How to Make No-Bento Bento Lunches with Snapware {giveaway}

Ok, let’s just get one thing clear right off the bat. I am not a bento lunch-making mama. All those pretty pandas made of seaweed and rice? No thanks. Pieces of bread cut into letters to spell out “school rocks” or “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”? Not happening in the MOE household.

However, I am happy to make lunches more surprise-filled for my children in an easy and efficient way. It’s what every mama wants, right? Easy lunches, fun for the kids and eaten all up? Exactly! Which is why I took the challenge offered to me by Snapware (from World Kitchen). With the help of their Total Solution line, I was able to create a bento-inspired lunch for my children, with ZERO hassle.

Here’s what I did:

Bento food shot

A wrapped multi-grain tortilla with hummus, sliced in small pieces, fish crackers, cheddar cheese, carrots, grapes and banana bread

I had some reusable paper cups I picked up for a party and used those as separators within the Snapware container. Another suggestion I have seen and read is to purchase those silicon muffin baking cups.

Snapware Collage

My favourite features on the Snapware collection:

  • Easy to open lids for little fingers, yay!
  • Leak-proof lids, double yay!
  • BPA-free plastics, of course.
  • Prefect shapes for lunch boxes of most sizes, tested and approved.
  • Colour coded tops and a space on the tops to write a note, very cute.
  • And the BEST feature, hands down? Ice packs you can place INSIDE the containers, keeping lunches fresh and cold for up to four hours!

This is my favourite feature because by the time my children have lunch at school, their lunches can get pretty warm, which limits what I give them to eat. These ice packs are a game-changer.

Snapware containers

Enough for three school lunches, and food storage for a family of five!

If you haven’t committed to a reusable containers for your children for lunch, this is a great collection to start you off. In fact, along with my reusable material bags for dry snacks, I don’t need more than this collection for my three boys. You will be so happy with these for lunches, as well as for storing fruits and vegetables for afterschool snacking.

To see the full line of Snapware, visit their website here.

You can reach World Kitchen in a lot of places:


Snapware is giving one lucky  reader the chance to win the complete Snapware Total Solution 16 piece set (as feature above)! To enter, follow the steps in this Rafflecopter form. The giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents only. The deadline to enter is September 28, 11:59pm. Good luck!

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Lisa September 14, 2015 at 6:03 pm

Hi Julia! Love this idea! B and G love egg salad in a small thermos and a pita cut into triangles to spoon it onto. Love your little paper cups idea though…I might just try that!

Erika E September 14, 2015 at 6:05 pm

My son loves turkey pepperoni. It’s one thing I can always be sure he’ll eat if it’s in his lunch.

Nancy T September 14, 2015 at 6:14 pm

My older DD loves hummus and naan bread or pasta in a thermos. My younger DD is a sandwich lover.

Anne Taylor September 14, 2015 at 6:36 pm

My grandkids love getting home baked granola bars in their lunch!

Darlene Demell September 14, 2015 at 6:50 pm

My grandchildren love having grapes, raisins and cheese sandwiches in their lunch boxes.

Rebecca September 14, 2015 at 8:11 pm

So far, 3 weeks into school, my son seems to love cheese sandwich on papa’s home-made bread! Oh, and muffins…and small containers of his favourite cereal too….

Angela Mitchell September 14, 2015 at 11:52 pm

My daughter loves tuna sandwiches and yogurt.

Stephanie September 15, 2015 at 1:44 am

My son loves sandwiches, bagels and cream cheese. Fruit and always something fresh baked! Love the containers?

Erika Letson September 16, 2015 at 4:50 am

My kid’s favourites for lunches are cheese, crackers, grapes and celery sticks!

Tanis September 18, 2015 at 8:15 pm

My son loves any type of fruit!

Belinda McNabb September 19, 2015 at 12:01 am

my son likes a ham sandwich, cereal bar, cheese and crackers

Amy C September 19, 2015 at 3:47 am

My kids like to take homemade buns with meat, cheese and sauce cooked into the middle.

Laura J September 19, 2015 at 7:44 pm

Well, his favorite is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but one child in his class has a peanut allergy. So, we are experimenting with new lunches! I cannot wait to read what everyone else is doing that their child loves! I love the idea of your rollups! I am going to have to try those for him!

andrea amy September 19, 2015 at 9:01 pm

My 8 year old likes peanut butter sandwiches and my 6 year old like bacon and cheese (not sandwiches, just bacon and cheese lol)

lynn clayton September 19, 2015 at 10:37 pm

humus and pits bread

Amy Heffernan September 19, 2015 at 10:41 pm

My son loves all kinds of fruit!

Bailey Dexter September 20, 2015 at 1:10 am

My daughter loves to take leftovers! She knows meals always taste better the second time heating up!

Crystal Porter September 20, 2015 at 5:58 pm

My youngest loves cheese sandwiches and my oldest likes peanut butter, they like most snacks as long as I change it up all the time!

Athena September 20, 2015 at 6:56 pm

A turkey wrap.

JaimeeM September 21, 2015 at 3:09 am

my son likes apples and dip, and cheese sandwiches

Lauren September 21, 2015 at 8:59 pm

My kids like cheese and crackers.

Lisa bolduc September 22, 2015 at 12:46 am

My son likes veggies and hummus

Jennifer Marie September 22, 2015 at 2:18 am

My son loves taking peanut butter and nutella.

Jonnie September 22, 2015 at 11:04 am

My son loves to bring pizza for lunch

Judy Cowan September 22, 2015 at 7:51 pm

Cheese with Cracker & Veggies with Dip.

Karla Sceviour September 23, 2015 at 12:05 am

pizza pockets!

Jessica M Walker September 23, 2015 at 12:25 am

My children’s favorite school lunch is crackers and cheese

Tammy Dalley September 23, 2015 at 1:36 am

fruit ,cheese and granola bars

Barbara Montag September 23, 2015 at 2:29 am

The kids love hummus with flat pretzels.
thank you

Jolie September 23, 2015 at 3:23 am

My daughter loves fruits & cookies.

Tina W September 23, 2015 at 6:54 am

Leftover pizza is always a hit here.

Nate Fuller September 23, 2015 at 12:54 pm

My daughter loves honey sandwiches!

Chris Stockford September 23, 2015 at 1:13 pm

Fruit and veggies

Lushka Smith September 23, 2015 at 7:06 pm

Egg salad sandwich and just about any fruit.

Holly MacRitchie September 23, 2015 at 8:28 pm

My kids love chicken wraps with mayo and lettuce.

Sunshine G September 23, 2015 at 9:52 pm

Peanut butter and jam, of course – and luckily, we’re still allowed to bring it!

mrdisco September 23, 2015 at 11:30 pm

left over pizza

Florence C September 25, 2015 at 7:59 pm

Fruits, veggies, cheese, crackers and granola bars.

SueSueper September 25, 2015 at 9:25 pm

My son likes his roasted chicken wraps.

Tina L. September 26, 2015 at 3:00 am

They like wraps.

lori b September 26, 2015 at 3:52 pm

mine loves to make their own pizzas

Robyn Bellefleur September 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm

My daughter likes slices of fruit.

heidi c. September 27, 2015 at 2:58 am

My kids like lean ham sandwiches and cut-up fruits and veggies.

Jenny September 27, 2015 at 4:04 pm

egg salad sandwich

Bo Simms September 27, 2015 at 5:13 pm

My child favourite food for school lunch is tuna sandwich with cut up dill pickles inside, with fresh cut veggies and hummus dip on the side. She loves it.

ivy pluchinsky September 27, 2015 at 9:46 pm

my niece loves bologne sandwiches


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