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Valentine’s Day Emoji Bento Box

Valentine’s Day deserves an extra-special lunch! This sweet sandwich spin featuring fresh strawberries will have your child gobbling up lunch in no time.

Plus, it only takes a few seconds to turn a regular sandwich into this heart-eyed emoji. Don’t forget to add a special touch with a valentine to your little one.

Nutrition Tip: The carbohydrate content of strawberries consists mainly of fibers and simple sugars, making them a fruit that does not cause big spikes in blood sugar levels.

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Valentine’s Day Emoji Bento Box

Valentine’s Day Emoji Bento Box

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 whole wheat sandwich round
  • 1 tablespoon (plus 1 tsp.) lowfat cream cheese, divided
  • 3-4 large strawberries, sliced
  • 1 piece black construction paper, cut into crescent for the mouth
  • 3 cherry tomatoes
  • 2-3 red mini sweet peppers
  • 1 tablespoon lowfat Ranch


  1. Lightly toast sandwich rounds.
  2. Spread 1 Tbsp. cream cheese on each round and top with sliced strawberries. Reserve 2 strawberry sliced to create the eyes.
  3. Cut 2 strawberry slices into hearts for the eyes using a small cookie cutter or knife. Spread cream cheese on one side of each strawberry slice and place on sandwich to create eyes. Add paper mouth.
  4. Cut cherry tomatoes in half widthwise at an angle. Turn one half and skewer together on toothpick to create a heart.
  5. Serve with sweet peppers and Ranch.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 207Total Fat: 7gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 7gSugar: 9gProtein: 7g

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Amber Gray

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Amber Gray

Amber is the new mom to a baby girl and navigating the world of diapers, first foods and very little sleep. She has been a part of the Produce for Kids team for 9 years, overseeing all digital marketing efforts including digital partnerships, content strategy, social media, website and email marketing. A passion for healthy cooking was instilled in her at a young age, cooking alongside her mom and sister in the kitchen. Her passion for cooking, food and photography has also brought her behind the lens to develop and photograph recipes for Produce for Kids and partners.

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