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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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Kristen T. says …

smoothies!

Teresa E. says …

peanut butter and bananas!

Shelly says …

Have an apple a day! When I was a child, I thought if I ate an apple, my dad wouldn't come home. He was a doctor! (just kidding)

Julie L. says …

I love salsa that I canned from the veggies from my organically grown garden with some wonderful blue corn chips! Either that or yogurt with granola is also very good.

Alicia says …

My favorite after-school snack was whole wheat English muffins topped with a slice of Cheddar, sliced apples and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Put it under the broiler to melt the cheese. It's filling, wholesome and really tasty. My favorite travel snack are home-made fruit roll ups. Puree whatever fruit is in-season with apples and bananas and dehydrate the mixture (heating and/or lemon juice may be required for some fruits). It's ready to grab on the go and just fruit, so it's healthier than the sugared, died and preservative laden varieties.

Ronnie says …

Organic raisins, mixed nuts and greek yogurt

Gloria McDaniel says …

Any of the Garden of Life Living Food bars. Any of these bars are extremely nutritious and filling. No extra artificial anything!--only great organic whole foods!!! LOVE THEM!

sacha says …

my children & i often gather around an afternoon bowl of raw almonds, and depending on what kind of day we're having, that will determine the "mix-in" ~ dried cranberries or dried apple slices, other nuts/seeds, or if we're feeling particularly decadent (and it's been a while) chocolate chunks!!

Carolee says …

Zucchini & Celery Sticks topped with Almond Butter then sprinkled with Stevia Extract or Agave Nectar drizzle

Dorothy Koskiniemi says …

An Organic Apple with a handful of natural roasted almonds.

Laila says …

My 3 monkeys just love peanut or almond butter and banana sandwich. Absolutely their favorite !

Maile says …

Berries! We go through so many in our house in the summer time.

megan says …

my kids love celery stuffed with almond butter and a sprinkling of craisins and/or sunflower seeds!

Bekah says …

Cereal. It's easy, inexpensive, and healthy!

Susan Oblender says …

One of my favorite dessert snacks is one I came up with when my cupboards were empty but I needed something sweet. Take a piece of whole wheat bread (the crust is good too), cover with natural peanut butter, sprinkle with coconut/crushed nuts/dried fruit and drizzle chocolate syrup over it. As long as you don't go wild with the chocolate syrup, it's got the protein and complex carb to keep the blood sugar from spiking.

Vanessa says …

Fresh graspes right out of the refrigerator. Both healthy and tasty!!! :)

Rachel & Kids says …

My kids & I LOVE these glutin-free snacks we found on line. Almond Energy Balls, from (Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen) Super quick to make! Just almonds (raw if you have them), spices, almond butter, raisins & coconut for rolling. They pack in lunches well, (or in mom's purse) & are really great for kids who digest quickly/are hungry at the drop of a hat Glutin-free taste great can be made raw! They are way yummy & healthy.

LP says …

Toast spread with avocado, topped with lemon juice and a little cumin, and sometimes slices of red bell pepper. Yum!

Carolyn Dimond says …

My favorite snack is homemade tortilla chips served with healthy hummus or salsa. To make the chips you brush whole wheat tortillas with a very small amount of olive oil, sprinkle with salt or seasoning. Then cut into wedges and bake till crunchy. Serve immediately with your favorite healthy side. Cool extras and place in an air tight container.

Susan says …

Larabars are a great snack bar. No artificial ingredients, gluten-free, and very filling.

Ben G says …

I love cutting up fresh granny smith apples into vanilla yoghurt. The vanilla greek yoghurt from Cabot is especially delicious for this. It's an unusual combo, but the apple chunks taste so delicious mixed with the yoghurt. Very refreshing and nutritious.

Jenelle Bulsza says …

We love celery and peanut butter! Cheese and crackers are always a hit! And you can't go wrong with some delicious Greek yogurt and granola!

alyssa c. says …

Homemade guacamole, with cilantro, spices, and mango and baked pita chips. Add an apple with natural peanut butter -- yum!

Vera says …

Raw pecans and raisins. Organic Turkish apricots from Whole Foods.

Carol says …

Well this might have already been mentioned with all the ideas. My favorite healthy snack is to make my own trail mix with organic nuts and seeds: Roasted, salted sunflower seeds, whole almonds, a handful of pepitas, and the fat, juicy raisins. Simple, delicious, and easy to pack.

Kathy Owen says …

love tortillas spread with a little low-fat refried beans and sprinkled with any shredded cheese and then put in the oven to toast lightly and melt the cheese or in the microwave. filling and gives you a combo of protein, carbs and dairy..

Casandra Coin says …

I am a big fan of simply nibbling on raw almonds or walnuts. If I want something a bit more substantial, then I will treat myself to some homemade organic hummus or baba, or I will have some celery with almond butter. If you are craving cheese, but don't want all of the fat and calories, then WF sells a wonderful hot pepper almond cheese.

cheryl says …

I love hummus with Red Peppers

Nora Z. says …

A favorite snack of mine is: a couple of scoops of the greek gods honey yogurt, mix a few sprinkles of 365 sliced almonds and top off with a handful of fresh raspberries. Simply the Best!

Kristin says …

I like to dip carrot sticks and bell pepper strips in Fat Free Italian dressing. And I found out yesterday that Wishbone has no high fructose corn syrup in their Italian dressing, so I switched brands!

ainsley says …

I love peanut butter, oatmeal, coconut flakes and agave nector all rolled up into tasty little balls

Brittany says …

Carrot sticks dipped in hummus

Rebecca Wheeler says …

I chop up strawberries, watermelon, and throw in some blueberries and blackberries for fruit salad. It's hydrating and gives me a little pep without spoiling my next meal.

Maggie says …

I LOVE yumbutter peanut butter (local to Madison, WI) with celery sticks.

Elaine Bogen says …

Cucumber thinly sliced, dipped in Goddess salad dressing.

Taylor says …

Dice up an apple and the throw about 10 red hot candies in with them. Microwave for fifteen seconds and enjoy a much healthier version of an apple pie! Fruit that will take care of your sweet tooth craving!

Krista says …

LOVE homemade granola! I take it everywhere! also a cheese stick :)

Brian Lee says …

fresh organic fruit like peach slices and blueberries!

sandy says …

A favorite dorm snack was yogurt covered pretzels, but now I am really liking the Essential Woman snack mix from bulk-- chocolate, goji berries, asst. nuts. It keeps me happy.

Dee says …

I love to snack on fresh vegetables with edamame hummus.

Orleana plytas says …

For school lunches I like to send a little surprise like coring an apple and stuffing it with some fresh ground honey peanut butter in the center! It is so yummy and my son does not have a container to worry about or the apple core! Yum!

Justin hicks says …

I enjoy mixing my own trail mix from the WFM bulk bins and keeping it in a container at work to snack on with my vitamin water to keep me refreshed!

Lorelei Cress says …

I make a spread using cannellini beans, tomato basil cream cheese, grated parmesan, salt and pepper, mash them all together until creamy (a food processor would be easier!), spread it thinly on a whole wheat tortilla, roll it up tightly and cut it into one inch pinwheels. I also do a version with black beans, garden vegetable cream cheese and salsa. If I'm feeling naughty, I put a slice or two of avocado in the center. Delicious and healthy! Another yummy idea - spread peanut butter thinly on a whole wheat tortilla, then roll it around a whole banana and cut it into slices. Kids love it!

Julie says …

Definitely Greek yogurt with homemade jam. Filling, sweet, and healthy!

Elizabeth says …

Hummus, pita and carrot sticks- easy, yummy and healthy!

Ashton says …

Lemon hummus & wheat pitas or quinoa, feta cheese, tomatoes, olives, oregano, lemon juice & olive oil

emily gordon says …

local produce!

Jenn B says …

peanut butter on banana!

Karen says …

Dried seasoned seaweed (laver). My 6 year old loves it too, and brings it for her school snack. Tastier and healthier than chips!

Dragan Djogovich says …

my favorite snack is banana

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