Fighting the quarantine doldrums with your kids is challenging for parents. You may be trying to juggle work at home while also supervising your kid’s home-schooling. The stress levels are running high at this perilous time. Below are some fun bento lunch box ideas you can make for a backyard picnic!
Have Fun While in Quarantine with a Bento Box Backyard Picnic
Break up the monotony, get some fresh air, and spend some quality time with your kids by having a backyard picnic. Spread a blanket on the grass or set up some lawn chairs in the shade and watch everyone’s face light up.
A bento box is ideal for making your picnic meal convenient and healthy, too. Bento boxes originated in Japan, where traditionally, a Bento box was a multi-sectioned box exquisitely made to hold rice and noodles, meat and cooked vegetables. Today, a modern Bento box is available in all shapes and sizes. It can keep hot or cold food fresh for hours.
In the morning, pack a lunch for you and your kids in your Bento boxes and it will stay fresh and delicious until lunchtime. When it’s time for lunch, grab your Bento boxes, beverages, take them outside and let the quarantine blues disappear.
Here are some wonderfully fun bento box lunch ideas that your kids will love. They work beautifully in your Bento boxes.
Healthy Chicken Salad and Ants on a Log
Healthy Chicken Salad
- 6 tablespoons nonfat plain Greek yogurt (instead of mayo)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
- 2/3 cup red seedless grapes
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
Ants on a Log
- 1 stalk celery, cut into thirds
- 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
- 15 raisins
- 8 whole wheat crackers
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- Make the chicken salad by mixing yogurt, honey, mustard, garlic powder, pepper and salt in a large bowl.
- Add chicken, grapes, pecan and onions and mix well.
- Assemble Ants on a Log with celery, peanut butter and raisins and place in another section of the Bento box
- In other sections of the box, add crackers and strawberries.
- 3 graham cracker squares
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 3 banana slices
- 9 blueberries
- 1 cup assorted chopped fruit
- 3 mini sweet peppers, sliced into strips
- 1 tablespoon yogurt Ranch dressing
- Spread peanut butter on graham crackers. Arrange banana slices and blueberries to create eyes and noses.
- In another section, toss in a mixture of colorful fruit such as raspberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, honeydew, blueberries and blackberries.
- Serve with sweet peppers and ranch dressing.
- 1 banana, mashed
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1/4 cup low-sodium peanut butter
- 2 (8-inch) whole wheat tortillas
- 1 kiwifruit, thinly sliced
- 4 strawberries, thinly sliced
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Mix banana, honey and peanut butter in a small bowl. Spread onto tortilla and layer with kiwi and strawberries.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon. Roll up in a tortilla, slice into 1-inch thick slices. Place in one section of the Bento box. In another section, add some veggies like sweet peppers, carrots and celery sticks.
- 4 grape tomatoes
- 4 cubes of Cheddar cheese
- 2 slices whole wheat bread, cut into small squares
- 2 slices ham or another lunchmeat, cut in half
- 1/2 small cucumber, sliced lengthwise to create 4 ribbons
- Using skewers or coffee stirrers, assemble kabobs with tomatoes, cheese, bread, ham or lunchmeat and cucumber slices. Please kabobs in one section of the Bento box.
- In the other sections, add apple or veggie slices and a few crackers.
Lunchmeat & Crackers
Eliminate the high-carb bread and simply pack a few slices of lunch meat or leftover meat into your box. Add a few of your favorite crackers to add a few satisfying carbs and some slices of fruits and veggies for fiber.
Cold Cut Sandwich Wraps
If you’re not ready to give up the bread altogether but don’t want the carbs, go with a wrap. Wrap your favorite lunch meat in a sandwich wrap along with the condiments you like most. Add some protein in the form of a hard-boiled egg, some nuts, and throw in some of your favorite fruit. Don’t forget some raw veggies. Make it easy on yourself with cherry tomatoes or sweet peppers, and you don’t even have to slice anything.
Southwest Pasta Salad
- 1 (12 oz.) box whole wheat mini shells
- 1 (15 oz.) can reduced-sodium black beans, drained, rinsed
- 1 (15 oz.) can no-salt-added corn, drained, rinsed
- 1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
- 6 mini sweet peppers, diced
- 1 green onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup yogurt Ranch dressing
- 1 ounce blue tortilla chips
- 2 tablespoons Wholly Guacamole® mini
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/2 banana, sliced
- 1 tablespoon granola
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and let cool.
- Mix pasta, beans, corn, tomatoes, peppers, onion, cheese and ranch in a large bowl. Spoon salad into one section of the Bento box.
- In other sections of the Bento box, add tortilla chips and guacamole.
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