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Crafted from BPA-free recycled plastic, this one has four compartments for a well-rounded lunch. Especially valuable for older kids who need a larger meal, the gold glitter bento box is taller than most options, making packing a full and unsmashed sandwich a cinch. If your child has ever had a slippery lunchbox sail right off the cafeteria table, then this pick is for you. Made from durable and dishwasher-safe stainless steel, this bento box has a skid-proof silicone sleeve to ensure your kid’s lunch stays just where it needs to—on the table. This box includes a small and sealable container for dips and sauces.

Kindergarteners are incredibly opinionated about everything from their favorite My Little Pony to which socks they will be wearing today. While those strong opinions might make the school morning routine more taxing, they definitely come in handy when it comes to testing and reviewing lunch boxes for school lunches. I enlisted my favorite 5-year-old, who will be starting elementary school this fall, to test drive five of the most popular lunch boxes on the market. The results were both surprising and entertaining, with one clear winner.

Here are some of the chicest bento boxes for kids we could find. The Classic lunch box features a molded interior so it’s easy to clean. No need to stress over mess with this meal box, containing two separate lids — one that snaps on top of the compartment and holds napkins and silverware and one that encompasses the entire box.

Leakproof design and perfect portions to support eating a variety of healthy food. After this, each additional bite of the same food becomes less flavorful we experience “sensory adaptation” and reduced responsiveness of our sense receptors. Basically it’s palate fatigue – diminished taste returns for each bite. Packing a beautiful meal for yourself or your family will make healthy food more appealing and stimulate the palate with every bite. Bento boxes are traditionally created with much attention to detail in order to create artistic, visually appealing meals. The term bento is derived from a Chinese word meaning “convenient” which perfectly fits our modern on-the-go lifestyle.

These reusable bento boxes come in a set of four and make for a budget-friendly way to send your kids off with a healthy and organized lunch. This year, however, we’re determined to do a bit better in the lunch department, and we’re relying on a bento box to keep things interesting. A centuries-old staple in Japan, a bento box makes transporting a single-serving of a full meal as easy as can be. For our purposes, think of a bento box as a glorified lunchbox, often with compartments to encourage variety and keep foods separate. Bean is leak-proof, dishwasher-safe and made with food-safe ABS plastic that’s also free of BPA and phthalates.

Usually, depending on the material you choose, bento boxes are also dishwasher safe. This avoids that dingy, slightly smelly quality cloth kids lunchboxes often acquire about three days into the school year. Proving glitter makes everything more fun, this bento box from Pottery Barn has more than just its aesthetics going for it.

Stylishly designed and insulated to keep food fresh, our reusable lunch box lets your child enjoy a healthful homemade meal when on the go. Equal parts stylish and functional, it features a glittery rainbow ombre. With a water-resistant exterior and straps on the back, it effortlessly attaches to our Mackenzie backpacks. Our Classic Lunch Box holds a Spencer sandwich or dual compartment container and small soft food storage container; or a Spencer stainless steel bento box and Spencer utensils. Our Cold Pack Lunch Box holds a Spencer sandwich or dual compartment container, Spencer medium and small storage container; or Spencer stainless steel nesting container trio and a water bottle.

Leakproof seals keeps food in each compartment secure and fresh. Replace your disposable Ziplocs for these long-lasting Stasher bags! Available in a range of sizes and hues, one Shop TODAY contributor says these are worth the splurge since they’re “one small daily step can take to be a little kinder to the environment.” Send me exclusive offers, unique gift ideas, and personalised tips for shopping and selling on Etsy. Be aware of adding a variety of color, texture, size and remember flavor contrasts as well such as sweet/salty.

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