Unless your child happens to attend a pioneering school making the shift toward healthy lunches, you know how difficult it is to come across a nutritious school meal.
For Paleo families, this means you dutifully pack your kids’ meals every day – and if you do, you deserve major kudos, because we know how much effort that takes.
Below, we’ve provided some bento box lunch inspiration for when you’ve made that almond butter and banana sandwich a few too many times. We keep things creative, colorful and nutritionally balanced with bento box creations like Paleo blinis with salmon and capers, simple romaine wraps, tuna meatballs, mini grass-fed burgers and more. Your kids will love their lunches and you’ll rest easy knowing they’re eating sustainable meals for their little bodies.
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Paleo Blini Bento
Here’s a brunch for lunch meal that kids and adults alike will love: blini (savory pancakes) piled with smoked salmon and capers.
Recipe: Nom Nom Paleo | Paleo Blini Bento
Turkey BLTA Roll-Ups Bento
Nix the bread for these turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado roll ups. Additional bento snacks include chocolate chia pudding, applesauce, and fruits and veggies.
Recipe: Our Paleo Life | Turkey BLTA Roll-Ups Bento
Paleo Breakfast Bento
Make sure your little ones get the most nutritious start to their day possible by throwing together a grain-free, added-sugar-free meal. This breakfast bento features cocoa almonds, hard-boiled eggs, and beef jerky for protein, and sweet berries for something bright in the morning.
Recipe: SheKnows | Paleo Breakfast Bento
Deviled Eggs Bento
Bentos are all about mixing up a smattering of nutritious, fun foods for your kiddos. These deviled eggs, served alongside guacamole, fruits, and veggies, offer a protein and healthy fat combination to keep your kids going all day.
Recipe: Our Paleo Life | Deviled Eggs Bento
Little House on the Snack Box
Pack your snacks – fruits and turkey, in this case – in a house-shaped box for an adorable kid’s lunch.
Recipe: Wendolonia | Little House on the Snack Box
Romaine Wrap Sandwich
Keep things gluten-free for your kiddos with simple romaine-wrapped “sandwiches” and, of course, lots of fruits and veggies to accompany them.
Recipe: Keeley McGuire | Romaine Wrap Sandwich
Paleo Ants on a Log
Almond butter-based (or whichever nut butter your kid loves most) ants on a log are a great bento box snack. This box also features a veggie medley for optimal nutrition and Paleo chocolate pudding as a treat.
Recipe: Paleo Leap | Paleo Ants on a Log
Homemade Protein Box
Make sure your kids are energized with a homemade protein bento featuring salami, cheese (use Paleo cheese if strictly dairy-free), vegetables, dried and fresh fruits.
Recipe: What Lisa Cooks | Homemade Protein Box
Sausage and Vegetables Bento
Keep things snappy and refreshing with snap peas, bell pepper slices, apples, cherry tomatoes and a sausage for protein.
Recipe: Wendolonia | Sausage and Vegetables Bento
Tuna Meatballs Bento
For a warm lunch, pack your kid these tasty tuna meatballs – little finger- and bento-friendly, of course. Sub in Paleo kale chips for a strictly Paleo bento box.
Recipe: Keeley McGuire | Tuna Meatballs Bento
Grain-Free Tortilla Wraps
A coconut flour-based tortilla is an island of possibility when it comes to bento box lunches. Here we have ham and cheese (use Paleo cheese if strictly dairy-free) and sun butter roll-ups. Bonus points for adorable fruit cutouts!
Recipe: What Lisa Cooks | Grain-Free Tortilla Wraps
Chicken Salad and Fruit
If salad is a hard sell for your little one, add large pieces of diced fruit and chicken – they’ll see it more like a finger food. Sub in Paleo-friendly energy bites for another sustaining finger food.
Recipe: Keeley McGuire | Chicken Salad and Fruit
Mini Burgers with Olives, Carrots and Applesauce
How do you make kids love burgers even more? Make them pint-sized – the perfect size for teeny hands. If olives are still a little too intense for your kiddo, sub in another fresh fruit or vegetable.
Recipe: Paleo Leap | Mini Burgers with Olives, Carrots and Applesauce
Egg Roll-Ups and Scones Breakfast Box
The perfect, complete breakfast for a picky eater, this bento boasts a scrumptious apple cinnamon scone, savory prosciutto, and egg roll-ups.
Recipe: Nom Nom Paleo | Egg Roll-Ups and Scones Breakfast Box
Protein-Packed Meatball Skewers
These homemade meatballs boast added veggies like kale and mushrooms. They’re paired with hard-boiled eggs, pickles and almonds for a super-filling power lunch.
Recipe: What Lisa Cooks | Protein-Packed Meatball Skewers
Simple Hard-Boiled Egg Bento
Sometimes, we have limited time and energy for our kids’ lunch. On those days, throw together a balanced meal with items already found in your fridge, like hard-boiled eggs, fresh fruit, almond butter and veggies.
Recipe: The Roxx Box | Simple Hard-Boiled Egg Bento
Chicken Salad and Roasted Chestnuts
Crisp and crunchy chicken salad pairs well with roasted chestnuts and dried fruit on the side. Bonus points if you serve those roasted chestnuts around Christmas time.
Recipe: Paleo Leap | Chicken Salad and Roasted Chestnuts
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