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
- Celery sticks with peanut butter (Celery is great for the teeth. The texture acts as a “toothbrush” for the teeth.)
- Fruit salad
- 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
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
Make your child their own healthy version of a Lunchable.
- Turkey or ham slices
- Sliced cheese trio
- 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.)
- 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
- 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.