Bento boxes are a easy and colorful way to get a variety into your lunch. They’re also great for lunches on the go, especially during the summer! I tried to make mine as clean-eating and fun as possible by adding in a mixture of protein, fruit and veggies. For this particular ‘box,’ I added in some homemade peanut butter hummus to dip in. It tastes great with both the veggies and apple slices
Clean-Eating Bento Box with Peanut Butter Hummus
- 4 large hard-boiled eggs
- 4 celery stalks, cut into thin strips
- 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into thin strips
- 4-ounces cheddar cheese, cubed
- 2 cups grapes
- 1 apple, cut into wedges
- 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 3 tablespoons water
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Divide all ingredients evenly into 4 containers.
- Add all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until smooth; about 1 minute. Store in 4 small airtight containers.
With this Bento Box, I went with Spinach Turkey Pinwheels with a side of grapes, carrots and cucumber slices. The wrap itself is spinach and tastes delicious paired with slices of low-sodium deli turkey, cheddar cheese and baby spinach. Another easy and clean-eating lunch that you can throw together in 5 minutes and take on-the-go!
Spinach Turkey Pinwheels Bento Box
- 1 large spinach tortilla
- 2-ounces thinly sliced low-sodium deli turkey
- handful of baby spinach
- 1 slice cheddar cheese
- ¼ cup red grapes
- 8 baby carrots
- 6 cucumber slices
- Lay out spinach tortilla and spread baby spinach in the middle as evenly as possible. Add turkey slices and cheese. Tightly roll tortilla until you reach edge and using a knife, cut into 6 slices.
- Add to a container withy grapes, carrots and cucumber slices.
- Adapted recipe from Damn Delicious.
Adapted from Damn Delicious
It’s September and to me that’s basically fall. AKA apple pickin’ time. Last year we visited a local apple (and various other grown fruits and vegetables) farm and picked enough to make a serious amount of slow-cooker apple sauce and some cute little mini apple pies. However, I think that this year I would like to branch out a little more with my apple recipes and try some new things. This little dip recipe isn’t new, but it sure is delicious and takes less than 5 minutes to whip up for a quick mid-day treat.
Having fruit for a snack is a for-sure way to stay on the healthy path. Especially if you’re eating apples as they contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol and are a good source of fiber. Pair them with some peanut butter for protein and greek yogurt for your nutrients and you have an extremely good-for-you dip.
Easy Apple Yogurt Dip
- plain greek yogurt
- small apple of your choice, sliced
- 1 tablespoon of peanut butter or almond butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of cinnamon
- Add each ingredient in an amount to your liking. Stir well and enjoy with fresh apple slices.
I have to buy a gallon of chocolate milk each week because the kids drink half a gallon and I use the other half for these delicious chocolate milk, banana and peanut butter shakes that I drink post-workout for a refuel.
Chocolate milk is known to help replenish after a hard workout, or strenuous activity because it contains double the amount of carbohydrates and protein that you’ll find in regular milk or sugary drinks like Gatorade. It also has a high water content to recover hydration. Add that with your feel-good banana fruit and a tablespoon of peanut butter for additional protein and you’ll bounce back from that exhausting run in no time!
Chunky Monkey Post-Workout Shake
Good combination if you like chocolate milk and peanut butter.
- 1 cup low-fat chocolate milk
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter or almond butter
- 1 medium size banana
- 5 ice cubes
- Combine all ingredients into a blender for 60 seconds max. Serve chilled.