Adult bento lunch box ideas for work, for a man, or your big kids

by on December 28, 2012 · 15 comments                       

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adult packed meal ideas from EasyLunchboxes

I get asked all the time if my EasyLunchboxes work for adult lunches. The answer?

EasyLunchboxes work great for adults

Grown-ups pack meals too, and my containers hold the amount that Goldilocks preferred: JUST RIGHT. Whether you’re an always-hungry teenage boy, a grown man, or a dieter on a portion-controlled eating plan, depending on how and what you pack, EasyLunchboxes have got you covered.

This post was prompted by two fans who separately posted these questions on our Facebook wall:

RENE - “Does anyone use these for their work lunches? I am currently on Weight Watchers so this looks like a great way to portion control and pre-pack, but I’m wondering if it’s not big enough for an adult and more geared toward kids?”

THERESA“Do you use these for your hubby? I have teen boys and they are ummm, hungrier than the box :)”

Here are some of the comments we got back on Facebook

(Click on the links and pics below for more about each of the lunches shown)

From Shannon of BentoLunch.net - “I use them for my husband :) They hold enough to feed a hungry soldier.”

Husband Lunch

Cristi of Bent on Better Lunches writes: “I pack lunches for my Sailor.” 

Lunch for the Man I'm Nuts About

Erin of Feeling a Little Lunchy had this to share: “My husband uses them all the time…and he’s 6’2 and 280 lbs. it’s plenty big!”

And a reply from AN ACTUAL MAN! :) Keith of Oh!BentoUK told us: “I only make packed lunches for me or my partner on the account of having no children ;) But these boxes are the perfect sizes for adults. I pack them full of rice and veggies and they’re more than filling.”
Like this one:

2 manly lunches

Lise of Veggie-Bento shared her weight-loss success/lunch packing tips: “I lost 60 lbs. doing Weight Watchers. It’s a great program! Yes, the ELB is a good size for bringing salads. My favorite is to toss chopped tomatoes, a little onion and a bit of low fat shredded cheddar and put that in a layer in the largest section, then fill it the rest of the way with lettuce. Then I have some fat free re-fried beans thinned with salsa in the medium sized and a hard boiled egg in the smallest. I put a little cling film over the beans section to prevent leakage. At lunch, I take out the egg and lay a plate over the top and turn it over, dumping the salad onto the plate. Then I take the cling film off the beans and stick it in the microwave to warm it, then mix it into the salad. For a little crunch, I also bring a baked corn tortilla. Yummy, filling, and very low point!”

►(Patrizzia of  iCreate wrote a whole post about Weight Watchers lunches packed in EasyLunchboxes).

Astrid of Lunches fit for a Kid said, “I don’t use them for Weight Watchers, but they are perfect for adult lunches and portion control!” Here’s one of her own lunches:

Mom and Dad Lunches
Kendra of Biting the Hand That Feeds You wrote this: “If you use sandwich thins or tortilla roll-ups, you can fit the equivalent of two sandwiches in the large compartment (or if they’re not too packed with thick fillings like cheese and tomatoes and such, you can fit two regular sandwiches with just a bit of smushing.) I pack salads or bagels for myself, plus sides based on how hungry I think I’ll be. Sometimes I pack a separate snack of veggies and hummus or a whole fruit, which I can eat with lunch or munch on later. Some days I pack myself TWO Easylunchboxes! They both fit easily in the cooler bag with an ice pack. When I do that there’s usually a sandwich in one and salad in the other, plus assorted sides, but sometimes I pack a veggie and dips box with hummus and guacamole and pita bread or chips and cut veggies for dipping. Great for sharing!… And yes – GREAT for portion control. Instead of just grabbing the whole bag of chips or cookies or whatever, I can only include a few. I put silicone muffin cups in there to make my “treats” portion sizes even smaller, while making them still look “full.” Plus they add a splash of color, which makes meals look more appetizing. (Studies with kids show that they think the same exact foods are “tastier” when presented with a variety of colors.)” An example of one of Kendra’s eye-appealing lunches:

so pretty, mama didn't want to eat it

Even more adult-size packed lunches…

From Marie of Healthy Eating Starts at Home:

chicken taco meal in an EasyLunchbox

From Marla of Family Fresh Cooking:

Chicken Vegetable Sizzle Rice Recipe

Mom Becka of Just a Bunch of Momsense packed lunches for herself and 2 hungry teenagers for this day on the river:

float trip with EasyLunchboxes

Leftovers make the best lunches! Here’s a very hearty meal from Corey of Family Fresh Meals:

Crockpot Leftovers for Lunch

Roxanne of The Roxx Boxx is always cooking up something amazing for lunch. Here’s just one example:

Sugar glazed chicken meatballs

Still hungry? Even more great big-people ideas…

Packed lunch ideas for men from EasyLunchboxes.com

So, YEP! If you’re an adult, you can pack a hearty meal with my EasyLunchboxes.

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{ 11 comments }

1 Keith Stratton December 29, 2012 at 2:03 am

Such a great post! I love all of the varied meals and it proves one thing, your boxes are amazing!

2 Kelly Lester December 29, 2012 at 8:57 am

Thank you Keith!! :) Especially for the real man input :)

3 Roxanne December 29, 2012 at 5:57 pm

You’re AWESOME…And I’m better for knowing you!!!!!

4 Kelly Lester December 29, 2012 at 7:57 pm

:) And you make the most AWESOME lunches Roxanne! SO many different dishes you create! And I love how you always include so many pics with your recipes too.

5 Terri S. Vanech May 8, 2013 at 3:51 am

Love this!

6 Sheri August 6, 2013 at 4:13 am

Thanks for the great ideas! My husband and 3 teenage sons are all planning to take their lunches to work and school this year to cut costs and eat healthier. We have a couple of obstacles however…. 1) There is not a microwave is available at school and my boys dislike eating cold leftovers. 2) My husband has a microwave at work but does not feel comfortable microwaving food in plastic containers. Any ideas are appreciated. Thanks!

7 Kelly Lester August 6, 2013 at 7:41 am

Hi Sheri – Most kids don’t have access to microwaves and certain foods are indeed best eaten heated. But many are delicious cold or at room temp. I think that will take a bit of experimenting. As for no plastic in a microwave? That is a personal choice so your husband may prefer to use glass containers for his food, or spoon it onto a plate. MORE HERE:
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8 sheri August 6, 2013 at 8:13 am

Kelly, thanks for such a quick response! I appreciate your input and am learning a lot by reading your posts.

9 Kelly Lester August 6, 2013 at 8:16 am

You’re welcome Sheri! If you haven’t already, click the “Product Info” tab at the top for some of the most helpful posts about using my ELBs :)

10 Siobhan December 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Do you have any more suggestions for a husband who is a very picky eater?

11 Kelly Lester December 17, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Hi Siobhan – I’m lucky to have a husband who enjoys most meals but I looked around for a couple of helpful articles for you and came across this one. I think a big part of it, as the article says, is that knowing what foods are good for you and how they can help you (or hurt you) can encourage a picky eater to make more of an effort to enjoy the more nutritious choices. Here’s a whole discussion on the subject and some additional ideas.

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