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Grab-N-Go Bento Box Inspiration

Bento boxes are becoming a popular option in schools but getting started with a new offering can have its hiccups. Something as simple as a template or visual inspiration can help get creativity flowing and make the process easier.

auther_image by Land O’Lakes Culinary Center 10/18/2019

We want to help you execute grab-n-go, a popular lunch and breakfast option. Our team of culinary experts created a variety of bento box applications using products from our bulk and pre-packaged K12 offerings. Use the images and chart below as idea starters - mix and match your bento boxes with items from your pantry to get the grain, vegetable, fruit, and if needed, additional MMA to complete your bento box.

Bento Box Examples

Possibilities are endless when it comes to combinations. Click each image to be taken to the Land O’Lakes product page featured in each bento box.

Bento box with cheese cubes, crackers, egg, orange, peppers and raisins

Bento Box with cheese dip cup, grapes, corn salad and tortilla chips

Bento box with cheese cubes, crackers, egg, orange, peppers and raisins

1oz Bulk Cheese Cubes: 1MMA

3oz Cheese Dip Cup: 1MMA

Pre-Packaged Cheese Cubes: 1MMA


Bento box with cheese dip cup, salad, orange, peppers, soft pretzels

Bento Box with cracker cuts, tomatoes, apple, carrots, cucumber and ham

Bento box with cracker cuts, crackers, grapes, pear and vegetables

3oz Cheese Dip Cup: 1MMA

1oz (4 squares) Cracker Cuts: 1MMA

2oz (8 squares) Cracker Cuts: 2MMA


Bento box with cracker cuts, crackers, apple, tomatoes, cucumbers, turkey

Bento box with cheese stick, fruit, broccoli, chick peas and yogurt with granola

Bento box with cheese dip cup, pretzels, hummus, peas, dried fruit and chocolate pudding

1oz (4 squares) Cracker Cuts: 1MMA

1oz Cheese Stick: 1MMA

3oz Cheese Dip Cup: 1MMA

Utilize What You Have in Stock

What’s in your pantry? Mix and match to get the meat/meat alternate, grain, fruit and vegetable your kids will want to grab…and go!






  • Hard Boiled Egg

  • Tuna

  • Cottage Cheese

  • Sunflower Seeds

  • Hummus

  • Popcorn Chicken (cold)

  • Almonds

  • Other Nuts

  • Chick Peas

  • Chick Pea Salad

  • Southwestern Bean Salad

  • Beef Jerky

  • Turkey Jerky

  • Turkey Coins

  • Bean Salads

  • Yogurt

  • Tofu

  • Turkey Pepperoni

  • Deli Meats

  • Grapes

  • Berries

  • Kiwi

  • Apple Slices

  • Oranges

  • Pears

  • Peaches

  • Clementines

  • Raisins

  • Dried Cranberries

  • Dried Apricots

  • Pineapple

  • Fruit Purees

  • Apple Sauce

  • Baby Carrots

  • Cucumbers

  • Raw Broccoli

  • Raw Cauliflower

  • Bell Peppers

  • Bean Salads

  • Corn Salad

  • Snow Peas

  • Snap Peas

  • Marinara Sauce

  • Chick Peas

  • Chick Pea Salad


  • WG Tortilla Chips

  • WG Crackers

  • WG Pita Chips

  • Rice Crackers

  • Cold Pasta Salad

  • Couscous Salad

  • Granola

  • Pretzels

  • Pretzel Bites

  • Bagel chips

  • Small biscuit

  • WG roll

  • Mini Pizza Crust


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