Bento boxes work especially well for children who don’t like different foods on their plate to “touch” or get mixed up. What to fill it with? That’s the fun part! You and your child can brainstorm different ideas that sound yummy and fit his or her needs, like the gluten-free pizza dippers pictured above.

–Susan Weiner, R.D., C.D.E., 2015 American Association of Diabetes Educators (A.A.D.E.) diabetes educator of the year and registered dietitian in private practice in New York.


Nutritional Information

Serves: 1

Serving Size: 1 bento box

  • Calories: 380
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Total Fat: 19g
  • Protein: 14g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 44g


  • 10 mini gluten-free cheese crackers
  • 1/4 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup apple chips (dehydrated apple slices)
  • 1/4 cup raisins with a few dark chocolate raisins mixed in

How To Make It

  1. Arrange ingredients in bento box and snap lid securely. Done!

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.