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Packing Healthy Lunches with The Container Store

By Mara Fleishman, August 11, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Mara Fleishman
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!
08/21/2011 7:00:55 AM CDT
jb says ...
If you cut bologna sandwiches with small, round cookie cutters, the pieces will look like sushi!
08/21/2011 3:18:27 AM CDT
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
08/18/2011 9:08:35 AM CDT
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!!!
08/20/2011 6:50:15 AM CDT
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.
08/20/2011 12:33:51 PM CDT
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
08/19/2011 12:13:07 AM CDT
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.
08/19/2011 5:43:57 AM CDT
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."
08/18/2011 2:07:09 AM CDT
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!!
08/18/2011 5:44:48 AM CDT
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.
08/19/2011 1:14:32 AM CDT
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 :)
08/11/2011 4:54:27 PM CDT
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.
08/17/2011 10:33:11 PM CDT
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.
08/22/2011 5:32:27 AM CDT
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.
08/22/2011 9:55:53 AM CDT
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.
08/17/2011 10:25:28 PM CDT
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!!!
08/18/2011 11:39:18 PM CDT
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.
08/18/2011 11:56:21 PM CDT
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.
08/18/2011 3:06:39 AM CDT
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!
08/16/2011 11:57:02 AM CDT
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.
08/17/2011 10:25:25 PM CDT
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.
08/17/2011 4:32:32 PM CDT
Marthalynn says ...
I love the idea of doing a bento box style lunch. Complete with fun little themes!
08/17/2011 4:30:25 PM CDT
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!
08/17/2011 7:37:13 PM CDT
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 :)
08/17/2011 5:39:29 PM CDT
FatTomato says ...
It's always fun to shape, cut and/arrange items to resemble things like animals and scenery...
08/17/2011 7:36:52 PM CDT

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