40 great ideas for your Yumbox

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Being organised is something that I love. It helps me feel in control, allows our family life to run smoothly and it even helps us make healthier decisions. Meal planning keeps us away from the too regular takeaways and I like to spend time each evening thinking about our meals for the following day. For the last month or so I have been giving my daughter a Yumbox, most days, for lunch. I like to fill it with a wide variety of foods and today I want to share 40 great ideas for your Yumbox! Skip straight to the end if you’d like to download my free printable! 

40 great ideas for your Yumbox

Being able to give my daughter a variety of foods is really important to me. Daisy has FPIES, which means she has allergies to dairy, wheat, soya, chicken and coconut. This can mean that foods are a little restrictive for us. By filling up her Yumbox most days I know she has lots of choice and is happy. I try to find a good balance each day between sweet treats and healthier food. I struggle a little more than most, with the various foods that Daisy can’t have. Making up a Yumbox has helped me to feel back in control of mealtimes and also use up leftovers too.

What is a Yumbox?

A Yumbox is a fantastic leakproof Bento lunchbox. We have two types, the Panino which has 4 slots and the Classic which has 6 slots. The Classic is more suited to children, as it offers more variety. The Panino is perfect for children and adults. We’ve got two Panino Yumboxes and one Classic. This means we can pack lots of treats for family picnics and have a great variety.

Why do I love the Yumbox?

I have been converted. The first one I bought, the Classic, was £25. I was a little worried that it was too expensive, for a lunchbox, but it’s fantastic. It doesn’t leak and the variety has been fantastic for Daisy. Having lots of different food to choose from means that Daisy is eating a healthier variety of foods.

I ordered the two Yumboxes pictured above from Eat WellI received one free and one discounted in exchange for this feature. Previously I had ordered another Yumbox from Amazon and paid for it myself. I’m loving our Yumboxes and packing Daisy a special lunch several days a week.

I love that the Yumbox has a single lid, that is attached. There is a tray, which can be removed for cleaning, and it is very simple to put back in place. It fits snugly and I don’t have to worry about it falling out when Daisy is eating her lunch out of the box. For me, it is great to be able to cut back on cling film and I love that Daisy can open the latch by herself. So far, more than a month in, she hasn’t got bored of opening the lid to see what is contained inside. Also, if she sees me making her lunch up the night before she starts bouncing around and getting excited to eat her lunch!

40 great ideas for your Yumbox

Fruits (Make sure to slice grapes, cherry tomatoes etc for little ones)


Hard-boiled eggs





Brioche Roll


Mini pancakes


Banana bread

Malt loaf

Sausage Roll

Cocktail sausages

Pinwheels (Why not make my dairy-free pinwheels)

Dried cereal (Cheerios or similar)

Mini pizza


Cheese (Babybel, Cheese string or cubes of cheese)

Ham slices



Meat or vegetable kebab






Tortilla chips (homemade tortillas)


Rice cakes




Wasabi Peas



Cereal Bar

Fruit roll-up

So there you have it – 40 great ideas for your Yumbox!

Click below to download my free printable

40 great ideas for your Yumbox - free printable

Daisy is a big fan of her Yumbox. Personally, I know the price is quite pricey for a lunchbox but the quality really speaks for itself. The clasp works perfectly every time and it is leakproof too – which is fantastic. Being able to offer a wide variety of different food groups in one lunch is fantastic. I love that I can use up lots of tiny bits of leftovers too.

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18 Responses

  1. Nicky September 18, 2018 / 8:43 am

    Great ideas. I will look into purchasing a Yumbox when my next child goes to school.

    • katykicker September 20, 2018 / 11:42 am

      They are absolutely fantastic x

  2. Helen September 18, 2018 / 10:12 am

    Oo this will be perfect to refer back to when my eldest daughter starts school. She loves ‘picnics’, so this yumbox looks like a really good option 🙂

    • katykicker September 20, 2018 / 11:42 am

      It’s great! My little girl is always desperate for lunchtime now! x

  3. Talya September 18, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    This is such a great idea especially for younger kids around the toddler age who tend to be so picky and so better grazing on lots of little bits and bobs. Love your ideas and how cute are those little sandwich people??! x

    • katykicker September 20, 2018 / 11:42 am

      Thanks so much Talya! Hope you’re well x

  4. Anosa September 18, 2018 / 4:09 pm

    All great ideas, I am actually making hard boiled eggs are they are my go-to snacks these days.

    • katykicker September 20, 2018 / 11:43 am

      They are so easy aren’t they! x

  5. Cath - BattleMum September 18, 2018 / 4:32 pm

    I bought my son a Yumbox before we left the UK last year but completely forgot about it until this summer. He has loved getting his lunch in it and as you said, great for giving variety to kids too.

    • katykicker September 20, 2018 / 11:43 am

      It’s great for little ones isn’t it! x

  6. Jenni September 18, 2018 / 6:08 pm

    I’ve been seeing these Yum Boxes all over Instagram and soooo want to get some! But right now we have so many tupper boxes and lunch boxes I can’t really justify getting any more 🙁

    • katykicker September 20, 2018 / 11:43 am

      I started doing more batch cooking, to use those up, so I could justify the yumbox! x

  7. Helen at Casa Costello September 19, 2018 / 4:17 pm

    This is such a good list – We love our Yumbox but I wish they would bring out a slightly larger one for my teen and tween. I’ve never been brave enough to include Jelly in mine yet!

    • katykicker September 20, 2018 / 11:44 am

      We’ve got the ones with just 5 compartments. They seem to hold the same amount of food though, so I suppose that is the problem! x

  8. Annette, 3 Little Buttons September 19, 2018 / 7:08 pm

    I may be the only person who has not heard of yumboxes before! It looks fab and especially loving the different compartments. Great for children as you have said, and also fussy adults (aherm) who like to keep things separate 😊

    • katykicker September 20, 2018 / 11:45 am

      It’s fantastic. Haha I’m a fussy adult too so I feel this completely! x

  9. Wendy September 24, 2018 / 12:19 pm

    Thank you for this post!! I’ve really been struggling with what to put in my sons lunch box and there are so great ideas where!xx

    • katykicker September 30, 2018 / 10:28 pm

      Oh you’re so welcome Wendy! x

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