Easy Low Carb Bento Mini-Meals

Redesign your average low carb lunches. Low carb Bento is the perfect mini-meal: a rich balance of taste, nutrition and art.

With low carb Bento, you can assemble a low carb harmony of flavors and keep food spoilage to a minimum.

  • How to make Bento low carb
  • Best low carb substitutes for rice and pasta
  • Free Bento Design Ideas eBook
  • Low carb Bento protein, veggies, fats and fruit

 

Low carb Bento boxes are filled with playful designs of nutritious foods, presented in a variety of flavors, shapes and colors.

 

Bento Box Designs

Many Bento box box designs feature rice, but low carbers substitute chicken/tuna/egg salad or shredded cheeses for a low carb version.

 

Making Low Carb Bento

Making low carb Bento is a unique family cooking activity, and an excellent way to encourage kids to enjoy healthy, low carb food choices.

Creating a special lunchbox is a great way to surprise your child, and a way to sneak in a few vegetables.

Low carb Bento box meals are colorful, healthy and fun to eat on-the-go.

 

A Bento box with snap peas, egg slices, cherry tomatoes, salmon roll-ups, meatball patties, kiwi and panko breaded shrimp.

This lower-carb Bento box has sliced green beans, eggs, cherry tomatoes, salmon roll-ups, meatball patties, pineapple-kiwi and panko breaded shrimp.

 

Low Carb Bento: Inspiration To Go

A daily low carb Bento box, filled with delicious energy-packed foods is crucial for on-the-go low carb eating.

This energetic, pre-packed meal allows low carbers the freedom to eat low carb away from home, in a visually beautiful way. Browse our Bento visual journal for video and design inspiration.

Break free from your typical boxed lunch and try some gourmet low carb foods arranged in unexpected ways.

 

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Making Bento Low Carb

Traditional Bento box design concentrates on carbohydrates, grains and  for the bulk of the meal.

Luckily, with a few easy substitutions, anyone on a low carb diet can enjoy this fine art of food!

 

Best Low Carb Foods for Bento

Building a better, low carb Bento box is to simple. Reduce the portions of carbohydrates and grains, and substitute protein/fat food options:

  • Chopped vegetables with olive oil and shredded cheese is a unique low carb substitute for rice.
  • Finely chopped salads work wherever rice appears in traditional Bento.
  • Chopped squash and onion salads, seafood salads and shredded cooked meats are easily molded into fun shapes, and keep their form once refrigerated.
  • Switch from white rice to brown, and use sparingly. Brown rice provides fiber and nutrients. Combine a small amount of rice with sunflower seeds, vegetables or shredded chicken to easily form shapes.
  • Wrap low carb rice mixtures in a sheet of nori seaweed, sushi-style. Seaweed enhances the nutritional value of the meal by adding essential amino acids and vitamin C.
  • Pack sweet potato cubes, which are slow carbs and high on the nourishment scale. Include the skins when possible for extra vitamins. Roasting or baking the potato lessens the leaching of nutrients and vitamins.

 

Sliced ham and romain leaf lettuce rolled up and skewered with a toothpick.

Roll up sliced deli meat with thin vegetables and cheese. Or, cut the tubes into one inch sections for colorful spiral patterns.

 

Low Carb Bento Protein

In your low carb Bento box lunch, feature an egg along with another protein.

 

High Fat Meats

Try grilled chicken, steak, salmon or tuna mini burgers. Chicken/tuna/seafood salad and shredded meats are perfect substitutes for rice.

 

Tamagoyaki

Tamagoyaki is a low-calorie Japanese omelet filled with healthy vegetables and high quality protein.

Rolled up Tamagoyaki are sliced or shaped to substitute for bread and rice.

 

Miso

Try miso marinated boiled eggs. The miso adds a delicious touch of savory flavor and more nutrients.

 

Vegetarian Protein

If you are a vegetarian, beans, tofu and soy are important sources of protein.

 

Low Carb Bento Fats

On low carb, fat is our main fuel source for energy and endurance during exercise.

Be sure to add enough healthy fat to your box.

  • Fats and oils are naturally included in some protein Bento ingredients.
  • Eggs, fish, nuts and olive oil contain “good” fats which are important for heart health.
  • Cheese comes in many colors and is an easy food to form into shapes. Slice with a knife, use cookie cutters or press crumbled cheese into a candy mold.

 

Low Carb Bento Veggies

Broccoli and Cauliflower

Hands down, broccoli is the most versatile, delicious and highly nutritious vegetable to use for low carb Bento designs.

  • Broccoli is very high in nutrients, and easy to prepare and package.
  • Roasting is preferable with olive oil and seasonings.

 

Mixed Greens

Lettuce and greens are excellent fillers, adding fiber and instant color.

  • Fold, roll, tear or shred spinach, romaine and darker vividly colored lettuce leaves.

 

Sprouts, not Pasta

  • Roasted brussels sprouts with lemon are a refreshing meal-time flavor.
  • Sprouts are easy to slice, and are firm enough to hold their shape.
  • Whole sprouts add an interesting round element to any low carb Bento design.

 

Low Carb Bento Fruits

Fruits offer valuable nutritional and vitamin C benefits, and should occasionally appear in the low carb Bento box.

Use fruits sparingly to keep the box low carb. A few thin slices of kiwi or orange gives your lunch a splash of color.

Indulge yourself. Try a few of the 43 low carb fruits to your diet.

 

Bento-making tools: a ,knife, paper cups and shape-cutters. Two hands arrange the food into a Bento-style work of edible art.

Low Carb Bento Fillers

The empty spaces in the low carb Bento box are for the fillers: sauces, small vegetables and shaped or rolled lettuces.

  • Leftovers from any meal, even a one or two ounce serving, are perfect fillers.
  • A single slice of fruit is low carb diet friendly and doubles as a sweet finish to any meal.
  • Red and orange foods such as cherry tomatoes and carrot sticks are easy finger foods that add an instant accent of color anywhere in the box.
  • Whole or sliced marinated olives are spicy, tangy or savory treats that fit in tiny spaces.

 

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