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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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kara rane says ...
informative video, thank YOU. sushi for lunch box = *fun
08/11/2011 4:18:16 PM 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
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!
08/11/2011 5:04:57 PM CDT
Kristin O' says ...
I think it is fun to leave a note or interesting tidbit that is pertinent to the food. For example, with an apple the note could say 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away'! Nurturing for the heart and brain, kids.
08/11/2011 10:37:39 PM CDT
Kaylynn Knauff and Nik Martin says ...
We always try to have Nik's nephew help make the food we eat. So, if we make cookies one day of the week, his nephew could take them in his lunch that week for a treat. We try to have some thing familiar as well as at least one new food for every meal! We try to keep all packaged foods out of our meals as well as make our own bread, et cetera. If we received the gift card, we would use it to buy stuff for Nik's nephew: he is heading to kindergarten this fall! :)
08/11/2011 10:53:13 PM CDT
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....
08/12/2011 1:25:24 AM CDT
Shayna says ...
Whole Foods and The Container Store -- by far the two places I spend the most money!! Love the reusable glass bottle, going to go find it online right now!! Thanks for this informative video!
08/12/2011 4:32:01 AM CDT
Denise says ...
Packing smart lunches can be nutritious but also help little ones with basic life skills. Apple slices in one and sunbutter in another allows them to spread their own goodness! Plus, with nut allergies abundant and peanut butter bans, Sunbutter is a great and delicious alternative.
08/12/2011 8:51:31 AM CDT
Jason says ...
Grass-fed beef jerky and guacamole!! Recently discovered combination that's amazing.
08/12/2011 9:02:08 AM CDT
J Burns says ...
Excellent video. I am definitely going to pick up some of the containers.
08/12/2011 10:39:10 AM CDT
m2thej says ...
its tricky for us with a GF/DF 2 year old, but we have quinoa a lot along with sandwiches cut with a small cookie cutter, carrot sticks, crunchy corn sticks, fruit, etc. and coconut milk yogurt!
08/12/2011 11:05:19 AM CDT
KaraF says ...
Great tips and I love all the container options. Would be nice to see more options without nuts since there are so many kids with allegies to them now (including mine!).
08/12/2011 11:27:55 AM CDT
Renee says ...
My son's favorite lunch treat is sushi rice wrapped around natural peanut butter with a sprinkle of salt (I have little teddy bear head molds, but balls work just as well). I usually pack the little rice bears with cubes of toasted tofu, cucumber slices, and some fruit. It's really a quick and easy lunch to make. I buy pre-cubed tofu and store it in the freezer. In the morning I can toast only the quantity I want for his lunch while I cook and roll rice and cut fruits and veggies.
08/12/2011 12:20:51 PM CDT
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!
08/12/2011 1:46:54 PM CDT
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.
08/12/2011 6:53:28 PM CDT
Mary says ...
A few crostinis, a small portion of cilantro pesto (I usually go with walnuts or almonds to save money), house roasted deli meat cuts like roast beef or turkey, cherry tomatoes sliced, and a bowl of fruit (strawberries, peeled oranges, grapes, or apple slices). A simple avocado spread is nice in place of the pesto as well. Not an all the time lunch but definitely a fun one! They get to build to suit their tastes and creativity.
08/13/2011 12:08:11 PM CDT
Ashley says ...
Dinner to Lunch. I am always trying to use dinner I made the night before to recreate a lunch for the following day. Pasta and meatballs is easily turned into a meatball sandwich. Chicken kabobs can be tucked itnto a pita with hummus and veggies.
08/13/2011 1:51:03 PM CDT
Heather says ...
Antipasti, bento style.
08/13/2011 4:19:59 PM CDT
Jackie Finger says ...
Hummus, carrot sticks, and pita
08/13/2011 6:04:48 PM CDT
Sandy says ...
A bento-style lunch made of bite-size veggies with vinaigrette dressing, couscous salad and leftover teriyaki chicken, is a favorite in my household. Much tastier than a plain old sandwich and chips, and assembling and decorating the bento is part of the fun!
08/13/2011 9:55:34 PM CDT
Emily breaux says ...
My boys love to help pack their lunch. We do some of the prep on the weekend when there is more time. Pealing carrots and slicing veggies, and getting them into bite size portions is fun for them, plus, they tend to eat the veggies during the preparation, so it's a win-win"
08/14/2011 8:17:50 AM CDT
Andrea Rackow says ...
Two days ago I made my son a sandwich with turkey and cheddar on whole wheat bread, which he has never once agreed to eat, but this time I used a cookie cutter in the shape of an elephant and he actually ate some! He said he wouldn't, but two minutes later there he was eating some turkey. The monkey cookie cutter will be next! And I would like some of those Container Store containers to pack it all up in! thanks!
08/14/2011 9:28:23 AM CDT
Regina says ...
Pasta salad made with whole wheat pasta (I use Bionaturae) and packed with seasonal veggies. I also make the dressing and add a little ground flax or flax oil to it. I love that you can make a big batch ahead of time and enjoy the lunch for a few days or even all week!
08/14/2011 10:26:31 AM CDT
Lizzet says ...
This ideas are amazing! I like to pack my kids an organic yogurt with sides of fruits and organic granola. It is always a big hit. I totally agree that the packaging of their lunches make a huge difference in my kids lunch experience. Thank you for the great ideas!
08/14/2011 11:48:39 AM CDT
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!
08/14/2011 8:03:05 PM CDT

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