Nutrition 2015-10-09 Back-to-School Bento Box Lunches (Infographic) Main Article Content Breadcrumb navigation All/Nutrition/Back-to-School Bento Box Lunches (Infographic) Kid-Approved Lunch Ideas Whether you have a picky eater or a child with special dietary needs, preparing school lunches can be challenging. The bento, a Japanese lunchbox, has been gaining popularity for its compact and organized way to create delightful, healthy lunches. What’s the perfect formula for your child’s lunch? It should contain a variety of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and two to three ounces of lean protein. Here are some creative, nutritious lunch ideas that are both parent- and kid-approved. Interested in connecting more to the Northwestern Medicine community? Sign up for the Healthy Tips E-Newsletter for everything from health and wellness ideas to patient breakthroughs to academic and medical advancements. 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