Thursday, August 15, 2019

10 Gluten Free Bento Box Lunch Ideas for School, Work or On the Go

Two weeks worth of bento box lunch ideas

If you need easy gluten-free bento box lunch ideas for school, work or picnics in the park, I've got you!


All of these easy gluten-free lunch ideas are perfect for taking on the go and are kid-approved (but adults love them, too!).

Whether you need school lunch ideas, gluten-free lunch ideas for work or gluten-free picnic ideas, this post will give you everything you need to pack delicious gluten-free lunches that will be the envy of even the most avid grain-eaters around you.

All of the ingredients used for these healthy bento box lunches were picked up at my local Whole Foods, including the yogurt and kefir from this post's sponsor, Wallaby.

I've got 10 great ideas for you to help you pack healthy gluten-free lunches both kids and adults will love.

While you're here:

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10 Gluten-Free Bento Box Lunch Ideas

How to pack gluten free bento box lunches that kids will actually eat

A note on gluten before we get started: If you are packing lunches for someone gluten intolerant, you probably know this, but be sure to read your labels! 

The yogurt and kefir products I recommend are gluten-free but any other packaged item has the opportunity for gluten contamination. 

Read your labels carefully and look for the certified gluten-free seal to keep you and your gluten intolerant body safe!

Gluten-Free Lunch Idea #1: Deconstructed Chicken Tacos

Deconstructed chicken taco bento box lunch ideas
This lunch is especially great when you have leftover grilled chicken from dinner the night before.

I like to eat this by dipping the chicken chunks in the creamy taco sauce and then dipping in cheese or lettuce. You could also serve this with guacamole if you like having multiple dipping options.

Gluten-free tortilla chips would also make a great addition to this lunch for big kids or adults who need a little more food in their lunch.

To make this gluten-free lunch idea, pack:
  • Chunks of leftover grilled chicken
  • Baby tomatoes
  • Shredded lettuce 
  • Shredded cheese
  • Creamy taco sauce - make it by mixing 1/2 cup of plain Greek style yogurt or sour cream with about one teaspoon of taco seasoning or to taste.

Gluten-Free Lunch Idea #2: Breakfast for Lunch

Breakfast inspired bento box lunch with waffles, blueberries and Wallaby yogurt
There is just something magical about waffles! Any time my kids get waffles in their lunch is a good day!

This is a great way to use up leftover waffles or pancakes that you made at home with gluten-free grains.

Of course, store-bought gluten-free waffles work great for this, too.

To pack this gluten-free lunch idea, you need:
  • 1 - 2 gluten-free waffles, cut in half
  • Hard-boiled egg
  • Fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt mixed with a tablespoon of honey. Pack it in an insulated container to keep it cold!

Gluten-Free Lunch Idea #3: On a Roll

Turkey and cheese roll ups with pea pods, carrots and garlic yogurt dip
Everything is more fun when it's rolled up! 

Add some fun to this healthy gluten-free lunch by making a tasty dipping sauce to pack in your bento containers.

The protein-packed dip tastes delicious and makes the veggies more enjoyable as well.

To make this gluten-free lunch idea, pack:
  • Turkey and cheese rolls ups (just wrap slices of turkey around a piece of string cheese)
  • Carrots
  • Peapods
  • Garlic yogurt for dipping
    (try making this garlic sauce recipe with Greek yogurt - you'll want to put it on everything!)

Gluten-Free Lunch Idea #4: Smoothie and Snacks

Kefir smoothie, hard boiled egg, trail mix and apple slices in a bento box for lunch
My kids love getting smoothies for lunch but I don't always have time to break out the blender before school.

To give them a delicious smoothie experience, pour strawberry or blueberry kefir into an insulated drink container and add it to their lunch box.

It tastes great and has live active cultures, too.

To pack this gluten-free lunch idea, you need:
  • Strawberry or Blueberry Kefir (use an insulated drink container to keep it cold)
  • Hard-boiled egg
  • Trail mix
  • Apple slices (toss them with lemon juice to keep them from browning)

Gluten-Free Lunch Idea #5: Sneaky Salad

Easy gluten free bento box lunch idea - deconstructed chef salad with salami, cheese, tomatoes, olives and fruit salad
This is all the best fixings from a chef salad, deconstructed and added to a bento box.

For dessert, I included fresh blueberries tossed in a little bit of Strawberry kefir as a dressing.

Kefir makes a great fruit salad dressing no matter what fruit you choose. Try this with mixed berries or even diced apples

To make this gluten-free lunch idea, pack:
  • Olives
  • Salami slices
  • Cheese chunks
  • Cucumber slices
  • Baby tomatoes
  • Fruit salad made by tossing your favorite berries in strawberry kefir

Gluten-Free Lunch Idea #6: Protein Box

Make a yummy bento box with apple slices, yogurt dip and trail mix
For this lunch, I made a yogurt-based dipping sauce by mixing Greek plain yogurt with honey.

If your school isn't nut-free, you could also make the dipping sauce by mixing in a little bit of peanut butter, too. Yum!

To pack this gluten-free lunch idea, you need:
  • Apple slices
  • Trail mix
  • Greek yogurt dipping sauce
    (To make it, mix 3/4 cup Greek yogurt with 1 Tbsp honey and 2 Tbsp peanut butter. If you can't have nuts in your lunch, this is still delicious if you leave out the peanut butter)

Gluten-Free Lunch Idea #7: Chicken Salad Not-A-Sandwich

Easy gluten free bento box ideas - featuring chicken salad, almond crackers, cucumbers and carrots
This is another great way to use up leftover cooked chicken!

I love this Greek yogurt chicken salad recipe from The Honour System for making creamy chicken salad.

Instead of a sandwich, serve it up with crunchy things to dip in the chicken salad like cucumbers, carrots and almond flour crackers.

To make this gluten-free lunch idea, pack:

Gluten-Free Lunch Idea #8: Garden Variety

Make an easy gluten free bento box with peapods, tomaotes, blueberries, hardboiled egg and yogurt cup
Take advantage of seasonal fruits and veggies by packing a variety into their bento box. Use silicone muffin tins to keep ingredients separate.

Add a protein boost with a hard-boiled egg and Greek yogurt.

Get in some good unsaturated fats with kid-friendly olives.

Kids love this fun yogurt cup that has yogurt on one side and organic fruit sauce on the other. The flexible cup lets you flip the fruit sauce over into the yogurt for a yummy mix-in.

To pack this gluten-free lunch idea, pack:
  • Seasonal veggies like peapods and baby tomatoes
  • Blueberries
  • Hardboiled egg
  • Olives
  • Greek yogurt

Gluten-Free Lunch Idea #9: Ranch Style

Make a tasty gluten free bento box lunch with carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and chicken chunks with a high protein ranch dip made with Wallaby greek yogurt
Do your kids love ranch like my kids love ranch?

Give ranch a protein boost by making it with Greek yogurt and your favorite ranch dip mix.

Then serve with lots of nutritious dippers.

To pack this gluten-free lunch idea, you need:
  • Grilled chicken chunks
  • Baby tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber slices
  • Ranch style yogurt dip (to make it, mix your favorite ranch dip mix into Greek plain yogurt)

Gluten-Free Lunch Idea #10: Turn up the beet

Pack a gluten free lunch with creamy beet hummus made with wallaby yogurt, veggies and multi-grain tortilla chips
If your kids love dip and color, try this fun spin on a snacky favorite by making a creamy beet dip with yogurt.

Get the beet dip recipe here: Beet and Yogurt Dip from Sugar and Charm

To pack this gluten-free lunch idea, you need:

That's it!

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10 easy gluten free lunch ideas. These are all quick and healthy meals that are perfect for kids or for adults. Bring these simple bento box means to school, work or on the go.

About the Author:

Carissa Bonham is a lifelong crafter and mom of two creative boys. The owner and lead writer at Creative Green Living, she won the Craftys Award for the "Best Craft Blogger" category in 2016 and the ShiftCon award for "Best DIY Blogger" in 2018.

Her creative pursuits don't stop at crafts - she is also the author of the hardcover cookbook, Beautiful Smoothie Bowls (Skyhorse, 2017) and several ebooks. Her projects have been featured in magazines like Kids Crafts 1-2-3, Capper's Farmer and Urban Farm Magazine. Follow her on PinterestInstagramTwitter or join the Creative Green Living community group.
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