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Why your kids should use a bento lunchbox this year

Bento lunch boxes are showing up everywhere from Pinterest to your favorite mommy blogs, but are you still confused as to why bento boxes for school lunches are all the rage?

From getting your picky eater to eat more of his lunch at school to making Mother Nature proud, discover the most popular bento lunch boxes for kids and learn why your kids should use a bento lunch box this year.

Recognize that presentation is everything

Most kids are naturally-born picky eaters, so making a presentation is just as important as what you put into a lunchbox. “Bento boxes are an ideal way to pack lunch and other on-the-go meals because they’re… colorful, fun, and perfect for portion control,” shares Amy Hemmert, Laptop Lunches Bento-ware. The colorful bento lunch boxes for kids that make lunch look appealing — not to mention the simple fact that the foods aren’t touching — are enough to make even the most finicky feeders dig in.

Offer healthier meal choices

When your youngster’s lunch options are neatly tucked away in packaging and zip-close bags, filling up on the first thing pulled out of the bag doesn’t always make for the healthiest meal. But packing your child’s food in bento lunch boxes for kids offers them easy access to all of the options at once. Bento lunch boxes may also inspire you to pack healthier fare or leftover dinners for your little learner.

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Save the environment

When packing a bento-style lunch box for your child, you’re not only saving your youngster’s health, you’re also being earth-friendly too! “Bento boxes are great for the environment because they eliminate the need for disposable packaging like baggies and tin foil and prepackaged lunch items as well,” advises Hemmert.

Bento-style lunchbox options

Now that you’re ready to pack a prettier, healthier and more earth-friendly school lunch for your kiddo, check out the most popular bento lunch boxes for kids:

Laptop Lunches® Bento-ware ($39.99) is a plastic, reusable compartment lunch system that combines both open and leak-proof containers. There are a couple of bento lunch boxes designed especially for kids on their website, but the colorful container combinations and insulated bento totes are all kid-friendly. These reusable lunch containers are dishwasher safe.

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Easy Lunchboxes

Combining the love of bento-style lunch boxes with the familiarity of reusable containers, Easy Lunchboxes include a set of four containers ($13.95) but you’ll have to purchase the cooler bags ($7.95) separately to keep your kiddo’s lunch cold. These bento lunch boxes for kids are safe for the dishwasher, freezer and microwave and offer the convenience of a single lid while still giving your youngster’s lunch that bento presentation.

Pottery Barn Kids Spencer Bento Box

Gaining attention in droves, the Pottery Barn Kids Spencer Bento Box ($16.50) is comprised of a single box divided into five sections inside, one with its own closable lid in addition to the kid-friendly lid. Although this bento lunch box for kids is not leak-proof, it’s still dishwasher safe.


The PlanetBox Rover Complete ($59.95) makes lunch feel out of this world, with its easy-to-open stainless steel construction and customizable magnets especially made for kids. The complete set includes the compartmented container, carrying bag, magnet set and dippers set made with kids in mind. It’s also dishwasher safe.

Just because your child isn’t finishing lunch at school doesn’t mean you have to break the bank buying the fanciest bento lunch boxes for kids. Check out your favorite retail store for compartmentalized reusable containers that offer the same benefits of structuring a healthier lunch with less waste like with Laptop Lunches or PlanetBox bento boxes. But, make sure you choose a box that your kiddo can open or you may end up with one hungry kid instead of a healthier one!

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