Back to school: Bento Box lunch inspo

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Back to school: Bento Box lunch inspo

It's always a struggle to find inspiration for school lunches, but Bento Boxes make things a little easier.

Offering small samples of different foods, parents can mix things up and encourage kids to experiment with new foods while still letting them have their everyday, tried-and-true favourites.

With the final school term for 2020 upon us, we've collated the best Bento Box lunch ideas for inspiration!

Farmers & Stevens

An affordable option is the Sistema To Go Bento Box available in 3 different sizes at Farmers and Stevens.

The larger of the three features a generous center compartment that can be split as desired with a moveable slide divider, a seal-tight yogurt pot and two smaller compartments with hinged lids for dips, spreads, nuts or raisins.

Our suggestions: Sushi, trail mix, Greek yoghurt with berries, French onion dip with celery and capsicum.

Countdown

Take lunch on-the-go with the Decor Go 2.7L XL Divided Lunchbox available at Countdown.

Countdown's version of the Bento is designed for superior function and style. The set includes an extra large base big enough to hold a sandwich, banana, snacks, crackers, juice box and more.

Use the two snack compartments with soft peel lid to keep wet foods such as yoghurt, sliced fruit and dip separate so there’s no more soggy lunches.

The compartments are slightly bigger than your average Bento, so it's great for adult-sized lunches too.

Our suggestions: Vegetable soup, hummus and carrot sticks, ham and cheese pinwheels, mixed berries.

Smiggle

The Bento Box ($39.95) from Smiggle gives kids the freedom to choose how much of any food they want to eat, but also puts parents in the driver’s seat by providing nutritious options that are out of the comfort zone (hello veggie sticks!).

The compartments allow you to get creative with dips, mini sandwiches or veggie or lentil chips with similar flavours and textures to their favourites potato chips.

If they can't see the packet, they won't know the difference!

Our suggestions: Boiled eggs, veggie sticks, popcorn, blueberries, pasta salad.

If you try any of our Bento suggestions we'd love to see your creations. Don't forget to tag us at #westfieldmanukau

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