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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.
08/17/2011 5:37:42 PM CDT
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 :)
08/18/2011 1:22:53 AM CDT
Theresa says ...
Just in time for school starting, than you...so easy to get in a lunchbox rut!
08/18/2011 1:48:44 PM CDT
Sandi Soucie says ...
Fruit...it doesn't have to be made into anything special, but she'll always eat it!
08/18/2011 1:59:46 PM CDT
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!
08/18/2011 7:01:54 AM CDT
Marcia A. says ...
cheese and/or turkey roll-ups, secured with a ring-shaped pretzel or wrapped around a pretzel rod
08/18/2011 2:08:32 PM CDT
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.
08/18/2011 8:28:39 AM CDT
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.
08/18/2011 8:58:35 AM CDT
Sharon says ...
carrots, celery, and organic peanutbutter....
08/18/2011 2:37:39 PM CDT
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.
08/18/2011 3:27:32 PM CDT
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.
08/18/2011 2:00:16 PM CDT
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.
08/18/2011 4:17:46 PM CDT
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"!
08/22/2011 10:38:08 AM CDT
Trish says ...
Forget the kids, I'll steal these lunch ideas for myself ;-)
08/22/2011 1:00:06 PM CDT
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.
08/15/2011 4:13:06 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
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
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
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
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.
08/18/2011 8:42:03 PM CDT
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!
08/18/2011 8:03:31 PM CDT
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!
08/19/2011 8:19:01 AM CDT
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.
08/19/2011 7:50:49 AM CDT
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
08/19/2011 6:56:19 AM CDT

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