If you have a desire to make healthy food that’s fun to eat, you should learn about bento lunches! This traditional Japanese method of making segmented lunch is also great for people who have food allergies and specific dietary needs.
Sometimes labor intensive, creating bento boxes is a great way to show your spouse, children and other loved ones how much you care!
There’s also a lot of room for creativity, as you’ll see in this list of our top 5 nature-themed bento lunches. Enjoy!
1. Camping Bento
It may not seem like it considering the current weather, but camping season is coming back! This beautiful camping-themed bento from beneficial-bento has a cool purple sky made with “forbidden rice”.
The creator of this bento really amped up the nature theme with some zucchini trees (not to mention the delicious sounding combo of lean ground beef and lentils for the ground). Oh, and the moon and stars are cheese.
2. Wildlife Veggie Bento
Let’s not forget about those asparagus trees and carrot flowers! Not only does it make us happy to look at, but it looks good enough to eat.
3. St. Patrick’s Day-Themed Bento
Irish-themed bento! That’s right—we didn’t forget it was St. Patrick’s day today! Enjoy the holiday, and maybe eat something green and healthy. All those green foods up there look tasty and are an explosion of color for the eye. We’re feeling inspired to eat some greens just by looking at it!
4. Heron Bento
Yep—that’s a heron. Made out of egg. (Which is some good protein for your hike or birding activities!) And look at that blue rice sky! How did they get it so blue? This bento art comes from Sakurako Kitsa, who has made many beautiful bentos with themes ranging from a movie to nature scenes to animals.
5. Goose Bento
Well, what can we say. If you made it on this list you really know what you’re doing! And lunch artist Sakurako Kitsa has some great nature-themed bentos. Here’s a couple of Canadian geese looking majestic against some sky blue rice.
Bento Lunch Boxes for the Trail
There are a lot of cool products you can use to take your bento creation on the trail. You grab your Pocket Ranger® app and you’re ready to go and enjoy eating some bento nature scenes while you enjoy looking at real nature scenes! Here are a couple of product options for bringing your bento lunch on the trail:
This ECOlunchbox Three In One is great for packing a nice lunch for the trail, and of course its reusability makes it eco-friendly! Careful though—these aren’t totally leak proof if you’re packing wetter foods.
This design from Light my Fire looks almost as cool as your inevitably awesome bento lunches will look! It comes with a spork and some other pieces if you get the whole meal kit. Both of these lunch boxes are a good size, perfect for when you go out for a picnic.
Handmade bento lunch is a craft that has experienced a revival in recent years and we hope this list inspires you to think about some fun, creative and healthy ways to bring lunch on your next outdoor activity. So use your Pocket Ranger® app to find a new location for a picnic or a hike, pack a lunch and let’s enjoy nature and have fun!