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4 Easy Protein Packed Bento Boxes

These four easy, protein-packed bento boxes are perfect for a quick lunch or post workout snack on-the-go. Made with wholesome ingredients like Just BARE Chicken, fresh fruits, veggies and grains! PLUS a bonus post-workout dinner for your busy week.  

Happy Thursday, everyone! I just got back from Maine where I soaked up every ounce of beautiful weather, lobstahhhh and blueberry farms galore. I was there on a press trip discovering all things blueberries, which include blueberry picking on actual blueberry farms. Have you ever been to Maine?! If not, start planning a trip because it’s incredible there.

But today we’re not talking blueberries, we’re all about chicken! I’m not sure if you guys remember but a few months ago I flew out to Minnesota to film videos for Just BARE Chicken and their Living Lean & Clean Campaign — a series of videos talking about clean protein, shopping organic and more. (In case you missed the first two videos, you can check them out here.)

four bento box lunches graphic

Today’s Living Lean & Clean Campaign videos feature me chatting about quick and easy meals (one pan dinners FTW!) and also bento boxes aka one of the BEST ways to prep your lunch. Seriously though, who wouldn’t want to eat out of an adorable little box made for adults and kids alike? And since we’re chatting bento boxes, I should let you know that they just so happen to be the perfect vehicle for your post workout snack.

Four ounces of cooked chicken breast provides you with around 20g protein, a great way to refuel after a booty kicking session at the gym, and rebuild muscles. It’s also perfect to keep in your fridge for a post workout snack OR as a meal.

Here’s the ratio I like to stick to when I put together my bento boxes:

Chicken + Grain + Fruit + Veggie + Fat

4 BENTO BOX POST WORKOUT NOMS:

  1. CHICKEN + TORTILLA CHIPS + SALSA + AVOCADO

tortilla chips, avocado, chicken, and salsa in a bento box

  1. CHICKEN + WHOLE WHEAT WRAP + BELL PEPPERS + PEANUT SAUCE + SPINACH + APPLE SLICES

chicken wrap, peppers, apple slices, and peanut butter in a bento box

  1. CHICKEN + WHOLE WHEAT BREAD + AVOCADO + TOMATO + MIXED BERRIES

chicken sandwich, pepper slices, grape tomatoes, and blueberries in a bento box

  1. CHICKEN + WHOLE WHEAT TORTILLA + HUMMUS + PEPPERS + BASIL + CHERRIES/GRAPES + ALMONDS + BELL PEPPERS

chicken wrap, pepper slices, grapes, and almonds in a bento box

BONUS POST WORKOUT MEAL

Not only do I love using Just BARE Chicken for my go-to bento box snacks, but also for my sheet pan dinners. Their chicken tenders and skinless chicken thighs stay super juicy and hold amazing flavor. Try any of my chicken marinades here.

Sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts are perfect for throwing on the pan with your chicken. I sometimes get a lil’ fancy and toss everything in turmeric (everyone’s favorite) because it has wonderful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which is perfect after a workout. The beauty of sheet pan dinners is that they’re totally customizable! Just be sure to take into account cooking times of each things you’re adding onto the pan. Click HERE to get the recipe for the easy sheet pan dinner in the video!

Fire up that grill and get your meal-prep on! These are perfect for the whole family. And for more tips and ideas for Living Lean & Clean head to www.justbarechicken.com.

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