DIY Protein Bistro Box

Do you feel like you need to add a little extra protein to your kid’s lunch? This is perfect for you!

DIY Protein Bistro BoxHere at MOMables, we’re big proponents of the idea “Why BUY it, when you can MAKE it?”

Especially when you’re working on filling up your lunch boxes, you can never go wrong with more options, so come check it out here!

So while the boxed “lunches” (*cough* snack size!) at a certain popular coffee chain are made with fresher and healthier ingredients than other boxed lunch options, $5 is still pretty steep for something you can easily put together yourself for less!

Plus packing it yourself means you can control the ingredients and cater to personal tastes. Don’t like pepper? Skip it. Need gluten-free? No problem! Prefer your eggs soft-boiled? Go for it!

The coffee-house boxed “lunch” makes a nice snack or supplement to a larger meal, but with a few changes, you can easily pack a stand-alone lunch!

Make It a Meal!

Add more apples, grapes, and cheese. And include a serving of fresh vegetables too, while you’re at it, for a nice balanced meal! See more ideas on how to make a bistro box here.

*I used a gluten-free multi-grain roll and maple-syrup flavored peanut butter (yum!)

DIY Protein Bistro Box

DIY Protein Bistro Box
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  • 2 small slices aged cheddar cheese
  • 1 hard-boiled egg (check out MOMables tips to make them easy-peel!)
  • 2 tablespoons honey-flavored peanut butter, or regular peanut butter or non-nut butter*
  • 3 apple slices (check out the MOMables tips to help keep them from browning!)
  • 710 grapes
  • 1 multigrain roll or scone (apple-cinnamon-raisin is closer to the weird “Muesli bread” thing the coffee-shop box has, but feel free to use your favorite!)
  • Salt & pepper


  1. Pack more or less, to fit your tastes and appetite!


* You can mix in a small amount of honey or agave syrup if you want it sweet like the packet that comes with the $5 version. 1 tablespoon should be enough for a small jar of peanut butter, so you shouldn’t need much here.


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About Kendra Peterson

Kendra has two daughters on a gluten free, dairy free, and dye free diets. She cooks meals that don't come from a can, boxed or with unidentifiable ingredients. She makes miracles with the random veggies she gets from her CSA box and can be seen pulled over at the park or library feeding her kids food packed in lunch boxes. You can also find her making fun waste-free lunches on her blog, Biting the Hand That Feeds You.