One Week of Easy Bento Box Lunch Ideas for Kids (All are Sandwich-Free!)

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Kids lunch ideas will be easier with these bento box lunch ideas! 

bentgo lunch with various types of snack foods inside - kids lunch ideas

Lunch should be easy and enjoyable! 🍱

Need easy kids lunch ideas? We’ve rounded up bento lunch ideas to make you feel organized and your kids will actually enjoy eating them too!

Shopping for a new Bento-style lunch box? These are our team’s favorite bento-style lunch boxes to buy!

Bentgo Box on table filled with food - kids lunch ideas

There are endless ways to pack a bento lunch for your kiddo! Plus, they’re a great way to make meals fun and engaging since the compartments allow for packing multiple kinds of food. We came up with a few, fresh ideas to mix up lunches this week!

*Reminder to check with your school to be sure nut products are allowed before packing them. 

Check out our easy Bento box lunch ideas:

1. The no-sandwich lunch is perfect if your traditional PB&J is played out. 

close up of bentgo style lunch box on wood table with yogurt eggs and nuts - kids lunch ideas

Consider hard-boiled eggs as the main source of protein for your kiddo’s lunch, rather than packing a sandwich with deli meat or peanut butter. We love the idea of packing up the other bento compartments with yummy foods like yogurt, granola, and cheese puffs.

Hip Tip: Speaking of snackers, our Hip sidekick, Lina, came up with a genius idea using this under $5 snackle box! You can pack a large variety of foods, making it the perfect idea for road trips and anyone on the go!

2. A vegan lunch provides multiple different snack options for your bento lunch ideas. 

bentgo lunch with vegan food packing in each compartment

This colorful lunch is a great spin on a traditional school lunch, especially if you have a kiddo like mine who loves to snack on veggies. Create a spinach salad with chickpeas, and hummus with fresh veggies to dip like broccoli, carrots, peppers, cucumbers, and more. Finish it off with some fresh fruit for dessert.

3. The snacker lunch is always a hit with the kids. 

close up of organized lunch with various snacks

We love this lunch idea because you can fill your bentgo lunch box with tons of different ideas and we know kids love options! Our snacker bentgo lunch ideas will keep kids engaged during lunch and excited to eat.

For our lunch, we used salami, cheese slices, sweet potato crackers, grapes, popcorn, mixed nuts, cucumbers, and carrots.

To get a similar design with your salami, fold each piece over a shot glass or small fluted glass rim and continue all the way around and repeat until you have a rose shape.

4. A picky eater bento box lunch idea is still healthy but is filled with more of what they love. 

close up of pink lunch box organized with picky eater snacks

Packing for a picky eater? The picky eater lunch idea will be your go-to for days you need a quick and easy lunch solution that they’re sure to eat. I packed some foods my kiddo is sure to never turn down like ham rolls, cheese, applesauce, fresh fruit, and cereal.

5. Wrap up the week with our gluten-free Bento lunch ideas.

hand holding bentgo lunch ideas for gluten free lunch

Grab your favorite gluten-free wraps and deli meat to create a sandwich-free bentgo lunch idea! We always have corn tortillas on hand, but you could also consider using a gluten-free flour tortilla shell that’s easy to roll. You can slice them into pinwheels for an even more decorative look. To complete your lunch slide some fruit and pretzels for dipping in nut butter. Apples and sunflower butter work great if you’re packing for a peanut-free school.

Need more Bento box lunch ideas? Head to to see more recipe suggestions and tips!

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About the writer:

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