8 Bento Boxes to Help You Brown Bag It

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Whether it’s assembling a mishmash of leftovers, making a sandwich, or cooking something entirely different, packing a healthy lunch every day can be a challenge. There are plenty of delicious make-ahead meals, and having a meal plan will definitely help, but so will a good lunch container.

We love using a bento box to pack lunch because it keep foods from getting soggy, and it can also help you plan and pack a balanced, portion-controlled meal. Here are eight of our favorite options for packing a healthy lunch.

  • Bentgo Kids Leakproof Lunch Box, $28 from Amazon: Christine reviewed this lunch box earlier this year. It’s perfectly portioned for a kid’s lunch, and it’s BPA free.
  • Colorful Klip-It Lunch Cube To-Go, $6 from Container Store: If you need something simple for a sandwich and a couple of sides, this is the easiest option out there. (And it’s small enough to toss in your purse or bag.)
  • Iwotou Lunch Bento Box, $18 from Amazon: This is more akin to the traditional bento box, but in a lighter plastic version. We especially love the soup/yogurt compartment to prevent spilling.
  • Ananas Yellow Bento Box, $28 from Yumbox: This one is definitely designed for the kids, unless you want circus animals staring up at you as you finish your quinoa salad. But we’re betting it will help your kids eat their full meal.
  • Fit & Fresh Bento Lunch Box Kit, $20 from Bed Bath & Beyond: This kit can be configured in several different ways so you can adjust it to fit whatever meal you’re packing. Plus, it has an insulated carrying case, so you don’t have to worry as much if you can’t find space in the office fridge.
  • Bentgo All-in-One Stackable Bento Box, $15 from Amazon: Somewhere between a bento box and a tiffin, this might be the perfect lunch container for those who can’t decide between the two. We love that it packs your utensils on an inside layer — no need to worry about them getting dirty on your way to work.
  • All-in-One Lunch Bag, $47 from Pottery Barn Kids: This is another favorite of ours. Not only does it have plenty of compartments, but it comes in a perfectly sized insulated lunch bag so there’s no guesswork involved in how to carry it. Read our full review.
  • Hammered Metal Tiffin, $10 from World Market: Okay, a tiffin isn’t exactly the same as a bento box, but it has a lot of similar elements — it keeps different foods separated and it is self-contained, so we had to include one here. Plus, the hammered finish on this one makes it feel a bit more luxe.
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