July 12, 2022
I’ll show you how easy it is to assemble this bento box using what you already have in the fridge and pantry so it stays fresh until lunchtime. From fruits to deli turkey and something with a little crunch!
Fresh Fruit Bento Box
While the name says “for kids,” this fruit bento box is perfect for everyone! It’s filled with healthy options, and you can easily bulk it up by adding veggies or extra protein like hard-boiled eggs or Greek yogurt.
Packing bento boxes is an easy way to get creative with lunch ingredients you already have on hand. Don’t have grapes? Swap them out for berries. Use ham instead of turkey- the possibilities are endless.
If you’d like to prep this for an easy grab-and-go lunch, make sure to soak the sliced apples to prevent them from browning.
What is in this Fruit Bento Box for Kids
While you can always mix and match ingredients in your bento, here’s some inspiration to get you started.
- Fresh fruit: this lunch features sliced apples and seedless grapes.
- Protein: sliced deli turkey is an easy source of protein you can roll and pack.
- Something cheesy: cheese crisps, cheese crackers, or regular cubed cheese.
- Something crunchy: we love pretzel chips, but swap them out for fresh vegetables or another snack.
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How to Pack This Fruit Bento Box for Kids
Grab those ingredients, and let’s pack up this fruit bento box for kids!
Slice the apples, wash the grapes, and roll up the deli meat.
- Pack the wet ingredients
Place the apples, grapes, and turkey into the largest compartment of your lunch container.
- Add the dry ingredients
In order for the pretzels and cheese crisps (or cheese) to stay dry, they need to be packed separately from the fruit and protein.
- Pack it up!
Close the lunch container, and place it in a lunch bag with an ice pack.
More tips for packing this bento box
Swaps and adds-in
As long as you keep wet and dry ingredients in different compartments, there’s room for extra ingredients and substitutions! More fruits you can include: pears, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, sliced cucumber, etc. No deli turkey? Add ham or another deli meat or make it a Fruit & Veggie Stoplight Snack Bento.
Make it for teens (and adults)
Bigger bellies may need more to be filled! Add one or two hard-boiled eggs (or Greek yogurt), extra veggies (like carrot, cherry tomatoes, or bell pepper strips), olives, and a dip! If adding a dip, like hummus or Ranch, pack it in a leak-proof container.
Assemble several fruit bento boxes at once and store them in the fridge to add to the lunch bag during the week. If you include an apple, cut it and add it to the lunchbox the same day your kids are going to eat it.
Protein & Fruit 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.