Many Hellobee community members are packing bentos, so I thought I would share some of them here. They provide great inspiration on what to feed your little ones, whether or not you pack bentos. I’ve definitely incorporated ideas that I’ve learned from fellow bees into Charlie and Olive’s lunches! Below are 33 lunches to inspire you!

@helen25 (3.5 years old breakfast)
french toast cut into strips on each side, bananas, flower shaped cantaloupe, Cheerios, yogurt with star shaped fruit leather, syrup in the leaves


@helen25 (3.5 years old)
left: do-it-yourself-tacos”: rotisserie chicken, shredded cheddar cheese, tortilla strips, bbq sauce in the green container (he looooves bbq sauce!) and grapes
right: bulgogi over rice, steamed egg and dried seaweed

@mrsstroller (13 months old)
left: GF pizza with a whole adult serving of spinach hidden under the cheese, clementine, corn, GF cereal, sweet potato puffs (frozen)
right: black beans & rice, freeze dried mango, strawberry and banana, mozzarella cheese, leftover jalapeño and cheese omelette and fresh strawberries.

left: butternut squash GF mac & cheese, lima beans, mozzarella cheese, cottage cheese, clementines, corn chex
right: black bean veggie burger, PB and honey sandwich (both leftover from dinner), freeze dried bananas, strawberries, corn and prunes

@freckles (11 months old)
left: somen noodles with poached chicken and spinach, potato-carrot “balls” (smashed up and rounded from stew vegetables), steamed spinach with sesame oil, whole wheat “stars,” avocado slices, cheddar and mozzarella “stars,” sliced mango, pear, grapes
right: ground chicken, orange and white cauliflower, lemongrass coconut curried rice noodles, mashed potato “balls”, sauteed zucchini, cheddar and mozzarella stars, avocado slices, mango slices, black grapes, blueberries, mango 

blueberries, peas, curried coconut rice noodles, steamed carrot sticks, beet pancake “stars.” Not shown: the soup/broth for the curried noodles.

@regberadaisy (10.5 months old)
left: grilled steak w sauté mushrooms, stir fry green beans & grapes for lunch. Afternoon snack of homemade applesauce and local, organic peaches canned from over the summer.
right: pasta w meat sauce & mushrooms, peas & oranges for lunch.A berry pouch for afternoon snack.

left: white bean & kale soup, buckwheat noodles w kale and bananas. Afternoon snack of homemade applesauce & oranges.
right: homemade chicken soup, broccoli and oranges. Afternoon snack of baked falafel fingers & local, organic peaches canned from over the summer.

@prettylizy (12 months old)
left: Hard boiled egg, leftover spaghetti w meat sauce, steamed asparagus, kamut puffs, strawberries, tuna with avocado and hummus. In the leaves there is more hummus and vanilla almond yogurt.
right:  hard boiled egg, black eyed peas, kamut puffs, asparagus, grapes, tuna w hummus and avocado. In the leaves is hummus and almond vanilla yogurt 

@mrspen (13 months old)
left: Avocado, chicken with sesame seeds, rice and baked sweet potatoes
right: black beans, chicken coated with coconut flour, carrots and cheddar cheese 

@mediagirl (9 months old)
right: cheddar cheese, broccoli and peas, chicken and rice. Yes, she eats all of that for lunch, plus a 2oz puree if she wants it.
left: breakfast is oatmeal mixed with applesauce and cinnamon, bananas; lunch is stew meat, carrots and rice. She also gets puffs and a puree packet (not pictured)

@mrscowgirl (3.5 years old)
left: cucumbers and roasted red pepper hummus, strawberries, pesto pasta (leftovers from dinner out), and a hard boiled egg.

right: steam broccoli, mini peanut butter sandwiches, chicken (from leftover chicken nuggets), cheese stars, and strawberries. 

@yin (22 months old)
potato pancake, broccoli, zucchini, spinach, sardines, peppers & onions

@yin (22 months old)
cucumbers, sweet potatoes, avocado, hearts of palm, ham and edamame

@winniebee (10 month old)
left: lunch is salmon, rice with squash, and spinach with tomato, garlic and mushrooms; afternoon snack is banana and clementine (and puffs/rice cakes, not pictured)
right: A full day of meals – oatmeal for breakfast, avocado for snack, and lunch of stew meat and carrots, chicken stir fry with rice, and clementine (he ate it all!)

@truffleb (13 months old)
Sunflower butter and jelly sandwich, jack cheese, peas, spinach nuggets, strawberry banana applesauce

bacon, pancake hearts, eggs, mango, green beans and string cheese

Cut up veggie pizza, string cheese, elbow macaroni, sliced white peach (my favorite) and a hard boiled egg!

 fruit medley, Cheerios, blueberry yogurt, sweet bell pepper and mushroom stir fry  

@808love (20 months)
Watermelon, cheese, oranges, orzo, nori, avocado, shrimp

@mrsbee (17 months old, 3 years old)
Olive’s lunch on top, Charlie’s on bottom: fried rice w/ peas, breakfast sausage, tuna salad, avocado, grapes, strawberries, grapefruit, sugar snap peas, cheddar cheese, pickles, hearts of palm 

raspberries, blueberries, spaghetti squash, gluten-free pepperoni pizza, peas, chicken porridge, “chick” eggs; prune juice for Olive and cinnamon apple sauce for Charlie

Yum! Are you hungry now?

Bento Inspiration part 11 of 12

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2. Beachy Bento Box for the End of Summer by Wendy @ Wendolonia
3. Stars and Stripes Bento Box for the 4th of July by Wendy @ Wendolonia
4. Easter Bunny Bento Box by Wendy @ Wendolonia
5. Pot of Gold Bento Lunch for St. Patrick's Day by Wendy @ Wendolonia
6. The Week in Bentos by Mrs. Bee
7. The Week in Bentos by Mrs. Bee
8. Bentolicious by Mrs. Bee
9. Packing Lunches for Two Kids by Mrs. Bee
10. Easter Bento by Food
11. Bento Lunch Inspiration by Mrs. Bee
12. Bento Inspiration Part 2 by Mrs. Bee