Bento Box Guide

I’ve always been interested in Bento Boxes. If you’ve never heard of a Bento Box, it’s a meal consisting of a variety of different foods typically served in a box. The concept is Japanese in origin, but has gotten popular in the U.S. over the past couple of years. I like Bento Boxes because they allow me to combine a variety of snacks into a meal. It’s fun to eat snacks for a meal and Bento Boxes help combine snacks in a balanced way. Bento Boxes typically have a certain formula. Follow along as I share my guide for how to create your own Bento Box.

Formula

When I started my research for this post I learned that there is no one specific formula for a Bento Box. I went to several different articles to create a formula for this guide. My sources are listed later, so feel free to create your own formula based on your taste.

I like to incorporate a protein, veggie, fruit, dairy, and carb into my Bento Boxes. The carb is always optional. See examples for each component below.

Protein – 1/4 of Box

Most of the time I do a meat for the protein, but sometimes I like to incorporate a vegetarian option. Protein helps keep you fuller longer.

Veggie – 1/4 of Box

Veggies have plenty of vitamins and minerals. They also have a lot of fiber which is great for digestion. I typically like to pick a veggie that will coincide with a dairy dip. Or I might do something that could go with peanut butter(a protein). It’s not necessary, but I like to pick components that are eaten well together.

Fruit – 1/4 of Box

Fruit is my favorite. It’s high in fiber, so it’s good for you, but it also has a sweetness that can give some of the same satisfaction as dessert. Fruit can help reduce the cravings for sweets later in the day.

Dairy – 1/8 of Box

Dairy typically adds a little more protein and satisfies the desire for eating something creamy. Dairy is only 1/8 of the box, but if you forgo the carbs, double the amount of dairy.

Carb – 1/8 of Box

I tend to look at carbs as “evil” so this section is optional. I think the reason I shy away from carbs is because you never know how processed most carb options are. If I am eating a higher carb snack I prefer to make it myself.

Sources

As I mentioned above, I used a variety of websites to create my formula for the perfect Bento Box. Check out the websites below for more information on Bento Boxes!

Just One Cookbook

The Girl on Bloor

Brit.Co

Meaningful Mama

Wendolonia

Eating Well

I would love to see the combinations you come up with. Comment below!

Published by Jes Short

I'm just a girl working on her journey to wellness, both physically and mentally.

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