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Stars and Stripes Lunchbox Bento

My boys absolutely love when I make a fun themed lunchbox. Having four little ones to feed, it tends to work out pretty well to serve everyone up a lunchbox style meal during the summer months. It simplifies the complaints and gets everyone a well rounded meal that they’re excited to eat. Summer always makes me think patriotic, so this time we made a Stars and Stripes Lunchbox!

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Stars and Stripes Lunchbox

You’ll Need:

  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Rice Krispies
  • Sugar Free gelatin
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Pasta Salad of choice
  • Cheddar cheese, cut into stars
  • Mott’s® for Tots Fruit Punch

This lunchbox takes a half an hour or so to set, so do a bit of prep work before lunch is ready or in the morning, and then seal up your lunchbox for an easy lunch. This meal is also perfect to take to on a picnic or on the go!

Start by preparing your favorite pasta salad recipe. We used a simple recipe with veggies and Parmesan cheese. Most pasta salads will recommend you chill the salad before serving. To save of the chill time, rinse the noodles in cold water until there is no longer steam coming off the noodles and that will dramatically lower your chill time needed. Dish up your pasta salad into your individual lunchbox containers.

Fill your smallest lunchbox container with a mix of blueberries, raspberries, and Rice Krispies to represent the red, white and blue. The kids will think the cereal added in is fun!

Finally, prepare sugar free gelatin using the quick prep method. When the gelatin has had 10-15 minutes to set, pour the gelatin into the individual lunchbox and add mandarin oranges to form stripes like a flag.

Return the lunchbox to the fridge to continue to cool and set until you are ready to serve.

When ready to serve, add a Mott’s® for Tots Fruit Punch juice box. Kids absolutely love to drink from a juice box and the fruit punch flavor goes right with the patriotic theme with red, white and blue packaging!

Mott’s® for Tots has young children in mind with a flavorful juice with 40% less sugar than 100% apple juice. Mott’s® has a promise to “nurture the potential in every kid every day.” To me, that says they care about my child’s health and well being, just like I do. My boys drink a lot of water, but they get tired of only water so having a juice that isn’t full of sugar lets us both be happy.

Mott’s® for Tots also contains essential vitamins A, C, & E to give kids those important nutrients they need. You can find Mott’s® for Tots in Tetra packaging sold in an 8-pack or in a 64oz family sized bottle.

How do you plan healthy lunches for kids during summer break?

Mott’s Fruit Punch Rush and Wild Grape Surge have 15g sugar and the market average of 100% fruit juices and blends have 25g sugar.