Easy Bento-Style Lunches for Kids


This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps and Boar’s Head. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

We pack lunches almost every day of the week for the 7 and 5 year olds and the 2 year old is every day. So, we have to have some variety in their lunches to keep everybody from getting bored.

With the help of Boar’s Head’s Sandwiches and Paninis and Harvest Snaps Lunchspiration, and my own creative genius, I’ve come up with some easy, healthy and well rounded lunches for the kids. And, they don’t require crazy tools or amounts of time. (I love the super creative lunch boxes, it’s just not me!)

Easy school lunches in bento boxes

carrot sticks // diced avocado with lime juice // Harvest Snaps pea “chips” // homemade chicken salad with Boar’s Head pickles // grapes // whole wheat crackers

My favorite are the lightly salted Harvest Snaps. They are light, crispy and have a flavor that tastes nothing like peas to me (but, I like peas). They are baked, gluten-free, high in fiber and protein, low in sodium and fat. And quite a few flavors are also dairy free!

Bento lunches for kids

ham wrap (inspired by a Boar’s Head wrap*) // clementine orange // cheese stick // GoGoSqueez // butter crackers

Did you know that all of Boar’s Head premium products contain no fillers, no by-products, no artificial colors or flavors, no gluten, and zero grams of trans fat per serving? It’s a little pricier than the stuff prepackaged (about $10/pound), but they keep it real!

Preschool + Kid Lunches Remix

cheese stick // grape tomatoes // ravioli (already cooked and cooled) // baby carrots // clementine orange

Since people always ask, these are packed in Easy Lunchboxes and I like to use silicon cupcake liners to add the extra sections and keep things from touching.

I always like to see what other people are putting in their lunches that are easy and fun, so I searched around for a couple good ones.

Easy Bento-Style Lunches

laptop lunch with berries and sushi sandwiches // Rio2 inspired lunch // toddler bento-style lunch // pizza bento lunch // chicken taco bento lunch

SnapPea Crips


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  1. Thank you so much for posting this! I feel like we are in a homemade lunch rut. I love all of the new ideas! Katelyn loves chicken salad. What kind of chicken did you use? Do you have a recipe for the chicken salad? The peas sound delicious! We love regular sugar snap peas. I am not sure what flavors they have, but garlic, sea salt, or Parmesan cheese sounds pretty good.

    1. I use boiled chicken breast that I shred with the stand mixer (canned chicken works too) Super easy. Then I add mayo (just enough to moisten). Sprinkle some Italian seasoning. Add a ton of dill pickles diced or dill pickle relish. Diced celery and Granny Smith apples. I’ve added chopped pecans before and the hubby likes grapes in it but I don’t.

      It’s super flexible for sure. Just whatever you have around;).

      Glad it helped!

  2. Katie likes quesadillas for lunch. One of her favorite quesadillas is just cheese and turkey pepperoni! She also loves soup in a thermos. We like the GoGo Squeeze fruit, also.

    1. I’m going to have to pull the thermoses out again and add soup back into the mix. They like to being spaghetti and meat sauce too!

  3. The Snapea Crisps: Caesar flavor looks good
    My daughter’s favorite lunch is salmon wrap rolls (flour tortilla, spread cream cheese, layer smoked salmon in a thin row, add some spinach leaves, make a roll. Cut into slices). She wants that every day. Or sushi 🙂 . Sushi is really easy to pack after I pick it up at Publix 🙂

    1. I’ve never thought to make wraps like that…or pick up sushi for my girls. They LOVE it! Then again, I’d go broke!

  4. pat chance says:

    You definitely pack some creative lunches. I like the silicone cup idea. keep it all separated.

    1. You gotta keep ’em separated, hey ay ay…okay, wait. You probably don’t know that song!

  5. Those look yummy. I wish someone would pack my lunch! I also wish we could send Logan with food from home, but school does a pretty ok job of having balanced lunches. Breakfast has left us rather unimpressed so we feed her before she goes 🙂

    1. I wish somebody would pack my lunch, too! It always tastes better when somebody else prepares it!

  6. My favorite lunch to pack is soup or a salad. The soups mom makes and brings over are my absolute favorite!

  7. Black pepper! Yum!

    1. those were a close second to the lightly salted!

  8. since the kid eat lunch inn school have to carry goodie for after school qucik meals
    i have to carry up to 6 of snack meal i put carrott stick grape orange and then i rool up ham or the bolagna and then the drink and sting ccheese

  9. Teresa Stillwell says:

    My favorite flavor of the pea crisps is the plain salted one. These things are addictive, I like them as a snack, or with a sandwich. I eat them all the time.

  10. Brittney House says:

    I would like to try the Black pepper.

  11. Elisabeth says:

    Your chicken salad looks tasty! 🙂

  12. Ann Fantom says:

    I would like to try the Wasabi Ranch Harvest Snaps.

  13. I’m looking at the lightly salted ones – they look pretty darn good. I would imagine they’d make a nice crunchy extra something for a salad. or for my “I-just-want-something-crunchy-in-my-hands” kind of snack. …or a “just because it’s Tuesday” kind of treat….

  14. Black pepper sounds good.

  15. Cynthia C says:

    I’d like to try the Tomato Basil Lentil flavor.

  16. Cynthia C says:

    I love tuna or chicken salad sandwiches with fresh fruit.

  17. Danielle D says:

    Black pepper!

  18. We love these… and I will be stealing your ideas for lunch soon 🙂

  19. Christine says:

    would like to try the Black pepper

  20. I like the lightly salted Snapeas

  21. I like ham and cheese sandwiches and fruit as a side.

  22. danielle Marie says:

    i would love to try the tomato basil ones.. they look so yummy.

  23. kyl neusch says:

    lightly salted

  24. Michelle D says:

    I love the lightly salted snappeas!

  25. Michelle D says:

    When I was a kid I loved getting a hot lunch like vegetable soup in a thermos. I send this with my 6 year some day and he loves it as well!

  26. The only flavor I have tried from Harvest Snaps is the lightly salted and they were very good.

  27. susan smoaks says:

    i want to try the lightly salted

  28. Katherine Newton says:

    I’ve had the pepper before and it is delightful! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  29. tina reynolds says:

    I would like to try the lightly salted

  30. MARIA simon says:

    love the lightly salted snappeas

  31. Marnie G (Derrick Todd) says:

    I like the Lightly Salted — I would love to try the Casesar. My favorite lunch was always a turkey and swiss cheese sandwich.

  32. i would like the tomato and basil. Thank you

  33. I would LOVE to try the lightly salted one’s. I think these would be an amazing addition to my kid’s lunches.

  34. William Krawic says:

    I’d like to try the snap pea crisps.

  35. William Krawic says:

    I always pack the same lunch–turkey and ham on whole wheat, pretzels and Vanilla wafers

  36. I would like to try the black pepper.

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