July 19, 2023
Is there anything better than making a healthy lunch in 5 minutes that feels like you’re eating a picnic at school? I think not! Read below to learn how to pack this bento box so it stays fresh for lunch!
5 Minute Deli Meat & Fruit Bento Lunch Idea
When you want to pack lunches fast, it’s best to not overthink it. Kids love finding a variety of foods that vary in color and texture inside their lunchbox and parents can feel good about the nutrition inside. What I love about this bento is that it has a little bit of everything, and it’s fun to eat, just like a picnic!
This picnic-inspired lunch idea takes 5 minutes to prep and it’s as simple as grabbing what you have in the fridge and pantry and assembling it in a compartmentalized lunch container.
What’s in a Picnic Bento Box
Truth be told, the possibilities are endless when it comes to assembling a colorful bento box. In this one, you’ll find:
- Fruit: this lunch includes fresh strawberries and blueberries.
- Veggies: sliced crunchy English cucumber.
- Protein: 2 to 4 ounces of rolled-up deli turkey.
- Something crunchy: pita chips, but you can add whole-grain crackers too.
- Treat: puffed cheese bites, but this can be something sweet too.
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How to pack this bento
Here is how to pack this charcuterie lunchbox so it stays fresh until lunch:
Wash fruit and veggies, slice as needed.
- Wet ingredients together
The fruit and veggies and protein can be packed in the same compartment.
- Separate dry ingredients
To keep the pita chips or crackers crunchy until lunch, they must be packed in a separate compartment so they don’t absorb moisture from the other ingredients.
- Prepare for transport
Close the lid, add an ice pack if the weather is hot, and place it inside your child’s lunch bag.
Tips for packing this Bentos like a pro
Who loves to pack lunches early in the morning? No one! This Picnic Bento Box can be packed ahead of time from start to finish. Then you put it in the fridge, and the next thing is to grab it and pack it in the lunch bag.
Pack once, eat twice!
Double, triple, or more this recipe, and you’ll have lunches ready to grab and go during the week!
Build a teen lunchbox
You may need to add something extra if there are teens at home. Add veggies, hard-boiled eggs, a dip, or a treat (like these No-bake Energy Bites), and that’s it! If packing a dip, use a small lidded container.
Picnic Bento Box
- ½ cup strawberries
- ⅓ cup blueberries
- ½ cup English cucumber sliced
- 3 ounces deli turkey
- Pita chips or crackers
- Wash fresh fruit and veggies.
- Slice fruit and veggies into bite-sized pieces and place inside the lunch container.
- Roll up deli turkey, and slice into smaller pieces.
- Place pita chips in a separate lunch compartment to keep them dry.
- Close the lunchbox and refrigerate or place it in a lunch bag with an ice pack.
Nutrition information is calculated without chips and crackers.