By: Allyson Meyler of Reclaiming Yesterday

These perfectly proportioned box containers originated in Japan and are perfect for school, making lunch fun and healthy—for kids and adults.

Children are especially more likely to eat healthy lunches when they’re fun and colorful, and these boxes are the perfect vessel to encourage them to venture beyond the standard peanut butter and jelly. You can keep the boxes simple, or add a little detail with cute animals and flowers. And with a little creativity these perfectly packed lunches can be the most colorful meal of the day!

For instance, to make the cute bear in the picture:

– Cut out circles of bread and cheese, and arrange.
– Next, slice raisins in half and place on top of the cheese to make the nose and mouth.
– Last, use 2 black seasame seeds to make the eyes.

Bear Necessities Bento Box
– Bread (you can use a gluten-free option)
– Provolone Cheese
– Organic Red Grapes
– Organic Cucumbers, sliced
– Organic Red Bell Pepper, sliced
– Snap Peas
– Hardboiled Egg
– Annie’s Organic Cheddar Bunnies
– Raisins

Deli-Honor-Roll Bento Box (gluten-free and nut-free)
– Dietz and Watson Smoked Ham
– Provolone Cheese
– Organic Spinach
– Tangerine or Orange segments
– Snap Peas
– Organic Strawberries
– Organic Celery, sliced into pieces
– Corn on the Cob, boiled and cut into rounds
– Earth Fare Organic Sunflower Butter
– Raisins
– Honest Kids Juice Pouch


Allyson Meyler cooks, photographs, and eats the recipes found on her blog Reclaiming Yesterday. After struggling with her own health issues—and becoming frustrated with the Western medical system—Allyson took it upon herself to search for healing. She found relief through diet and lifestyle changes, and became a strong believer in food as medicine. She now shares her recipes and experiences through her blog in hopes to inspire others to get into the kitchen and take control of their health—and to eat some delicious food along the way! Follow along on Instagram and Facebook.

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