Have you ever shelled out $10 for a coffee and protein egg & cheese box at Starbucks? I have! And while it’s a perfectly viable option on the go, like most things, I’d rather make it at home.
Enter: the egg breakfast bento box.
Storing bento box meals:
You don’t NEED bento containers (containers with dividers) but if you wanted to grab some, here are good options.
- Lunchbots 4-compartment stainless steel container (pictured below)
- Kinsho 6-compartment plastic containers (set of 2)
- Simple Houseware 3-compartment plastic containers (set of 6)
- Yumbox plastic 6-compartment plastic container (love these)
Again, you don’t need that type of container, but they’re fun and good for anyone that prefers to keep different foods separate.
The main benefit of bento box meals is variety! Basically, you add in a bunch of elements you enjoy, keeping in line with the protein/veggie/carb template, and you have a satisfying meal that’s a nice break from oats and stuff.
Build Your Own Breakfast Bento Box
You’re not limited to the recipe below! Here are some ideas to get creative, change it up and add more volume.
1. Pick a protein-type element
- Egg muffins (included in the recipe below)
- Hardboiled eggs
- Cheese stick
- Protein baked oatmeal muffin
- Veggie hummus wrap
- Peanut butter wrap
- Canned tuna/tuna salad
- Egg salad
- A good ol’ scoop of nut butter for dipping/spreading
- Or a scoop of hummus for dipping/spreading
- Egg quesadilla
- Nut butter quesadilla
2. Pick 2-3 fruits and veggies
- orange slices
- grapefruit pieces
- mango slices
- pineapple slices
- peach slices
- sliced bell pepper
- cherry tomatoes
- red onion
3. Pick some carbs
- Pita bread
- crackers (I love Wasa bread!)
- mini bagel
- dry cereal
4. Pick some healthy fats…
- cheese cubes/slices (cheddar would be awesome)
- nuts/seeds (almonds, cashews, peanuts, pistachios, walnuts etc)
5. …And/Or some fun foods
- mini pancakes or mini waffles
- chocolate chips/squares
- pb & jelly mini sandwiches
Storage & reheating notes:
This meal lasts in the fridge for up to 4 days. It can be eaten cold! If you want to reheat egg muffins, take them out of the container (separate them from the fruit and other bento box elements) and reheat in the microwave, on the stove, in the oven or in the toaster oven. This meal is not freezer friendly, but egg muffins are on their own if you want to make extra!