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As a parent the task of creating a memorable and fun lunchbox can seem like a chore, especially during the first few weeks of school when we’re running around like headless chickens. It can be a hectic time for all of us and the struggle of getting back into a routine is the real deal. From waking up before the sun rises to dragging your half asleep kiddo out of bed- packing a lunch that makes a statement is probably the last thing on your mind. I get it. There are days I suffer from a lack of creative juices and have no clue how to turn an everyday turkey sandwich into a masterpiece. But sometimes us moms and dads stumble upon products that inspire us and that’s all we need to go from a boring brown bag lunch to a brilliant themed bento box.
Typically lunches aren’t difficult to throw together each morning because my daughter isn’t picky and most of the time she eats everything I pack her. She loves sandwiches, fresh fruit, yogurt, cheese, and GoGo squeeZ applesauce pouches. Those are the staples requested when I go grocery shopping and the first things consumed according to her. But realistically, eating the same ol’ lunch everyday can get boring. After a summer of research and preparation I compiled a list of themed ideas to highlight her favorites and also bring an element of surprise to lunch time.
Since stocking up on cookie cutters, silicone baking cups, stackable containers, and cute picks I feel like I can take on the world of lunchboxes one school day at a time. It turns out that my bento box fit for a princess was a huge hit with Toodie and the little girls at her lunch table! Whether you have a prince or princess, this bento can be modified with imagination and your child’s favorite snacks.
What to include in a bento box fit for a princess:
- a crown shaped sandwich using a cookie or sandwich cutter. White bread works best but you can experiment with what you regularly purchase.
- a wand made from a cheese wheel, star cutter, and cake pop stick.
- pink crackers or pretzels
- fruit salad mixed with white chocolate chips. You can use decorative cupcake picks as skewers to form mini kabobs with blueberries or other smaller fruits.
- vanilla yogurt topped with pink sprinkles
- pink utensils
- lunchbox note with personalized message
- other ideas: princess stickers, cupcake wrappers to hold snacks, jellybeans, popcorn sprinkled with pink sugar crystals.
When packing your child’s lunch remember to keep it balanced and delicious at the same time. Include the foods they love but also sneak in the fruits, veggies, protein, and dairy they need. That’s the great thing about themed bento boxes. They help to make lunch fun and more appealing. These convenient GoGo squeeZ applesauce pouches are a healthy snack that can be enjoyed during snack and lunch time. They’re made of more than just applesauce and if you have a picky eater these are a great way to disguise a daily serving of fruits & veggies. Toodie’s teacher loves when I pack these because they are mess free and easy for little hands to open. These princess pouch covers can be used as encouragement and decoration!
How do you get your kids to eat their fruits & veggies during lunch time?
Have any fun bento box ideas or creations to share?