Do you have a picky eater in the house who regularly says things like “I had a sandwich yesterday” or “I don’t like that”? Well I do, and it’s forced me to come up with some simple and creative ways to make a healthy school lunch that the kids will actually want to eat. This simple fall themed bento lunch is deliciously healthy and fun, especially when paired with a box of Mott’s® 100% Apple Juice which is an excellent source of vitamin C.
There are certain foods and images that immediately come to mind when I think about fall, such as: apples, pumpkins, and spice. My fall themed bento features a cute owl sandwich sitting atop a nest of pretzel sticks, a clementine pumpkin, crinkle cut carrots, and some fall leaf shaped slices of Cheddar cheese. For a big eater or to provide a snack for later, I would add one of the new Mott’s® Snack & Go applesauce pouches.
Owl Sandwich – I used bologna to make the owl sandwich, but PB&J or any deli meat would be fine. Use a large round cookie cutter or open end of a beverage glass to cut the bread and the meat. For the eyes, cut two large rounds from a slice of American cheese. Top the cheese circles with two slices from a Mozzarella or Provolone cheese stick. Cut a triangle nose from the American cheese scraps. Use pretzel sticks to build a nest below the owl.
Pumpkin – For the pumpkin you will want the smallest variety of orange you can find. I used a clementine and added a piece of green pepper for the stem.
Sneak in some additional veggies by adding some crinkle cut or baby carrots.
Mott’s® 100% Apple Juice and Mott’s® Snack & Go applesauce pouches are both delicious and nutritious. They’re so convenient for packing into school lunches and for when you’re on-the-go. Just toss one into your purse or your child’s backpack. Learn more about these great Mott’s®. products for kids from their website.
Imagine the smile on your child’s face when they open their lunchbox at school or daycare and see this fun fall themed lunch. Keeping lunchtime healthy and fun is simple to do with the right ingredients and a few simple tricks.
What are some of your favorite, fun lunchbox ideas?