We love bentos because the compartments help with portion control and naturally lead to a healthy variety of foods. Each lunch is a little puzzle, an elegant surprise. And they don't have to take long to prepare! Here are five make-ahead lunches we concocted to delight different types of eaters, from little kids to teenagers to cubicle-dwellers.
First, for the little kid who is easily distracted by human lunch buddies, the Buddy Bento Box offers fun, nutritious food to hold his interest.
She'd rather be at a sidewalk table at the new French bistro, but a looming deadline has the die-hard foodie eating at her desk. With this deconstructed salade niçoise in her Foodie Bento Box, a girl can daydream.