Bento Box Lunches and a NatureBox Give Away

I've been trying hard this year to refocus our family on health and wellness. One thing we recently did that I'm so excited about is jumping on the bento box bandwagon. My kids have never been happier about making and eating their lunches!

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We bought these laptop lunchbox cases on Amazon, along with a few other little things to help make the lunches more fun and easier to pack, like this set of reusable cupcake liners and these adorable mini-forks (Evie's obsessed with the panda one). I also have these tiny shape cutters that are fun for special days or when the girls want to spend extra time making their lunch.

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I love how easy it is to add variety to a lunch with these little boxes. The girls love to add a small handful of this and that, and I love that they're now getting a better mix of fruits, veggies, grains and proteins. And they usually eat all of the small portions, which is more than I can say for our old lunch-packing methods!

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We've had our NatureBox subscription for a few months now and I love using these delicious snacks in our bento box lunches.

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It's like Christmas when the NatureBox package comes each month. There's not been one snack yet that my kids won't devour! The carrot strawberry chews, the fancy dried figs and the PB&J granola go FAST at our house!

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I am trying to eat less gluten, so I love that you can select snack choices based on dietary needs on the NatureBox site. They have a really great selection of healthy (and seriously delicious) choices. No artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners ever with these snacks. Evie loves the figs and the blueberry almonds in her lunch as much as I do. (PS how adorable is the little sauce tub? We usually end up using it for hummus or a nut butter).

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My Claire is ALL about the dried pineapple and apples and loves all the sunflower seed and roasted chickpea options.

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NatureBox is a beloved sponsor and wants to share the love with you LGN readers. They are offering two six-month long subscriptions today! To enter, please browse the snack options page HERE and leave a comment on this post with the snacks that sound the very best to you! US readers only this time. Contest ends May 7 at midnight. Good luck!

Psst... Get 50% off your first month of NatureBox with the code LGN50 (so, only $9.95)! There are a couple of subscription sizes to choose from, and shipping is always free!

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Marisa Dillahunty said...

the dried peaches look amazing!! also I love using bento boxes for my lunch at work- they are just fun

Gigi said...

Love those savory snacks! Would love to win :)

cjr said...

Salted Caramel Pretzel Pops! All my favorite words in one snack!

Liz Spahn said...

Roasted Sea Salt Chickpeas. Yummmmm

A Jones said...

I'm all in for French toast granola! How delicious does that sound?!

Amy Mc. said...

sea salt chick peas - yum!

- Rachel - said...

I suppose I must have a thing for citrus, because the lemon pucker pistachios and citrus kick almonds both sound amazing to me!

The Mickelsens said...

sALTED CARMAL PRETZEL POPS

Wendy said...

Hmmm lemon merengue waffles for sure!

kate said...

PB&J granola! Yum. Actually, all the granolas look mmmm

Jill said...

I love snacks of any kind. The fruit chews and the plantain chips really jumped out at me!

kate said...

PB&J granola! Yum. Actually, all the granolas look mmmm

Megan said...

The Coffee Kernel Snack looks so awesome! Hope I win!

Kathy said...

Mmmm coffee kettle popcorn!

Fara Poe said...

Roasted sea salt chickpeas, cocoa waffle wafers, sriracha cashews, mexicana mango....does the list have an end?

michelle said...

Those chickpeas look awesome! I've been wanting to try NatureBox...

Cami G said...

Salted Caramel Pretzel Pops sound amazing!

Jessie said...

I love the quantity of gluten free items, I'm so intrigued by the guacamole bites!

Lauren said...

Yum! Basically all of the dried fruit looks tasty, and how could I not want those pretzel pops?! Salted caramel? Um, yes please!

Megan said...

The salted caramel pretzel pops sound divine! And don't get me started on the French toast granola.

Anonymous said...

I'm very curious - these look beautiful and I love the idea - but by the time the kids get to school, put their bags in their cubby or their lunchboxes in the lunchbox bin, doesn't everything inside get all jumbled together in to a big mess?

And I look at the strawberries cut in to stars and all I can think is $$$$ Organic strawberries are about $7/container here in NY right now and all I can imagine is the "uncute" pieces that are getting thrown away $$$$$ ouch.

Heather said...

Dark cocoa almonds to curb the after lunch sugar craving!

Jina said...

you had me at chickpea! :)

niabowling said...

At 3pm, I always get a snack craving. Typically, I end up at the vending machine. I would love to have these packs of healthy snacks ready in my desk for that 3 o'clock craving! Since I can never make up my mind between salty and sweet, I would totally go for the salted caramel pretzel pops!!

Amanda Segnere said...

The Cashew Power Clusters sound so good!

Muoi said...

The lemon pucker pistachios and any of the dried fruits sound amazing!

swimCH22 said...

Thanks for the giveaway! The guacamole bites sound absolutely dynamite!

Sarah Damaska said...

Mmmm! Impossible to decide! Thank you!

Carlee said...

Citrus chipotle chickpeas! Delicious.

Andrea said...

Salted caramel pretzel pops are sounding amazing to this prego mama!

Andrea said...

Salted caramel pretzel pops are sounding amazing to this prego mama!

Emily said...

I love chocolate almonds! Mmmm. Perfect afternoon snack!

LissaCris said...

I'd love to try the south pacific plantains, I think my kids would love to try the cocoa waffle wafers and the dried pear. Yum!

Meegan said...

The Blueberry Nom Noms look delicious and that name, too cute!

Margaret said...

so awesome...pick me please! whole wheat blueberry figgy bars - whaaat!

kl said...

Salted Caramel Pretzel Pops, yum! Also I'm a fan of any type of dried fruit.

Erin L said...

Thanks for organizing the giveaway! These snacks look amazing...especially the roasted chickpeas and praline pumpkin seeds!

Harriet said...

The dried chickpeas with all the flavors look fabulous and would be a great addition to our daughter's lunch box!

MelissaGwen said...

Pistachio power clusters are my favorite! I put the pack in my gym bag so I can snack on my way home and I don't eat them all at once when they first arrive!

Em said...

yum. roasted chickpeas, dried apples, and dried peaches look delicious!

elizapipp said...

Holy moly, those salted caramel pretzel pops look fantastic...

I have a few Japanese bento boxes, but the frustrating thing is that the cutest ones I own are all too small to fit my lunch, because they are designed to fit a child's portion. I always wind up with a cute bento, and then another Tupperware container of snacks on the side!!

Becky said...

Salted caramel pretzel pops? Coffee kettle corn? Carrot strawberry fruit chews? Yes, please!

Joss said...

French toast granola!!!

Elizabeth Anne said...

ALL the granolas, the lemon pucker pistachios and the blueberry almonds - yum!

Marti said...

I'm a salty snacker, so the chickpeas sound good!!

Nicole said...

So many awesome looking choices! The raspberry figgy bars were looking especially good to me right now!

KelseyMW said...

I'm pretty sure I would eat any of these snacks, but today I'm feeling the Coffee Kettle Popcorn, Sriracha Roasted Cashews, and Garden Tomato Crunchies.

Mary Frances said...

Yum! The Roasted Sea Salt Chickpeas sound delicious and I know my fiance would like the Sriracha Roasted Cashews!

Sarah Benson said...

the seaweed rice pops look delish! hope i win!

Whit K said...

They all look great! Especially the chili lime pistachios!

Melly said...

Citrus Chipotle Chick Peas! Lemon Meringue Waffles!! SO many!!!

Susan Miller said...

Sriracha roasted cashews? Yes, please!

sarie725 said...

Yum - it all looks tasty! I especially think the sea salt garbanzo beans and sriracha roasted cashews sound amazing!

Casandra said...

Roasted sea salt chickpeas.

Maggie said...

I would love to try the roasted sea salt chickpeas, the apple pie oat clusters, and baked sweet potato fries :)

Caitlin said...

ANY of the pretzel bits or the Baked Sweet Potato fries for the win!! I work above a 7 Eleven so eating healthy is quite a challenge with the convenience store downstairs....a Nature Box subscription could be my cure!

K-Krew said...

Dark chocolate berry trail mix.
Thanks for the giveaway and sharing about the bento lunchboxes. I am curious though, does the food stay put in the containers after the bus ride, being put in a cubby, dropped, etc.

michaelpain said...

The plantains look super yummy!

amanda said...

Any of the pretzel options!

Emily said...

All of the dried fruits look great

Alice said...

The BBQ peas look so amazing. Naturebox seems cool!

Nusrat Mahwish said...

Roasted sea salt chickpeas, coffee kettle popcorn & cocao waffle wafers sound delish!

Alice said...

The BBQ peas look so amazing. Naturebox seems cool!

Alice said...

The BBQ peas look so amazing. Naturebox seems cool!

Katie Fielding said...

yogurt covered pretzels for the win!

Celeste said...

Been meaning to try Nature Box for over a year. And I've been thinking about the bento boxes. So I would say this post was practically just for me!

Kebra Shelhamer said...

It's a savory tie...Roasted sea salt chickpeas and Poppy Seed Sticks!

Laura said...

Black and white granola. Hands down.

kate said...

I've completely cut out added sugar so I love the idea that I could get snacks without any.

Peppery Pistachios sound amazing!

kate said...

I've completely cut out added sugar so I love the idea that I could get snacks without any.

Peppery Pistachios sound amazing!

Sarah said...

I've been meaning to check out nature box! The pb&j granola sounds intriguing, as do the praline pumkin seeds. Now I'm off to check out their dairy free options.

Colleen said...

Oh my, the choices! We've gone gluten-free as well. I'd love to try the South Pacific Plantains.

Natalie said...

Honestly, they all look delicious! But these caught my eye...sea salt chickpeas, seaweed rice pops, pistachio power clusters and aztec chia seed trail mix.

CummingsAB said...

Definitely the PB& J granola and dried pineapple! Mmmm, I need a snack right now!!

Vanessa said...

sea salt chickpeas, pear praline crunch, salted carmel pretzel pops, and siracha cashews!

MRManja said...

I'm in for sea salt chickpeas!

Foster said...

Dried peaches and yogurt covered pretzels...I could make a lunch out of those right now!

Denise said...

what a great system - filters make it super easy. love the sound of dried peaches and chipotle maple almonds and citrus chipotle chickpeas! thanks so much.

megitys said...

Mmmm!! Salt caramel pretzel pops. Sounds so good!

Kara said...

Any pistachio flavor or the Tuscan Summer Mix!

Hannah said...

oooh! masa crisps!

Ellen said...

The citrus chipotle chickpeas and the dark cocoa almonds!

Meredith said...

Bruschetta Pretzel Pops? Are you kidding? It's seriously hard to look at that page because each one looks better than the last.

Bree Smith said...

Mmmmm the salted caramel pretzel pops sound soooo good!

alisonues said...

Yummy! The Salted Caramel Pretzel Pops and the Banana Bread Granola is making me hungry!

Kate said...

It all looks amazing, but the Salted Caramel Pretzel Pops and Lemon Meringue Waffles look especially interesting!

Rachel said...

The PB&J granola sounds so good!!!

Tasneem Hussain said...

The dark cocoa almonds look delicious!

Coley G. said...

French toast granola sounds to die for!

Elizabeth said...

Sweet and Salty - the salted caramel pretzel pops sound awesome - would love the dried fruit for my almost two year old! cute post Jenny!

Elizabeth said...

Sweet and Salty - the salted caramel pretzel pops sound awesome - would love the dried fruit for my almost two year old! cute post Jenny!

Jen said...

Citrus pistachios and garlic pumpkin seeds! Yum!

Carlotta Lacy said...

Would love to try some baked sweet potato fries & siracha cashews

Ginna said...

Ooh the tart and tangy fruit medley looks delicious!

Kathryn Junk said...

The Lemon Meringue Waffles sound divine!

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Sarah S said...

I am forever obsessed with Roasted Chickpeas! It would be wonderful to not have to go through the (minimal) effort of making them myself!

Ribbon said...

I will narrow the delicious option down to 3 : cranberyy almond bites, antioxidant boost, and the whole wheat rasperry figy bars. Thanks for the change to win.

Laura said...

I'm so intrigued by the coffee kettle popcorn and the barbecue sunflower seeds. So many sound delicious!

HeartSTL said...

lemon pucker pistachios (what!), umami roasted nuts (ooh!), and dried pears (!!!). yes please.

Nicole said...

South Pacific plantains chips sound yummy!

Heather said...

Peppery Chickpeas and the Plantain Chips. yum

Loren said...

Apple Pie Oat Clusters.
Love the Bento Boxes, I've been thinking about taking the plunge and buying one for myself but I could never decide what system to use. This one looks great!

European Paint Finishes said...

awesome giveaway! love the non-gmo and gluten free options, those pear praline crunches do sound yummy although i think i could devour it all :)thx!!

lil'monkeysmama said...

I would love the salted sea salt chickpeas....mmm.

lil'monkeysmama said...

I would love to try all of the savory snacks!

Alaina Jankly said...

Salted Caramel Pretzel Pops and Cocoa or Lemon Meringue Waffle Wafers??? Yes PLEASE.

CARMEN said...

My husband is a big snacker so I think he'd love to get the French Vanilla Almond Granola each month!

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mlpull said...

Lemon Pucker Pistachios sound yummy!

jackiemdoyle said...

They all look delicious but I'd love to try the sante fe corn stix

Amy said...

Salted caramel pretzel pops for me, please!

Tina B said...

I would love to win!
Sour cream and onion almonds and siracha cashews, Yum!!

Joyce said...

I'd probably have to go with the French vanilla almond granola! It sounds so good!

Jackie said...

I could go for some cherry ganache granola right about now...

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Emily said...

I'd love to try the dried pears or the lemon meringue waffles!

Amy Giles said...

I'm a kid about a sweet and chewy snack, so I would love to try the carrot strawberry bites.

L.Renee said...

The roasted sea salt chick peas have my vote.thanks for hosting this give-away!

Afton said...

it's so hard to say! french toast granola, apple pie oat clusters, and the cocoa waffle wafers all sound amazing. (i'm noticing a trend in my picks...)

Juli said...

I was just looking at naturebox yesterday! I love all the different flavored nuts, sriracha cashews, smoky pumpkin seeds, sweet blueberry almonds. They all sound so good!

CoplanRanch said...

dried peaches for me!

Rachael Phebus said...

Sriracha Roasted Cashews & Praline Pumpkin Seeds both sound pretty good!

Kelsi said...

I really want to do this with my family--we need a snack cupboard makeover. I bet my boys would love the carrot strawberry chews!

Steph said...

Dark cocoa almonds, Vanilla Macaroon Granola, and PB Nom Noms!

bwash said...

Can't go wrong with dried peaches

Bethany DeVore said...

The PB & J Granola sounds delicious! The salted caramel pretzel pops sound great too!

Allyson said...

The sriracha roasted cashews sound great!

Sabrina said...

Roasted Sea Salt Chickpeas look amazing!

Brittany said...

Hey, there. I'm interested in the lunch boxes you are using. How do you keep things cool? I'm thinking about them for my kids' school lunches and they would be in their back packs until lunch. Thanks!!

Kates said...

ohh they all look so delicious! I would go for the BBQ Kettle kernels, my youngest would go for the whole wheat blueberry figgy bars and my oldest would definitely go for the dried fruit! Apples, cranberries they all look good.

Amy said...

The french toast granola and the guacamole bites would definitely be in my first order!

heidi alene said...

Would love to try the plantain chips and teriyaki twists!

The Hyde's said...

sriracha roasted cashews- YUM!

Molly said...

The carrot-strawberry chews and baked sweet potato fries look awesome!

Katherine "Katie" said...

It was so hard to choose! I do really want to try the guacamole bites though.

Hascy said...

This sounds like the perfect solution for my picky three-year-old! She would love the sweet potato fries, yogurt pretzels, and banana bread granola...and I would love the roasted sea salt chickpeas and the salted caramel pretzel pops! Yum! :)

Trisha said...

I need to jump on the roasted chickpea wagon! But I'm curious about the bento boxes- if you hold the container upright, does anything spill over into the next box?

MilaT said...

All of it! It all looks so good! My kids are in a picky-eating phase but even looking at this with them, they got excited about quite a few of them!

Alyssa said...

The PB&J granola and BBQ sunflower kernels sound addicting!! So hard to choose :)

emchap24 said...

Sea salt chickpeas, yummy!!!

monica said...

citrus chipotle chickpeas!

amber wallace said...

Those lunches are the cutest!! I would love to win,I would want to start with the sea salt chick peas and bruschetta pretzel bites. Yum!

Babs said...

Roasted sea salt chickpeas for my wheat-free, egg-free, dairy-free, nut-free hubbie!

Babs said...

Roasted sea salt chickpeas for my wheat-free, egg-free, dairy-free, nut-free hubbie!

Felicia said...

i love apple chips! those granny smith apples look perfect!

Janna McCalley said...

The dark chocolate trail mix looks yummy!

alison said...

The taj mahal snack mix looks so good! I've been wanting to try this company.

sns812 said...

The sea salt chickpeas...yum!

Kara said...

My daughter is going to a new preschool next year that will require me to start packing her lunches every day. I LOVE the idea of sending her with healthy treats - the roasted sea salt chickpeas and pb&j granola would sure be big hits.

Danielle said...

Granolas, figgy bars, nut mixes, & dried fruits!

Stephanie said...

Oh my goodness, everything looks amazing! Especially the BBQ sunflower seeds, sweet potato fries and cherry berry granola. :)

Arianna said...

dried peaches woot woot

Rebecca said...

BBQ sunflower kernels, sea salt chickpeas, salted caramel pretzel pops, french toast granola, oh I could go on!

Jolene Crites said...

Love any kind of trail mix with nuts in it. Your bento boxes are so cute.

Tracy Page said...

Mmmm! I want a bento lunch box for myself! :) The baked sweet potato fries and whole wheat blueberry figgy bars look delicious!

The Garner Family said...

All of the dried fruit sounds delicious and so does the PB&J Granola! Yum.

sarah m. dorsey said...

sriracha roasted cashews sound amazing!

Betsy said...

EVERYTHING looks delicious. I'd especially love to try the Peanut Butter Nom Noms and the Baked Sweet Potato Fries. Oh, and the Cocoa Waffle Wafers. Yummy.

Anonymous said...

It's ridiculous how good everything on there looks...that's not your grandma's granola! Would love to try the Salted Caramel Pretzel Pops and the Teriyaki Twists...mmm!

ChristyC

racherpeg said...

OH. MY. ---- Salted Caramel Pretzel Pops!!

Amy G. said...

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for taking the time to post this. I just ordered everything on your list and the snacks. My kids are going to be thrilled! And me, the most popular mom in the world. Again, thanks!

Haley said...

Bluberry Almond Bites sound good and the Blueberry Nom Noms... Isn't that a Ludacris song?! ;)

Jenny at LGN said...

Hi guys! Thanks for the questions about the Bento boxes! Two (actually three if you count the little sauce tub) of the containers come with an additional lid, so if you have something liquid you can lock it up. But I'm surprised at how well everything stays put. The actual top of the lunchbox sits pretty flush against the inner boxes, so nothing really can move around too much.

Also - about the strawberries and waste, we would obviously never throw away any of the fruit in the name of cute flower cut outs! When the girls make these in the mornings, we cut up the strawberries or whatever into slices and they can make the shape and keep the rest of the slice in their lunch too, or most of the time they are just eating the fruit as they go in the morning. We don't do the shapes every day, but the girls (and their friends, I guess) love it.

xo

laura said...

CHICKPEAS!! SO GOOD!

Rachel said...

Those praline pumpkin seeds look amazing!!

Nicole said...

blueberry almond bites!

Brooklynvt said...

OMG all those options look tasty and would make my lunch packing task seem SO much more desirable! I'd go w/ the sea salt chickpeas or the sriracha roasted cashews first...mmmm! Fingers crossed, this sounds amazing!!!

Audrey said...

Can I say everything? the citrus chipotle chickpeas look yummy!

Elise said...

The chickpeas sound yummy!

Ellen Scatchell said...

Chipotle Chickpeas, please!

Anne said...

Wow, there's a lot more enticing stuff than I expected on their site! I want to try the chickpeas, yogurt pretzels, and salted caramel pretzel pops.

Jennifer Kimball said...

So many good choices. I think my kids would love the carrot/ strawberry or orange/mango fruit chews. I would like the coco almonds.

okorindear said...

Blueberry almonds sound so incredibly tasty to me. I might order five bags of them for my box.

Laurie said...

Salted Caramel Pretzel Pops!

Erin W. said...

I've been trying to snack healthier and would LOVE to try NatureBox out! The PB & J granola, blueberry almonds, and raspberry figgy bars all sound delicious!

AmytheGreen said...

I need some siracha roasted cashews and salted caramel pretzel pops in my life!

Meredith Grey said...

the praline pumpkin seeds– yum!

Cristina M Pedraza said...

This is such a great idea! We spend so much on snacks at our house that this makes total sense. You sold me at Salted Caramel Pretzel Pops, but the Carrot Strawberry Fruit Chews also sound amazing! I think my boyfriend would looooove the Sriracha Roasted Cashews too!

Alex said...

It's lunchtime and I want almost all those snacks! PB&J granola, plantain chips, pistachio power clusters...

Alex said...

It's lunchtime and I want almost all those snacks! PB&J granola, plantain chips, pistachio power clusters...

Amy said...

Coffee Kettle Popcorn looks amazing!

lili88 said...

I think I'd try the dried pineapple, dried apples or the dried peaches!

Liesel said...

I've wanted to try NatureBox for a long time! The coffee kettle popcorn looks delicious! And any of the dried fruit!

Sarah Sadie said...

holy guacamole bites! those look amazing!!

sarah ann said...

Pb and j granola and lemon meringue waffles! Oh man!

lisa.meyer914 said...

I love all dried fruit but the blueberry almonds sound great too!

Kim in MN said...

Whole Wheat Raspberry Figgy Bars! But there are so many that sound good :)

Bec said...

The dried fruits are calling to me today: dried apples, pears, pineapple... Oh my! :) I would love to win! I've been tempted to order these but want to try them first. This would give me that opportunity! Thanks for the chance.

amalisa said...

Sriracha cashews sound delicious!

Julia BENNETT Farmer comin atcha! said...

mmm salted caramel pretzel balls

Sarah R said...

Yum! The sea salt chickpeas, smoky pumpkin seeds and acai berry crunch all look delicious!

Julia BENNETT Farmer comin atcha! said...

salted caramel pretzel balls

chopsuey said...

Can't decide between the peppery pistachios or the granny smith apples. Yum!

Krista said...

Hard to choose,but two that looked REALLY good were the praline pumpkin seeds and the salted caramel pretzel pops.

Laura said...

The Dark Cocoa Almonds sound amazing but of course, so do half the other snacks :-)

Torey said...

The plantains looked great and the praline flavored nuts and seeds. So yummy!

toreycervantes at gmail dot com

Bonnie Boyson said...

There are so many yummy options. The chili lime pistachios and the Bombay curried cashews are at the top of my list.

Anonymous said...

Yum! We love using bento boxes with my kindergartener! The Bombay Curried Cashews sound delicious to me. margarethiltz@hotmail.com

Emily said...

I'd love the roasted sea salt chickpeas, apple pie oat clusters, praline pumpkin seeds, and harvest rice sticks--how fun!

Jenn said...

Oh so many to choose from! The whole wheat figgy bars, sweet blueberry almonds, and oat bran dippin sticks are my top runners!

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