worry, you don’t have to create elaborate scenes or animal cutouts to send your child to school with a unique and healthy lunch. These eco-friendly bento boxes, free from BPA, add a fun organizational element not found in traditional lunch boxes. Fill the compartments with fruits, veggies, proteins and other healthy snacks to send your kid off to school with colorful and nutrient-packed meals.

Healthy & Kid-Friendly Easy Lunch Ideas:


  • Sliced grilled chicken
  • Peeled, raw purple and orange carrots
  • Green and red bell peppers
  • Cantaloupe and raspberries
  • Hummus
  • Almonds and dark chocolate chips


  • Cheese, pepperoni and crackers
  • Grapes
  • Cucumbers and peeled, raw purple and orange carrots
  • Hummus


  • Turkey and cheese roll-ups
  • Grapes
  • Cucumbers
  • Hummus and pita chips
  • Peeled, raw purple and orange carrots
  • Popcorn


  • Almond butter sandwich (use cookie cutter for fun shapes)
  • Cantaloupe and grapes
  • Cottage cheese
  • Sunflower seeds


  • Salami and cheese
  • Cucumber, tomatoes and red onion (with drizzled red wine vinegar, olive oil and sprinkled oregano)
  • Raspberries and blueberries
  • Pretzels
  • Olives

Photos by Asha McLaughlin & Kristen Vann Bryant
Produce and sunflowers supplied by KelRae Farm, Toano, VA


  • Kristen Hoffman Bryant

    This lunch box has changed my mornings! My kids LOVE making their lunch everyday and they actually choose healthy options. Whenever we can’t think of ideas we come back to this list.

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