More bentos – Not always the healthiest, but still better than school’s?

One of the challenges I ran into while making bento boxes is making sure the food I sent was both healthy *and* something they’d really enjoy eating.

After all, I didn’t want them to feel like they were missing out on what other kids were eating at school. Fortunately, they dislike a lot of the cafeteria foods, but when I’m sending lunches, I want them polishing most of the food off instead of discarding various bits like they would off a lunch try.

Here are some more attempts, which aren’t always the healthiest (see those fries? yeah….), but still manage to balance out quite nicely:

  • Homemade pizza pockets
  • Peanut butter and crackers
  • Dried pineapple chips (they taste like laffy taffy!)
  • Cauliflower
  • Orange slices
  • Homemade roasted red pepper hummus (not pictured)

  • Pork onigiri rice balls with soy sauce
  • Baby dill pickles (they look like sweet gherkins, but they’re dill)
  • Vegetable straws
  • Pretzel crackers
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Peanut butter and banana sandwiches
  • Spaghetti
  • Orange (I ran out of time to peel or slice)
  • Cucumber, tomato, red onion Greek salad (but they call it Canadian salad because I made it the first time after a trip to Vancouver)
  • Overstuffed chicken fajita with chicken, peppers, onions, salsa
  • Boiled egg on a bed of sprouts
  • Homemade beef jerky
  • Peanut butter banana sandwiches by request

  • Spaghetti with meat and olive tomato sauce
  • Chopped pink eggs with funky colored yolk sunshine
  • French fries
  • Homemade dried pineapple chips
  • Frozen strawberries
  • Ketchup packages for the fries (totally going with the traditional Japanese bento here, huh?)


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