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Protein Bento Boxes

The following recipe and photography were provided by local blogger Abby Thome of The Thome Home.

Bento boxes are the big thing in the world of breakfast and lunch prep!

If you frequent a local or national coffeehouse, you’ve likely seen these displayed in the cooler cases. Available with a variety of different goodies inside, these make a great grab-and-go meal when you’re in a rush, but with just a little planning ahead and a small investment in reusable to bento boxes, you can recreate these at home for a breakfast, lunch or snack that’s fresher, healthier and much more affordable.

Protein Bento Boxes

I live in a house full of boys, so it’s crucial to provide breakfast and lunch options that will keep them full while they balance school and sports schedules. Bento boxes are inherently portion controlled, so I always try to load each section with protein-packed foods that offer a variety of flavors and textures!

Protein Bento Boxes

Whether you’re looking for healthy and convenient meal options for you or your kids, check out my family’s favorite lunch and dinner protein bento boxes!

Protein Bento Boxes
Protein Bento Boxes
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Breakfast Protein Bento Box

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Overnight oats with peanut butter, jelly and chia seeds
  • Fresh fruit
  • Granola
  • Cottage cheese
  • Protein bar, cut into cubes
  • Avocado

Lunch Protein Bento Box

  • Turkey Wraps with sliced cheese and lettuce
  • Yogurt with chia seeds and coconut flakes
  • String cheese, cut into bite-size pieces
  • Fresh fruit or vegetables
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts
  • Dried chickpeas
  • Edamame
  • Hummus and pretzels


Tips for Assembling Bento Boxes

  1. There is no established method for assembling bento boxes, so have fun with it!
  2. Choose all of the items from one of the above the lists, or mix and match your favorites to create a combination of tasty items.
  3. The number of items you use will be depend on the size of the bento box, so make sure you choose items that pair well together.
  4. Bento boxes can be prepped multiple days in advance. Once assembled, store them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat.

Protein Bento Boxes

By Heinen's Grocery Store
In 1929, Joe Heinen opened the doors of a small butcher shop on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, aiming to establish himself as the city’s purveyor of quality meats. As customers came into Heinen’s new shop for their meat purchases, they began asking him to carry groceries as well. Joe added homemade peanut butter, pickles and donuts and by 1933, business had grown enough to include a line of produce and canned goods. Heinen’s Grocery Store was born.

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