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7 Tooth-Friendly Bento Ideas For Your Kid’s Lunch

Because having a healthy set of teeth starts with what you put into your mouth, eating the right diet is important.

Sending your little ones off to school with a lunch bag containing greasy chips, cookies, and frozen pizza is not ideal for the sake of their oral health. Sure, these may be tasty. However, in the long-run, these unhealthy bites to eat are damaging.

That said, here are some healthy, tooth-friendly, and tasty bento box ideas for your children’s school lunches:

Bite-sized Taco Wrap Delight

Veggies never tasted better than this! Cut the junk, and opt for nature’s harvest instead.

  • Taco Wraps
    • Whole grain tortilla
    • Black beans
    • Romaine leaves
    • Grated cheddar cheese
    • Salsa
  • Celery sticks with peanut butter (Celery is great for the teeth. The texture acts as a “toothbrush” for the teeth.)
  • Fruit salad
    • Cantaloupe
    • Grapes
    • Pineapple
    • Watermelon
    • Optional: Fresh spearmint leaves

The French Picnic

Let your children experience the flare of French-inspired cuisine with this tasty, healthy bento box meal.

  • Croissant ham sandwich
    • Croissant (or instead opt for brioche or baguette bread)
    • Dijon mustard & mayonnaise mix
    • Ham or other meat of your child’s preference
    • Crispy lettuce
    • Tomato slices
  • Brie cheese slices (Soft-ripened cheese such as brie are great for fighting cavities!)
  • Cucumber & radish “skewers”
  • Fresh blueberries

Protein Plate

A good source of protein goes a lot way! Protein-containing foods are great in strengthening the teeth to prevent cavities.

  • Peanut butter banana soldiers (a sandwich cut into fourths)
  • Carrot sticks with hummus dip
  • Boiled egg
  • Greek yogurt with fresh fruit of your kid’s choice

Homemade Lunchable

Make your child their own healthy version of a Lunchable.

  • Turkey or ham slices
  • Sliced cheese trio
    • Provolone
    • Swiss
    • Cheddar
  • Whole wheat crackers
  • Fresh raspberries
  • Cucumber slices

Grilled Veggie Kabobs

Nothing says scrumptious like grilled veggie kabobs!

  • Grilled veggie kabobs (Cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Season to your child’s liking.)
    • Zucchini
    • Onions
    • Bell peppers
    • Grape tomatoes
  • Pita bread
  • Creamy dip for the pita bread and veggie kabobs
    • 2 tablespoons of sour cream
    • Finely diced cucumber
    • A pinch or two of garlic powder
    • A squeeze of lemon
  • Black olives

Build-your-own Pizza Bagels

Give your kiddo the option to build their own healthy pizza.

  • A plain bagel (You could also opt for whole wheat rounds as a replacement.)
  • Two tablespoons of pizza sauce (on the side)
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese (on the side)
  • Parmesan crisp snacks
  • Red apple slices

Salami Sandwich Pockets

Taking sandwiches to a whole new level.

  • Sandwich pocket
    • A “Pocket Thin” or piece of pita bread, cut in half and ready to stuff
    • Salami slices
    • Provolone cheese
    • Lettuce
    • Tomato slices
  • Carrot coins
  • Zesty carrot coin dip
    • 2 teaspoons of sour cream
    • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice, fresh spearmint leaves, and 1/4 teaspoon parsley leaves
  • Strawberry and blueberry fruit salad

Remember, a well-balanced, healthy school lunch can, in fact, be tasty! Try to look for new ways to incorporate healthy items into your child’s school lunches.

Adding a delicious, nutritious dipping sauce for veggies, a healthy dressing for a salad, or a yummy spread on a sandwich are great ways for your children to enjoy a tooth-healthy meal. Sugary, fatty, or sticky foods are not good options if you want your child to have a beautiful set of pearly whites.

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