Even if we’re working from home, we’re still busy, and breakfast meal prep can help us feel accomplished & start the day off right.
I love a breakfast bento box. It’s great because you can have it all there ready to go on your way out the door. But it’s easy to get stuck for bento box ideas! Sure, you know you want something protein-packed, but which box recipes are actually good for you?
10 Breakfast Meal Prep Bento Boxes
What Is A Bento Box?
A bento box is a Japanese version of a lunch box that contains a single portion of a balanced meal. It’s an all-in-one box that you can take with you to work and have for lunch or breakfast.
The lunch option usually contains a carb (noodles or rice), a protein source, and vegetables or fresh fruits.
However, as bento boxes became popular all over the world, people started making their own less-traditional versions, as the bento box is the most convenient way to get a delicious and nutritious meal when you’re working and need breakfast or lunch. As I mentioned above, it’s great for bringing with you to work or even for working from home.
They can also work great for meal prep!
General Breakfast Box Meal Prep Tips
Here are some general meal prep tips for breakfast time!
Are you actually hungry? If you’re not hungry, I would NOT force yourself to eat. Listen to your body’s hunger & fullness cues.
Assemble the meals as close to when you’re going to eat as possible. This way, your food will stay fresh. So for example, if, in the pictures below, all of the fresh fruit is cut-up, it’s actually best to cut the fresh fruit right before you eat it. I’ve just cut up the fruit ahead of time to make the picture pretty 🙂
Get some nice containers. These are my faves – but choose ones that you like the look of and help you get excited to meal prep.
If you’re going to meal prep your bento box, cut the fresh fruit right before eating it, and meal prep the rest of the dish.
Follow a certain way of eating? Here are some easy modifications.
Dairy free? Use or a dairy-free cheese or yogurt – there are so many options in the stores today, which is awesome!
Don’t have the specific fruit I’ve recommended? Just swap it out for one you have.
Gluten free? Just use a gluten-free equivalent, like gluten free bagels or bread.
Breakfast Meal Prep Recipes
OK! Here are 10 recipes – let me know which one you like best!
Bagel & PB Box with 1 Tbsp PB
1 bagel, mini, whole wheat
1 Tbsp peanut butter
1/2 cup strawberries, fresh
1/2 cup blueberries, fresh
No nuts? Use a seed butter