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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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Nadia says …

My favorite lunch is a bit more traditional. I love a Greek salad - cucumbers, tomatoes, romaine lettuce and feta cheese. My twist is adding a can of sardines to the mix. I love it! For dessert, I have some vanilla Greek yogurt (clearly going with the Greek theme). Yum.

Laura Boling says …

Bake a homemade vegie pizza, cut into small portions and freeze. Put the frozen pieces in a container and it will be thawed out by lunchtime. Serve with cheese stick.

Natalie Zelaya says …

I like packing lots of fruit in my lunch. It gives me an energy boost just when I need it.

Kristi says …

I love the kimbap/sushi container and the fact that it is made with brown rice. Must look for that recipe! And the snack container is super cute and would be great for my 3 kids in the car. Nice ideas.

Brenda says …

I make lunch everyday for my sons and myself. For my sons I make peanut butter and Heidi's Organic Raspberry Jam on Honey Whole Wheat bread. They also take a fruit or granola bar, some chips and a drink. For myself I have been taking a little bit of cheese and crackers with some fresh sliced serrano peppers from my garden, one square of dark chocolate and a cup full of raspberries. I love taking fresh food from home for lunch!

Theresa says …

Whole wheat tortilla with refried black beans and shredded cheddar cheese

Norleen Kocen says …

My children are all grown and have children of their own now, but I found this video very inspiring to all age Mom's. I pack my own lunch for work and so does my husband. Actually, after all these years, I was surprised to find more great food ideas for lunch, and tasty, healthy, and not too high in calorie ideas. I forwarded this to all 3 of my daughters and my daughter in law. Thank you.

Autumn says …

My kids love anything cut into small pieces (usually fruit) so they can eat with toothpicks. They also really like to help pack their lunch boxes and eat stuff we make together - muffins, granola are a couple of favorites.

Jessi M says …

The kid in me still loves making homemade Lunchables with real ingredients... prosciutto and farmer's market melon on water crackers for tomorrow, I think!

David Fletcher says …

What a great place to get great quality foods and use superior and easy to use containers from the container store. I know my daughter will enjoy packing her lunch with great healthy items and treats and what a great way for her to carry them to school. My wife and I love the container store. Too bad we don't have one here in Omaha, but when we travel we always seem to migrate to one for all of our container needs.

Peter H says …

Great video but for the more sophisticated palet how about an American Banh Mi? Grab some headcheese, great ham, bread, liver pate(of your choice[some prefer liverwurst]), carrots, daikon, cilantro, cucumber, and fish sauce. Dilute the fish sauce to taste with half a lemon, hot water, and sweetener(anything from turbinado to white sugar to agave). Chop the root veges to very small sticks and pickle in the sweetened diluted fish sauce until the flavor penetrates. Toast the bread, spread the pate, add the pickled root veges, cilantro, cucumber, head cheese, and ham, top with fresh cracked black pepper and the other bread slice. Don't forget to pack from freshly cut fruit in another container!

Jenna says …

One of my favorite lunches is a (homemade) pesto salad. We change it around depending on what produce we have in the fridge, but we add roasted tomatoes and asparagus most. Fresh veggies and hummus and a piece of fruit for dessert round out the meal.

Kristine P says …

Great video. I love mixing new and different items together in my lunchs a sit always adds a nice suprise.

Catherine says …

My niece still loves the old favorites. PNB and raisons on wheat

Anne says …

We use hummus instead of mayonnaise and pile on veggies to make a sandwich. The kids like the original hummus and I like spicy ones. I still write on the kids' napkins and they love it. One is going into high school. I'm sure she keeps that a secret.

Edith Helmich says …

Our granddaughter is celiac and packing gluten-free food is a necessity when she's away from home. Having fresh veggies and fruit on hand, plus some gluten-free crackers and cheese requires airtight, leakproof and compact containers. Granola, nuts, pretzels with nutritious dips, even mini-sandwiches are a delight to pack-up when the right-sized containers are available.

Rich Hrazanek says …

I like to take steamed broccoli, quinoa and slices of chicken, mixed in a wok with a little soy sauce to work.

Lisa says …

Once a week we like to send homemade whole grain muffins (with fruit and/or pumpkin) and a bit of nut butter or tofutti cream cheese as the main meal...it's fun, nutritious, and easy to pack. I bake every other month and freeze them in containers with two muffins each...so all we have to do most weeks is pull one out and we're ready to go!

Jennifer says …

My two children love hummus! Sometimes I do it plain, other times I use edemame, or I'll spice it up by adding curry powder to it. Carrot sticks and cucumbers help to scoop it up, and it gets in a serving of veggie at the same time. Thanks for the great info!

Crystal says …

My son always helps to pack his lunches the night before which guarantees that he will like what's in it and he actually eats it. The current favorite at our house is cashew butter and honey. And we can never forget juicy red grapes!

Cheryll says …

My kids love when I pack there favorite sandwich and I use cookie cutters and make different shapes.

Jeanette B. says …

My daughter loves to have a "mini" lunch: pepperoni or turkey (sliced small), cheese cubes or string cheese, small crackers or pita chips (with sea salt...yummy!), cherry tomatoes or cucumbers. Kalamata olives are a delicious side also and provide a healthy fat source. Pumpkin seeds have become a new favorite. The fruit of choice for her are freeze-dried strawberries - they pack well and she gobbles them up. Bottled water finishes her off along with a napkin decorated with a special note. :)

Erin F says …

I like to make my own yogurt, then divide it into small containers for adding to a lunch. In the morning, I put some frozen fruit in, add a little honey and then by lunch time, it's ready! I also bring homemade granola to sprinkle on top.

Minna Siegel says …

My daughter enjoys fruit more if it is cut up and the inedible parts are removed (no pits or cores for her!).

Cathy says …

For something different in my kids lunch, I will freeze an individual container of apple sauce. It becomes slushy by lunchtime and is fun to eat.

Lisa B says …

I loved making lunch meals fun for my kids. From adding cute little notes, to cutting designs into their sandwiches. When lunchables came out, we made our own healthy version with different meat substitutes and real cheese not processed mess!

Amy says …

Veggie sandwich on Ezekiel bread :) we put lettuce, tomato, sprouts, avocado, red and green pepper, with optional cheese! It is so good and incredibly healthy!! Low-glycemic and low-cal!

Elizabeth Bassett says …

For something different, try using long lettuce leaves as a wrap for your turkey and cheese. The Container store has a variety of containers that will fit your needs.

Orly says …

I love the clip-it lunchbox! I use it every day. I bring a sandwich with whole wheat bread, fake bologna slices, cheese, and mustard, a sliced bell pepper or sugar snap peas, and cherries or other sliced fruit. YUM.

leslie sizeland says …

As a mom with five kids, homemade, organic lunches from WFM have always been a priority. I can't wait to get some new BPA free containers to make lunches this year! We have always used reuseable lunch boxes but the containers will be new. We incorporate all kinds of themes into lunches...alphabet letter lunches...A day is apples, agave, apricots, in the lunch...Q day is Quinoa...of course there are other additions too. Also, I shop "in season" and try to always buy fresh, organic local produce for their lunch. My kids love it and thrive on it...now I have to figure out a way to prevent so much sharing!!!

Raquel C. says …

These were some great ideas and very fun containers! I love to pack fresh fruit and veggies for my 4 year old! My son loves cut out sandwiches in his favorite shapes!

Jada Graceffa says …

I have a huge assortment of cookie cutters and my son, Dominic (age 6), loves it when I cut his sandwiches into fun and unique shapes. I use a different shape each day and try to keep with any themes they are doing at school. Each time he opens his sandwich sack, it's a surprise! His favorite sandwich recipe: Ezekiel brand bread, tuna salad, Whole Foods' spinach artichoke veggie dip, provolone. Mmmm! And no Star Wars lunch cooler is complete without a crunchy veggie, a blended fruit drink, and a napkin note from Mom.

Kala S says …

I like building a routine in to making lunches. Monday--organic, nitrate free turkey sandwich. Tuesday--soup or pasta in a thermos. Wednesday--salad (tuna, turkey, or whatever protein available added) Thursday--finger foods (veggies, fruits and dips along with boiled eggs or nuts for protein) Having a plan makes it easy to keep it healthy and not grab "hot lunch at school".

Julie Bell says …

I don't have anything exciting to share. My children currently eat "school lunch" but I am studying new ideas to send them with a lunch from home that is healthy and yummy too! I have enjoyed reading the comments and have gotten several ideas. Thanks!

Ellen Lener says …

Pack hummus with your choice of vegetables for a balanced lunch of protein and vegetables. Berries make a tasty and well rounded dessert.

Pam says …

I love packing leftover pasta (whole wheat or rice) with tomato sauce. It's delicious cold. Add a small container of parmesan for an extra treat!

Victoria says …

When I worked, I always brought lunch in "Keeper" boxes from CS in different sizes. I liked the simplicity. Now that I have a kid, I find that presentation stimulates appetite and forces me to be creative. In my many attempts to cajole my kid into eating, I discovered that a 2-oz bagel fits perfectly into the top of a traditional triangular onigiri bento. Cross-cultural portion control. Who knew?

Katie says …

Its amazing how a different presentation will make or break something making it down the hatch! Little sandwich cutouts with my cookie cutters always are eaten no matter what is on them! Love all these tips! Thank You!

Tejal says …

Paneer wrap with vegetable dip Rice with lentils and Vegetable Vegetable pasta and fruits vegetable sandwiches vegetable quesadillas Thanks, Tejal

Angela C says …

One of my kids' favorite lunches is what we call the "Happy Face" sandwich! We have a couple of variations, but one is using a whole wheat tortilla (for the head), a slice of all natural deli cheese (for part of the head and/or hat), a slice of all natural lunchmeat (for the hair), grape halves (for the eyes), apple slice (for the mouth), strawberry slices(for the nose and arms), and avocado slices (for the legs). I serve these "Happy Faces" with a side of veggie straws, and my kiddos eat them up in no time!

MJackson says …

Nori rolls which is a blend of sunflower and pumpkin seeds,wakame seaweed and spices. Add edamame medley which is a mix of edamame,spinach,broccoli,snow peas with seasonings of your taste in a tamari soy sauce. Enjoy

Molly says …

Cut strawberries and bananas on toasted bread!! Yum! And I remember my mom used to put little notes everyday in our lunch box and I would save them all! :)

NICOLE says …

Mobile lunches are the best! I take flatbread and put vegenaise mixed with oregano and garlic powder,or hummus, and top it with red bell pepper strips, sprouts, lettuce, tomato, and cucmber. I roll it up and it is a sweet treat of a lunch that's very portable, say to the beach or to Napa. :) If I win this contest I can transport it in a real container instead of used Whole Foods produce bags!

Vera says …

The video was very interesting, and I will now look for nitrates in meat as a big no, no. Thank you!

Marta Howard says …

I love the compartmentalized container for finger food--I could carry a whole antipasto plate in there!

Mary arling says …

Sounds good

JohnZ says …

Kid loves peanut butter but school's a nut free zone? Consider sunflower seed butter instead.

Charlotte says …

I'm always up for adding nuts of any kind to a meal.

Kellie says …

Pasta salad packed with seasonal veggies makes a fun lunch, as does homemade hummus with pita or veggies! Or chilled soba noodles with peanut sauce and asian veggies. Anything that feels special and fun! I also like to make school lunches with homemade peanut butter that kids love to help make. Anything they can help make is more appealing to eat!

Suzanne says …

Spread whole wheat tortillas with cream cheese (or any soft cheese)add chopped veggies or fruit. Roll it up. Cut into bite size pieces. Enjoy!

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