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I’m pretty new to the Bento Box lunch revolution. Although I always loved seeing the creative ideas that parents appeared to make effortlessly on Pinterest, it didn’t ever seem plausible in my life. Many of us just don’t have the time to craft panda bears out of rice and cut up tiny pieces of dried seaweed for patches on the brown cows coat. I loved the idea of little compartments of healthy lunch/snack ideas, but I needed it to be more down to earth for me and something my son could easily manage at school on his own.
When Crunchmaster decided to challenge me to come up with something creative, healthy and back-to-school friendly for my son, I took up the torch for the inartistic mommies. I came up with a healthy Bento Box idea that didn’t require any kitchen instruments, magical wands or excessive begging of our children to eat. It also makes them the food artisans. It’s much safer that way.
All you need to do is pick up some Crunchmaster Gluten Free Crackers. I would suggest the Roasted Garlic for the Pizza Bites, but if your child doesn’t like Garlic there are plenty of other choices to choose from: Original, Sea Salt, Roasted Vegetable and White Cheddar to name a few. All of their crackers are healthy for kids!
- 100% Whole Grain
- Low Saturated Fat
- Certified Gluten Free
- Cholesterol Free
- 0g Trans Fat
- Non-GMO Project Verified
The next step is to pick up their favorite pizza toppings! I chose Pepperonis and Black Olives. However, there are plenty of other fun pizza toppings to choose from that are healthy. Here are some ideas:
- Green or Red Peppers
- Assorted Cheeses
- Grilled Chicken
- Sweet Corn
The sky’s the limit! Ask your child what kind of toppings they like on their pizzas. Most kids love pizza and it is also a great way to get them to try out new toppings for more creative ability with their lunch.
The next thing you need to do is make the toppings usable. For example: I chose mozzarella string cheese because it is quick and easy to make into small bites and I already know my son loves string cheese. I also chose mini pepperonis for fun, but you could use the regular slices as well for different size choices. I sliced the black olives so he could manipulate them for his funny faces as well. The idea is to make them sizable for the crackers.
I made my son a few funny faces to get the idea of things. The moment he saw the faces he was bouncing in the kitchen asking to eat them right away! I wound up caving in and letting him have this Bento Box as a snack, but it shows you how much kids will love making these on their own.
You do not want to pre-make the funny faces for your kids. It is supposed to be something fun they can do at lunch. Also, the crackers do not hold up with the toppings on them in an iced lunchbox or your fridge. They are fine in their own “square”, but the moisture from the toppings seep into the crackers if left on top for an extended period. Place them in their own separate compartment and let your child be silly!
I will admit. I did do ONE creative thing! I made Apple Roses. It’s probably against some Lazy Mom Mandate, but they weren’t really difficult. All it took was a peeler and an apple!
You peel slices of the apple off and then roll them up. Viola! I do not suggest using a knife as the slices are too thick. There are many ways to keep the apples from browning in the Bento Box. The easiest way for me was to dip them in water with a little bit of lemon juice.
This snack was gone so fast. I promised I would make one that also had grilled chicken, mushrooms and green peppers. I think I’ll switch it up with Roasted Vegetable Multi-Grain Crackers as well. I’m really getting into the Bento Box spirit! It’s not as daunting as it once appeared to be.
What would you come up with if given the challenge of creating a healthy Bento Box? Take the challenge yourself by entering to win a Crunchmaster Prize Pack and share your ideas using the Hashtag #crunchmasterchallenge!