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Packing Healthy Lunches with The Container Store

CONGRATULATIONS TO ANN, WHOSE COMMENT #435 WAS CHOSEN AT RANDOM TO WIN! THANKS FOR ALL YOUR GREAT COMMENTS! Once you have spent the time, energy and love creating a healthy, nutritious and delicious lunch for your kids, it makes sense that you would want the perfect container to pack it in.  Whole Foods Market and The Container Store have teamed up to create this video that gives you great healthy lunch ideas and tips for choosing the perfect containers to pack them in. Lunch is no longer just a sandwich and chips, kids love a variety of different finger foods and finding the perfect containers for these items can make a difference in the lunch getting eaten or not. We hope you enjoy this video as much as we enjoyed making it with The Container Store. For more information about the products featured in this video or to see their full selection, please go to containerstore.com. Leave a comment with your ideas for fun and nutritious lunches by August 24th for a chance to win a $100 gift card from The Container Store.

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Donna says …

My sons are picky eaters so lunch meals are tough. I like the idea of getting them involved. I also love the separate storages in the food containers profiled from The Container Store . Thanks!

jb says …

If you cut bologna sandwiches with small, round cookie cutters, the pieces will look like sushi!

Eva Drafta says …

Couscous Salad & Pita bread: 1 package of any flavored couscous, cooked and cooled 2 cucumbers, seeds removed and chopped 2 carrots, shredded 8 oz. of cooked and cooled edaname 1 colored sweet pepper, chopped, seeds and pith removed 2 oz tzadiki sauce or plain yogurt 4 slices of pita bread combine all ingredients (except pita bread)and cool in frig for couple of hours. Divide into 4 containers and serve with pita bread. Great with ice tea or lemonade. Makes 4 servings

Betsy Cohen says …

Some fabulous cold weather lunches are different bean and vegetable stews and soups. Just re-stocked up on some yummy spices from Whole Foods to prepare for the upcoming school year! Add to that a nice whole grain roll or bread, and some fruit, and you've got a very healthy and nutritious meal!!!

Abbie says …

My daughters ultimitate favorite packed lunch is tuna salad with saltine crackers, homemade honey granola bars & bottled water. Some kids would probably frown at the sight of tuna not my kids they love it and it's healthy. I highly recommend this salad to all kids and adults.

Teresa Bolivar says …

I really liked the video. This was very informative. I did not realize the Container Store had such nice lunch containers. I also loved the lunch suggestions. I hope I win the gift card I would love to visit The Container Store. I

Pat says …

We've recently begun the Feingold diet to try to help control ADHD, which makes shopping at Whole Foods even more important, since one of the big keys to the diet is no artificial anything. It is such a relief to be able to go to the store without my reading glasses. I know whatever I pick up will be fine without having to search tiny ingredient lists for "benzo" and other things.

Shava Nerad says …

My son's leaving for college this week (unbeleiveable!) but his favorite lunch when he started school was a tub of rice, a pack of strips of nori (seaweed) for scooping the rice, a medium dab of shiro miso in the corner of the rice tub, and lots of veggie and cheese sticks, and the occasional string cheese stick as a treat. This had a good mix of carbs, veggies, and protein, and was always a "play with your food" experience. Sometimes the miso ended up with the rice and seaweed, and sometimes it was a complement to the veggies. Because our family eats internationally, my son was boggled to fing that his lunch wasn't as normal as the next kid's PBJs. He wasn't sorry, though. He got to chase timid souls around with strips of sushi nori in each hand making what I was given to understand were "giant squid noises."

Marian Dresser says …

Packing healthy lunches is a must in my house. Fresh fruit in their own container, fresh greens and vegies all chopped up, makes me feel so much better when I look around and see mos people eating "brown" lunches. The small containers, my own silverware, with a cloth napkin makes the perfect lunch for school everyday. Easy to clean each and every night, no waste. I am grateful to have Whole Foods come to Tulsa! I am waiting on Container Store! That would be amazing!!

Cathy Prieto says …

One tip I've used that works quite well is to take and apple and core it, then fill the center with peanut butter for my kids lunch! They love it and it's quite healthy.

Mona says …

one of my favorite sandwich lunches I make for myself is homemade "Nutella" and strawberries sandwich. For the bread I use German rye breads (like Mestemacher). I make my own "Nutella" by dry roasting raw hazelnuts and mixing it with cacao powder in a blender. It reminds me of breakfast foods, but who cares! Who said no one can have breakfast foods for lunches :)

Christine says …

Great video! I really love the container that you used for the California roll. Iv'e found it difficult to find small containers that can hold thin liquids like soy sauce without leakage. I have a 13 month old so I'm fairly new at packing lunches but I'm addicted to those little compartmentalized lunch kits for steamed veggies and fruits. I'd also love to get that little cup with the built in freezer gel, my son is really into fruit smoothies now but they don't travel well.

Sam says …

Our lunch box typically includes buck's tuna salad sandwich (or almond butter & fruit spread - we like apple butter) on whole grain bread, a 365 cereal like raisin bran, a Greek style yogurt, my own salt & sugar free nut with fruit mix and a banana or peach. Veggies are rare in our lunch box except this time of the year when tomato sandwiches rule. Thanks for helping me rethink what goes in our lunch boxes and to add more veggies to our daily diet.

ewlake says …

My son always loved whole wheat pasta shells mixed with steamed broccoli and baked tofu - toss it all with a little olive oil and nutritional yeast. Very easy to do if having past a for dinner - just reserve a little for packing the next day. Does not need to be warmed to be tasty.

darrell says …

Why not freeze refillable bottles of water and use those instead of ice packs. You can ensure that the water is pure, and don't need to add another piece in the container.

Ilene Deak says …

For healthy, nutritious, and tasty lunches, one of my favorites would be: flaxseed wholegrain bread spread with veganaise (a wonderful mayo substitute), then fresh lettuce, roast turkey, sometimes a slice of swiss lowfat cheese or shaved tomatoes or both, cut in triangles. Serve with carrot sticks, raisins, and a homemade oatmeal, raisin cookie (made with applesauce instead of refined sugar). Looks and tastes great!!!

Tiffany N. says …

I often pack a veggie, a fruit, and a "main course" for my kids. For example, edamame + honeydew + chicken nuggets ( from Costco).. or a Hawaiian bread + turkey + cucumbers + grapes or a yogurt. All veggies are steamed.

siniti says …

I will be making lunches for 3 teen-age girls this year. I am hoping to encourage healthy eating and portion control for myself and them so have been looking into bento box type lunches. Great ideas here to add to my list.

Rachel says …

I like to make "kits" for lunch with meats, cheeses and vegetables. At lunch time, I assemble the rollups, cracker stackers or whatnot. There's something about piecing together my meal that is fun. Like fajitas! Ole!

C. Pieper says …

Love the ideas. They are great for work lunches as well as school lunches. In an effort to save money, I am bringing my lunch to work most days. I also love the containers. Since I have a refrigerator at work I don't need to worry so much about using a cold pack. But, transporting the lunch is sometimes difficult. Can't wait to visit The Container Store to see more lunch containers.

Anne M says …

My son likes a peeled long carrot in his lunchbox everyday, along with a peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread, fruit stretches and something crunchy like pita chips.

Marthalynn says …

I love the idea of doing a bento box style lunch. Complete with fun little themes!

Susi says …

Eating gluten/dairy/soy/corn free can be challenging for anyone who needs to pack a lunchbox! When my kids and I go out, we usually start with organic lettuce wraps with ham or turkey inside, chilled quinoa salad, loads of fruit and carrot sticks, and homemade chocolate quinoa/millet cookies for dessert. Each item needs to be packed in a separate container to preent cross contamination - but their healthy faces are worth the extra work!

Michelle says …

I think whatever it is, it's important to have your kids help you make the lunch-it seems to help build a respect for the food we eat. I also always include a special note reminding them how fantastic they are :)

FatTomato says …

It's always fun to shape, cut and/arrange items to resemble things like animals and scenery...

Christina says …

One of my favorites is to have a lunch full of "dips". I'll make a tuna salad and dip pita chips or crackers, carrot sticks with hummus, apples with peanut butter, etc. It's a great way to get healthy produce and some good proteins and fats.

Andrea Duarte says …

lately, my favorite thing to pack for lunch (at college, mind you- who says you shouldn't eat healthy in between classes as a big kid!), is an avocado with some flax seeds and chopped up tomato, a little ziplock baggie with nuts (my favorite are walnuts or macadamia!), and for something sweet, i love packing either one of Justin's Nutbutter packets or (when I have more time), making a chocolate/rapsberry/banana whole wheat wrap (seriously the best thing EVER. if you haven't had these, you should... they will change your life)! For me, this is so far the most perfect, quick, satisfying and healthy lunch :)

Theresa says …

Just in time for school starting, than you...so easy to get in a lunchbox rut!

Sandi Soucie says …

Fruit...it doesn't have to be made into anything special, but she'll always eat it!

Maria says …

I love the ideas in the video & the containers! I know my kids will like this too. The sushi box would also be work for fried mozzarella sticks and mararinera sauce!

Marcia A. says …

cheese and/or turkey roll-ups, secured with a ring-shaped pretzel or wrapped around a pretzel rod

mary ann says …

I'm going to try to make some do aheads and freeze them. Hopefully this will help with the craziness during the school week. One recipe I found that I have yet to try is wheat tortilla rolls ups with yogurt and fruit and then frozen until ready to eat.

Darice says …

I pack a large salad almost every day for lunch. The salad at present includes spinach, strawberries, almonds and raspberry vinaigrette. I eat a small entree, fruit or a Luna bar with the salad.

Sharon says …

carrots, celery, and organic peanutbutter....

Jean Lumpkins says …

Peanut butter (or almond butter) with sliced apples on pumpernickel bread. Throw in some carrot and/or celery sticks makes the perfect lunch.

Amy says …

My son will eat peanutbutter and honey on whole wheat everyday! We add carrots or celery and some fruit to keep a variety.

Jen says …

Mixing any of the following vegies in season: Cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber ,carrot sticks, bell pepper slices, celery sticks and radish rosettes. Another container for cubed baked tofu, nuts or cheese. Another container for favorite seaonal fruit sliced into bite sized pieces, or grapes or cherries. A fork or chopsticks.

Marchele T says …

My son's favorite lunch sandwich is tuna salad on whole wheat bread. I make it with 1 can regular tuna and 1 can albacore tuna, boiled eggs, chopped onion, dill relish, celery, lemon juice and his favorite secret spice "paprika"!

Trish says …

Forget the kids, I'll steal these lunch ideas for myself ;-)

Kristin says …

In the summer I take advantage of the seasonal fruit and pack my husband blueberries (his favorite, so he could eat them every day!), peaches or strawberries with his lunch.

Casey says …

I love breaking lunches into little pieces -- sometimes it's more fun for kids to eat all the parts of a sandwich separately! I like including some ham cubes or shredded chicken pieces, some cheese cubes, some bread, and veggies, and drop a small fork or a few toothpicks into the lunchbox. Not only can it help keep a lunch healthier (no need for fatty or salty sandwich spreads), and its so much more fun to eat!

Jen says …

Thanks for this helpful video. I do lunch duty once a week at my sons' elementary school and what I have observed about lunch is that the kids do not spend very much time eating; so, every bite counts! To up the nutrition factor I don't fill their lunches with too many different options. I have one son who eats the same thing every day, a whole grain bagel with cream cheese, an apple, carrots, and a graham cracker. I would jump off a cliff if someone told me I had to eat the same thing for lunch every day, but he loves it and it meets his needs for taste and nutrition. My other son likes variety. He'll help make and pack a simple peanut butter-and-honey sandwich on whole grain bread, a yogurt, a sliced mango (in season) and a few animal crackers. Or sometimes he wants leftover homemade vegetable soup (which tastes better the next day anyway) heated and packed in a thermos, some sliced cheddar cheese, cherries, and some lightly sweetened cereal for his something sweet. The main thing is that they have to be able to access and eat lunch fast before it's time to play! And we pack them a reusable bottle with water unless it's Monday in which case they get a 100% juice box, because we all need a little help getting through Monday....

Andi says …

We make mini pizzas w/ whole wheat mini bagels or sandwich thins with marinara sauce, low fat mozzarella and turkey peperoni. Quesadillas with whole wheat tortillas, spinach, mushrooms, black beans and lowfat cheese. The kids also love to use tortillas and smear them with nut butter, sprinkle with grape nuts layer on a banana and drizzle of agave nectar. Roll then slice into "sushi" rolls!

lara says …

We are gluten/dairy free so I make pancakes that the boys can eat and use them to make sunbutter sandwiches. I also like to make kabobs using fun toothpicks and various veggies and proteins or fruit kabobs.

Jill Hurley says …

A fun and nutritious lunch at our house would include chicken salad with homemade macadamia nut mayo, carrot sticks, and homemade peach applesauce...maybe a piece a dark chocolate for dessert - yumm!

Karen says …

Every time we go to the grocery store, I let my kids pick out one item from the produce section that we have never tried. We then work together to find ways to use that ingredient in family dinners and lunches.

Lillian says …

I like carrot dip and carrots, sliced apples for snacks. She Loves Almond butter and jelly sandwiches on whole grain bread. Also leftovers are always great! Wholefoods Organic 365 Ravioli's are delicious and my daughter loves them!

Stephanie says …

We always struggle with ideas for yummy and different lunch ideas (we homeschool, so we're always at home for lunch). As the weather gets cooler, we do lots of easy soups (black bean, lentil), and we've gotten really creative with our sandwiches (trying new fillings). I've recently started making tortillas, and there's so much to do with them - quesadillas, wraps, pizzas, breakfast burritos!

Viktorya Laznik says …

crackers are easy to transport and do not need refrigeration; any nuts and small cubes of cheese are must as a good meat substitute and add lots of protein for any kid's lunch or snack.

Ellen Kittredge says …

Thank you, Whole Foods & Container Store! Great ideas. My husband & I pack lunches in insulated bags, including fruits & veges, whole or cut up in containers. He usually brings a simple sandwich. Because a microwave is available to me, I vary more with packable leftovers,salad or soup in microwave safe containers. Instead of mayo on sandwiches I like hummus, mashed avacado or goat cheese & include veges like lettuce, sliced cucumber, tomato. The lettuce or cheese goes next to the bread to keep juicier things from making the bread soggy. Great way to enjoy a good lunch & save $. Ellen Kittredge

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