Protein Packed Bento Box


Serving Size:
1 bento box

    Diet Types:
  • Diabetes
  • Dialysis
  • Gluten-free
  • Higher Potassium


  • One 4.5 ounce can tuna, no salt added, packed in water
  • 1 small stalk celery
  • 2 tablespoons red onion
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 10 baby carrots
  • 1 mini cucumber
  • 1 apple
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs
  • 2 rice cakes


  1. Drain tuna from can, and place in small mixing bowl. Dice celery and red onion.
  2. Add mayonnaise, diced celery, diced onion, and spices to tuna bowl. Mix to combine.
  3. Slice and skin cucumbers into spears. Slice apple into thin slices. Use 5 slices of cucumber from a medium cucumber for each box, if you are unable to find mini cucumbers.
  4. Use two bento boxes. Put half he tuna mix, half of the carrots and half the cucumber to the boxes. Slice eggs in half and add 1 egg and 1 rice cake to each box.

Helpful hints

  • To make perfect hard-boiled eggs: add eggs to pan, and cover with water. Let water boil for 5 minutes, turn water off and leave egg in water for 10 minutes. Rinse in cool water, and peel immediately.
  • Instead of rice cakes, you may also use multi-grain crackers or corn thins. Stick to the serving on the box and look for lower sodium varieties.
  • This bento lunch box is a full meal. The potassium is higher than a normal entree, but it is considered a full meal and acceptable for a kidney friendly diet. Most of the potassium comes from fresh, natural foods.

Nutrients per serving

Calories 306

Protein 22 g

Carbohydrates 27 g

Fat 13 g

Cholesterol 212 mg

Sodium 213 mg

Potassium 568 mg

Phosphorus 288 mg

Calcium 80 mg

Fiber 4.6 g

Added Sugar 0 g

Kidney and kidney diabetic food choices

  • 2-1/2 protein
  • 1 vegetable, medium potassium
  • 1/2 fruit, low potassium

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