We’ve all seen them before: the perfectly proportioned boxes sitting in the cooler section the second you enter any given Starbucks on any given day. The idea behind them is great—you get your carbs, your healthy fats, fruit and your proteins all in one convenient box. But getting these bistro boxes can add up, and there’s nothing worse than breaking the bank on something you can easily create yourself.
What does it take to make your own bistro box? To much surprise, it’s a lot more simple than you may think!
All you need is a combination of complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, fruits and lean protein. Now that you have that down, it’s a simple trip to the store and you’ll be on your way to the land of bistro box heaven.
This can be anything from nuts, or thin slices of deli meat. The meat from the butcher counter at the deli is a better buy than the pre-packaged kind.
Why, you may ask? Well, companies add sugar to these pre-packaged meats in order to preserve their freshness. Freshness is great, but not in the name of health and potential inflammation.
This would be the nut portion of your bento box. Here’s where it’s absolutely crucial for you to remember that peanuts are not nuts! That’s right—these savory and salty treats are actually legumes, or a pod-like structure that’s outside is surrounded by a harder shell, with the goods on the inside.
Stick with your classics such as almonds, pecans or walnuts for your healthy fat intake in your made-from-scratch (well, basically) bistro box.
Took a hint from @starbucks and prepped my own bistro boxes today. This is a combo of their protein and pb&j bistro boxes, which are ??. Here I included carrots and cucumber slices with @chobani Greek yogurt + ranch dip, colby jack cheese slices and @marysgonecrackers, and grapes… just waiting on a hard boiled egg and boom! Done. — What are you prepping today to fuel yourself during the week? — #mealprep #sundayfoodprep #prepare #planahead #healthysnacks #starbucks #bistroboxes #yum #inspiringchange #dowhatyoulove #lovewhatyoudo
Healthy carbs are those of the complex variety, meaning they take longer to digest and fill you up faster than a simple carb, such as white bread and things of the sorts.
Stick to multi- or whole-grain crackers. If whole grains aren’t your cup of tea just yet, substitute them for something substantial such as pita chips which, by the way, come in multi and whole grain varieties. The carbohydrate gods have your back on this one.
Fruits are essential in your own bistro boxes due to the fact that they’re (arguably) the most fun part of the whole shebang. The colors, the variety, the juices—oh my!
Here’s where you can have a little fun and let your creative side and taste buds take over. What’s better than a bistro box solely dedicated to what you love in life?
OK, you’re probably wondering where the cheese is on this list. If so, fret not, young grasshopper. We’re well aware of cheeses’ existence in bistro boxes, and you absolutely can add whatever cheese your heart and tummy are calling for to your box. Remember that cheese, in large proportions, isn’t the best for you, and should be kept in moderation.
Alternatively, you can add veggies such as raw broccoli, carrots or snap peas to your box for a nutritional game changer. With all the options at your fingertips and these simple guidelines, you’ll be on your way to being a bistro box pro in no time.