Expert-Inspired Back-to-School Bento Box Lunch Ideas for Busy Moms

It’s that time of year again, folks! Summer is winding down, and back-to-school shopping is well underway! Pencils and clothing are always a must, but there’s only one item that every parent needs on their back to school list this year, and it’s the bento box.

A traditional Japanese style of home-packed meals, the bento box is all the rage thanks to it’s ingenious organization, which makes packing, eating, and storing SO easy!!

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If you’re familiar at all with the bento box craze, or even if you do a quick search on Pinterest, the CREATIVITY can be overwhelming…

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Let’s just say, we know whose kids will be ace-ing art class this year.

You don’t have to be a master of creative foods to pack healthy and delicious lunches easier and quicker than ever with a bento box.

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Kiss Ziplock baggies goodbye, and kick this school year off right with these expert-inspired bento box lunch ideas that’ll make back to school a breeze!

This awesome set is sold on Amazon for just $18.99, and Prime members get free 2-day shipping. PLUS, it comes with this super cute sandwich cutter, and an easy-to-use spoon/fork/knife combo. Then put your new bento boxes to good use with these super simple bento box lunch ideas.

Check out these expert-inspired Bento Box lunch ideas for back-to-school.

Health nut and Foodie Vlogger, Alyssia Sheikh, has generated an entire YouTube audience around easy-to-make bento box recipes and meal prep ideas. With over 700,000 subscribers, I turned to her for some back-to-school bento box inspiration.

All of Alyssia’s bento box lunches are made up of six core items:

  • Main or protein
  • Fruit
  • Starch or grain
  • Vegetable
  • Snack
  • Sweet Treat

You can always add, subtract, modify, or completely reinvent anything that goes into your bento box. The idea is to make meal prep a healthy, easy thing to do that saves you time and hassle in the long run.

In this particular video, Alyssia features three different lunch combinations that are totally different from your average PB&J with Cheetos.

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I mean, chicken salad spring rolls? Peanut butter and banana uncrustables? Sushi sammie roll-ups? My kids are never going to want to buy school lunch again!

The thing I love about these bento box lunches is that they’re so easy to mix and match, and use whatever you already have in your fridge. Out of strawberries this week? Swap for a banana. Don’t have time to make homemade sweet potato chips? Regular chips will do. Can’t send your kid to school with peanut butter? Sun butter is a tasty and healthy alternative.

In my quest to find some of the best and simplest bento box lunch ideas on the internet, I also came across this Tasty video by BuzzFeed.

If you don’t know, Tasty pretty much coined the new-age, social media craze of short, informative, cooking videos that you see as you scroll through your newsfeed. Y’all, they’re legitimately addictive. Unlike your typical Food Network show that lasts 30-60 minutes and features a celebrity chef extraordinaire, Tasty videos feature only hands. No voices, and only typography for the instructions.

That all to say, they make things easy to follow, thus winning them my second pick for fail-proof bento box lunch ideas.

Whether you take the time to cut cute shapes out of your lunchmeat, or simply toss it all together to make a DIY lunchable, you can’t go wrong with these simple and unique bento box lunch ideas that are TRULY a step above!

Don’t get stuck in a rut of packing brown paper sack lunches this year! Get your meal prep on and have lunches made for the whole week in a Jiffy. (Pun intended).

For more bento box recipes and back to school lunch ideas, check out Alyssia’s collection of eBooks HERE, or subscribe to her Mind Over Munch YouTube channel.  You can also download the Tasty App for all of your foodie inspiration!

Don’t get stuck in a rut of packing brown paper sack lunches this year! Get your meal prep on and have lunches made for the whole week in a Jiffy. (Pun intended).


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