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Lauren L. says ...
Some of our family favorites are: Triple A Sandwich - Almond Butter, Apple & Agave on whole or sprouted wheat - cut into the shape of a heart, star or flower. Veggie Sushi with Brown Rice Seasonal Vegetable Soup with Whole Grain Crackers for dipping And, Lentil Sloppy Joe's (lentils and bun in separate containers so they don't get soggy, and with a spoon for serving.) Best, Lauren L.
08/17/2011 5:47:31 PM CDT
Tonya Ward says ...
We've been working on acquiring lots of reusable containers over the last few years for packing my son's lunch. Last year his school actually sold cute reusable sandwich and snack bags as a fund raiser! So I bought several of those. We also use cloth napkins instead of paper in his lunch bag every day. In addition to his favorite turkey sandwich, he likes to pack turkey bacon (cook it for "brinner" with eggs and pancakes the night before and make extra) for a change of pace some days. Food markers are fun for writing on an apple or other fruit for lunch - draw a happy face or write "I love you"!
08/17/2011 5:48:47 PM CDT
Kelly L. says ...
Pita chips and hummus are our favorite quick lunch.
08/17/2011 5:50:19 PM CDT
Gina says ...
My kids are crazy about Asian cuisine so they get a kick out of Bento Box style lunches. It's not the same ole sandwich everyday and they get a variety to choose from. They had complained about how greasy the school lunches were and now they have even raised the prices. Furthermore, we are a vegan family so what are my kids supposed to eat? I take a lot of joy in packing their lunch because they just end up with a mini version of mine which they love.
08/17/2011 5:50:48 PM CDT
Nadia says ...
Fun and nutritious lunch: Fresh veggies cut into fun shapes (skills: optional!), a sandwich piled with tofu and veggies on whole wheat bread (cut into a heart if you're making it for someone else, or even for yourself :)), and a small piece of chocolate to finish it off.
08/17/2011 5:54:24 PM CDT
Teri Meadows says ...
I like to put cut up fruit on kabob sticks. That makes it fun for the girls to eat. It is also fun to get a krinkle cutter and cut carrots and apples.
08/17/2011 5:54:33 PM CDT
Laura says ...
I pack leftovers from the evening before and it's usually even more delicious! Great video - I will definitely pick up some of the containers.
08/17/2011 5:55:47 PM CDT
Zinnia Plaza says ...
My children do not eat school lunches so we pack lunch for school daily. They love peanut butter and banana sandwiches onn whole wheat bread. We pack raisins, celery with peanut butter, apples with peanut butter and the list goes on. Thanks container store for the easy to use containers!
08/17/2011 5:56:51 PM CDT
Annette Putnam says ...
I like to use cookie cutters to cut sandwiches into fun shapes. We also love to use different containers to give our children a variety of fruits, vegetables and healthy snacks.
08/17/2011 6:03:10 PM CDT
kelly says ...
I love resuable snack bags and use them for everything from carrots/celery to pretzels to breads. no waste for the enviroment and they look cool in lunch bags
08/17/2011 6:03:16 PM CDT
Rebecca McCarty says ...
I like to make a pita sandwich starting with a whole grain pita and using various flavors of hummus along with cucumber and micro greens. If you change out the flavors on the hummus, it gives a different flavor to each lunch. The micro greens make the sandwich more interesting so the kids are more likely to eat it as opposed to plain old lettuce.
08/17/2011 6:03:17 PM CDT
Alice says ...
Eat healthier AND save $$. What's not to like?
08/17/2011 6:04:08 PM CDT
Lori A. says ...
I love cutting my kids sandwiches in fun cookie cutter shapes.
08/17/2011 6:04:14 PM CDT
Cathy says ...
I pack fruit and veggies in season and also include beans or lentils with olive oil,lemon and fresh herbs and garlic..
08/17/2011 6:04:25 PM CDT
Mel says ...
For your child, make school lunch fun add the value of fruit and have a make a face week. Pack a few assorted dried fruits so your child can make a face on his/her peanut butter sandwich. Have your child prepack 5 baggies or reusable containers before the week starts that way he/she has a choice and will more likely eat it all. Do stress the importance of not playing with his/her food so to stay out of trouble.
08/17/2011 6:04:26 PM CDT
Lorena says ...
Pinwheel sandwiches are fun and easy - just spread a tortilla with your fav fixings, roll and slice. Easy peasy!
08/17/2011 6:05:19 PM CDT
susan yu says ...
I take any cooked small-sized pasta and toss with Italian dressing, pieces of buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers.
08/17/2011 6:05:20 PM CDT
Chris Lange says ...
I like cheese and crackers with some dips/ spreads for fun. Jam, mustard, salad dressing.
08/17/2011 6:05:54 PM CDT
stephanie says ...
The sushi container would be great for hummus and veggies or pita breads since you can seal the hummus in the seperate compartment!
08/17/2011 6:06:55 PM CDT
Julie Gordon says ...
I like to create combinations of food for snacks and/or meals. I have been doing a snack/lunch of sliced applies, peanut butter and raisins or cherries making the apples the "bread" part of the sandwich. The result is a crunch, sweet, tasty and healthy option. Everyone gets to have their say in what they want in the apple sandwich. We add nuts too as a different crunch.
08/17/2011 6:07:13 PM CDT
Maria says ...
Some ideas my son loves: Mini-whole wheat pitas with fava bean hummus and slices of persian cucumbers; turkey meatballs and penne pasta with a side of shredded parmesean cheese; whole wheat bread with yoghurt cream cheese [similar to Boursin in consistency] with ham in a shape of a puzzle; make your own taco with the items packed separately: corn tortilla, seasoned ground beef, pico de gallo, guacomole, shredded monterey jack cheese.
08/17/2011 6:07:24 PM CDT
Terri David says ...
I love leftover pizza for lunch, warmed up or cold.
08/17/2011 6:07:34 PM CDT
Mary Mattis says ...
When I cut roasted chicken into cube shapes my kids down them like cookies! I pair them with antipasta style veggie slices and whole wheat crackers. I mix up the veggie choices for color and texture. They use to ask for "lunchables" type packs because all the other kids had them. Now they help pack their own veggie/fruit choices to change it up everyday!
08/17/2011 6:08:22 PM CDT
Cherie says ...
Those are some really good lunch ideas!
08/17/2011 6:08:36 PM CDT
AnnieM says ...
Thanks for all the great tips. I'll be packing lunches for myself soon and will use all this great info.
08/17/2011 6:08:45 PM CDT

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