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Get Snack-Happy and Win!

It’s back to school season and that means it’s time to get creative with afterschool snacks and lunches, and time to stock up on dorm room nosh. In the spirit of keeping our readers healthy, snack-happy and on-budget this school year, we’re giving 10 lucky winners each a set of snack-packing essentials and a $25 gift card from The Container Store, plus a $100 Whole Foods Market gift card to help keep you stocked up this fall. Just tell us about your favorite healthy snack in the comments below by September 6th and your comment might be randomly selected as a winner. Check out these snack-packing essentials you’ll find at The Container Store:

Insulated Lunch Carrier

Keep your food chilled while you’re on the go.

lunchskins Sandwich Bag

Replace those plastic sandwich bags with these reusable ones made from quick-drying, lightweight cotton fabric. BPA-free!

Colorful Klip-It Lunch Cube

Ingeniously arranged dividers keep a sandwich, chips and fruit tastefully compact and compartmentalized.

Klipo Cutlery Set

Say "so long" to disposable cutlery! Set includes two handles with interchangeable utensils – choose from chopsticks, a knife, for or spoon.

PeopleTowels Reusable Napkin

This earth-friendly napkin was designed to be easy to use and portable. It's absorbent, lightweight and fast drying — without the waste.

EZ Freeze Ice Block

Put it in the freezer overnight then add it to a lunch tote in the morning to keep food and beverages cool for hours.

Tellfresh Lunch Kits

Grab your lunch and go with these convenient Lunch Kits. Each kit comes with a fork that fits into an integrated storage slot in the lid.

Once you have your essential containers, try filling them with some of our favorite snacks (click on the image for the recipe):

Tell us about your favorite healthy snack in the comment section below by September 6th for a chance to win.

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Lisa Chyette says …

Plain yogurt with fresh fruit or frozen fruit heated up if i'm out of fresh fruit with 2 tablespoons of granola

Angela says …

I asked my grandchildren what their favorite healthy snacks were....the 5 year old girl replied- Apples, oranges, plums and grapes! Her 7 year old brother replied "Broccoli"!

Danielle B. says …

Our favorite healthy snack is our "bananna splits". We take one whole bananna and slice it length wise. Next get one scoop of lowfat cottage cheese and put on top of the bananna. Top the cottage cheese with 1 tbsp of organic strawberry preserves and sprinkle with peanuts! The kids love it and don't even miss the real thing!

Julia says …

My favorite healthy snacks are: banana "soft-serve" made from frozen bananas with coconut milk, processed until smooth. And, I love popcorn topped with Nutritional Yeast and Old Bay Seasoning!

emily says …

We LOVE homemade frozen pops made from star molds we got from WF!

Brandie says …

I love a simple apple with peanut butter for a snack, breakfast, or lunch. What's even better is my almost 4 year old daughter loves it as much as I do!

Amy says …

I love to take half a ripe avocado, cut into little cubes and put it in a small mug or bowl. Then squeeze some lemon juice and sprinkle some salt and pepper and eat with a spoon. The citrus preserves the vivid green of the avocado so it's pretty the whole time I'm eating it too. Yum.

Teri Kelley says …

Our favorite snack? We like to layer organic vanilla or strawberry yogurt, granola, and fresh fruit.

Kim says …

I really like to make homemade smoothies for a snack. I will add fresh or frozen berries, pom or wild blueberry juice, almond milk or even Greek yogurt. I use honey/agave nectar for sweetness and I might add liquid fruit/veg concentrates or ground flax seeds. I also like whole wheat crackers with organic white cheddar cheese slices. Kettle popcorn and pretzels mix is good too.

Janice says …

Greek yogurt with whole grain nugget cereal and fresh or frozen Maine blueberries mixed in.

Catherine Mulhall says …

Beans ( black-eyed peas, black and garbonzo ) onion, and colored peppers...add some uncooked fresh corn OFF the cob, plain or tossed with a little vinager based dressing. Gobble with blue tortilla chips or add some to your salds or omletes! Delicious!

Sonya Lynch says …

My son likes carrots dipped in peanut butter. This is especially healthy and he thought of it himself.

Al Z says …

For me, a small handful of raw nuts/legumes (almonds, cashews, pistachios, etc.) seems to do the trick nicely. Not too often though as the fat calories can quickly add up, even with raw.

Julianne says …

My favorite snack is apple slices with all natural peanut butter.

Lily says …

I like all vegetable chips and toasted sea weed for snacks.

Carol K. says …

For my Snack-Happy break, in a container, I crunch up some graham crackers, add my favorite nuts, and cover it with something healthy and creamy like yogurt, cottage cheese, or a frozen treat. Then I add fresh fruit, fruit coctail or a rasberry preserve. (Whip cream, ginger, honey, and citrus are optional flavs that I love to add, too!) To complete it, I sprinkle with a hearty helping of cinnamon. I love making this snack because it looks like a piece of art and because I know the crunchy and smooth textures are sure to please. The cinnamon's aroma is oh so relaxing. "Wholesome and yummy!" :)

Beth says …

I love using whole wheat tortillas for all kinds of snacks in my son's lunchbox. Chilled quesadillas with cheese and leftover meats and veggies, rolled w/ nut butter or sun butter and fruit, layered with cream cheese and veggies, or rolled with sweetened cinnamon cream cheese and apples. Best if all, he loves these snacks too and can help me make them.

Tami says …

My favorite snack is rice cakes topped with peanutbutter and sliced bananas. YUM!

Thia says …

My favorites are celery with peanut butter and guacamole with red bell peppers. The chocolate earth balls is also really good.

Judy H says …

bruscetta- Mix diced tomatoes, chopped basil and garlic. Add olive oil and season with sea salt and pepper. Place on toasted italian bread with a bit of shredded mozzarella. It's hearty enough to last until dinner! Mmmmmm.

Tim Allen says …

My favorite healthy snack is cubes fresh pineapple, watermelon, and honeydew melon!

Melissa says …

Our favorite healthy snack is cut, raw vegetables with dip or cut, mixed fruit.

Karen P. says …

My children love fresh fruit chunks together -- such as apples, cantalopes, and strawberries

Shelby says …

When I was a kid (way before Smoothies became popular), my mom would put frozen peach chunks in the blender and make Peach Slushies. We were trendy way ahead of time!

Christa says …

Just found a local producer of BAKED APPLE hummus--yum!

dawnd says …

ladybugs and ants on a log. My girls loved this when they were little. natural peanut butter in a celery stick sprinkled with dried cranberries, raisins and golden raisins. YUM!

Antonia Rogers says …

My favorite snack is cucumbers with fresh squeezed lime juice. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and chili powder to taste.

Kimberly W. says …

Organic vanilla yogurt, sliced banana, lowfat strawberry granola. Satisfies my sweet tooth and my need for a crunch.

CPK says …

My favorite, healthy snack includes all natural peanut butter spread generously upon an organic banana! YUM!

Allison says …

My favorite after-school snack is two dates covered in almond butter. Yum!

K Shura says …

My son loves hummus and carrots wrapped in a pita! We also love to snack on Vanilla bean frozen yogurt with granola! We make a trail mix with pirates booty pretzels dark chocolate and raisins! Thanks for all your great ideas!

Brandi says …

I am a tortilla chips and salsa fiend! I especially like making my own simple salsa with tomatoes, fresh garlic, cilantro, onion, cumin, salt, and lime juice. Mmmm.

Jane says …

A slice of lightly toasted bread with PB and raspberry jelly

Teresa says …

My favorite healthy snack is granny smith apples with almond butter! Delicious and keeps me going strong!

Barbara says …

We like whole wheat toast topped with cream cheese and thinly sliced cucumbers - my kids go crazy for it!

Jim breed says …

These look tasty.

Lisa says …

Celery sticks and creamy peanut butter

Chris Rago says …

My favorite healthy snack is celery stuffed with peanut butter.

Julia says …

I get various nuts, dried fruits, granola, and chocolate dipped treats from the bulk bin aisle in my whole foods. When I get home I mix them all together for homemade trail mix. My current favorite is dried cherries, almonds, pumpkin seeds, ginger granola, and dark chocolate almonds. The combinations are endless and delicious!

Denise Gerski says …

Edamame lightly sprinkled with sea salt! YUM!

Sandi C. says …

Seedless grapes - they keep well; they are juicy and filling. keep it simple - easy prep.

Pam Gotcher says …

My favorite healthy snack is an old fashioned one: ants on a log. Except sometimes I use dried cranberries or blueberries instead of raisins. And I go back and forth between using cream cheese or peanut butter. These are always a favorite.

Roberta Keller says …

A slice of Whole Foods Seeduction Bread(my all time favorite)with a tablespoon of earth balance crunchy peanut butter or celery stuffed with earth balance crunchy peanut butter! yum!

Donna says …

My favorite snack is Larabars....any flavor!

Adele says …

I love having a healthy snack of walnuts. If I'm in a chocolate mood, I'll have Zone chocolate chip cookie dough bars.

Doreen says …

My favorite snacks are the Whole Foods Homemade Tortilla Chips with either guacamole or hummus.

Michelle Balvin says …

I love all fruit and nuts. When wanting to snack, I grab a banana, some watermellon or a hand full of dried fruit and nuts. Yummy :)

Rachael Martin says …

My favorite healthy snack is avocado on a sprouted wheat bagel.

Deniz says …

Anything with nut butters! LOVE apples and almond butter or carrots and peanut butter. My girls enjoy dipping their veggies into blue cheese salad dressing .

Tara Abrams says …

I need help! I feel that our healthy snacks are boring so I could really use this prize! With 2 small kids and being on the go all the time we go for things we can grab quickly as we head out the door. Pouches with squeezable fruit, freeze dried veggies such as green beans, string cheese, Clif KidZ Bars, and toss in a variety of Puffs and yogurt melts for the baby. Mom usually gets water and an energy bar or fruit.

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