Because having a healthy set of teeth starts with what you put into your mouth, eating the right diet is important.
Sending your littles ones off to school with a lunch filled with greasy chips, cookies, and frozen pizza is not ideal for the sake of their oral health, even if they approve of it.
However, I’ve got you covered.
Here are some healthy, tooth-friendly bento box ideas for your children’s school lunches that they’re sure to enjoy (and their friends will be jealous!):
1. 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 helps to act as a “toothbrush” for the teeth.)
- Fruit salad
- Optional: Fresh spearmint leaves
2. The French Picnic
Let your children experience the flare of French-inspired cuisine with this tasty, healthy bento box meal.
- Croissant ham sandwich
- Croissant (Also 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 (Note: Soft-ripened cheese such as brie is said to be great for fighting cavities!)
- Cucumber & Radish slice “skewers”
- Fresh blueberries
3. 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 & hummus dip
- Boiled egg
- Greek yogurt topped with fresh fruit of your kid’s choice
4. Homemade Lunchable
Make your child their own healthy version of a Lunchable.
- Turkey or ham slices
- Sliced cheese trio
- Whole wheat crackers
- Fresh raspberries
- Cucumber slices
5. 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
6. 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
7. 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
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh spearmint leaves
- 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.