I’ll share with you easy ideas to build wholesome and tasty snack boxes in 5 minutes. Kids will devour them!
Bento Box Snack Ideas
Use one of these bento box snack ideas to add nutrition and variety to your kids’ day. They’re quick to assemble, and the posts have tips on how to pack them ahead and keep them fresh so make sure to click through!
Bento Snack Box Add-Ons
Build a healthy and balanced bento snack box using what you have on hand: options are endless! Fruits, veggies, nuts, chips, and so much more will keep those little fingers busy enjoying real and tasty food you can pack in 5 minutes. Win-win!
Here are some epic ideas:
- Carrot sticks
- Snow peas
- Green beans
- Banana Chips
- Bell pepper strips
- Celery sticks
- Pita chips
- Tangerine segments
- Cucumber slices
- Zucchini chips
- Zucchini waffles
- Cherry or grape tomatoes
- Pimento cheese
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Energy bites
- Bacon bits
- Egg cups
- Mini quiches
Tips for Successful Snack Bentos
Saving time and keeping everything fresh and intact until snacktime is possible if you pack these bentos with these tips.
Keeping crackers and chips fresh
Separate for success! Keep crackers and chips fresh and crunchy by packing them in their own compartment, separated from wet ingredients like fruit, veggies, cheese, charcuterie, dips, and anything else with moisture.
Keeping apples from browning
If packing apples or pears in the snack box, cut them and add them to the bento at the very last moment. You can also use store-bought sliced apples or follow these tips to prevent apples from browning in the lunchbox.
These bento box snacks are the ultimate time saver! Pack one, two, or more of them the night before or even a few days ahead and store them in the fridge, so you just have to grab and go on busy mornings.
The Best Bento Snack Containers
The best containers for bento snacks are the ones that have compartments to keep wet and dry ingredients neat and separate from each other.
I use classic plastic stackable bento snack boxes all the time to pack a few bentos all at once. Another favorite at my house is stainless steel containers: smaller, stylish, and perfect for packing a variety of snacks!
These containers hold really well dips like hummus, but if you plan to pack thinner liquids, you’ll want to get small leak-proof containers that are also a great portable choice for lunch sauces.
Bento Box Snacks Ideas: Quick & Easy!
Protein & Fruit Snack Bento Box
- 1 apple, sliced
- 1 handful of seedless grapes
- 2-4 ounces rolled deli turkey
- 1- ounce pretzel chips or whole-grain crackers
- 1- ounce cheese crisps or cubed cheese
- Wash the grapes and slice the apples. Cut each roll of turkey in half.
- Place the grapes, apples, and turkey inside the lunch container.
- Pack the pretzel chips and cheese crisps or cubes into separate compartments to keep them dry.
- Close the lunch container and pack it into a lunch bag with an ice pack.