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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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Jessie says …

Corn bread muffins from scratch, with fontina cheese, peas, corns, and diced Ham baked in. It's delicious cold and fun to eat. Pair them with fresh squeezed juice frozen so it melts and remains cold (be sure to use a freeze proof bottle!), and multi-colored bell pepper strips.

Jody says …

I like to pack lunches that are easy to eat. Wraps with a protein (usually tofu, tempeh or hummus), shredded carrot, cucumber, lettuce, steamed kale, etc., or avocado-cucumber sushi, or scrambled tofu with veggies, plus a couple of sides. I try to make sure the lunch includes a raw component- vegetables and sometimes fruit.

Nicole Roloff says …

Chicken salad made with organic canned chicken (I mix with just mayo and sweet pickle relish) stuffed into celery sticks. My kids love them. Easy!

Amanda says …

Turkey Roll Ups - Take two slices of turkey and then put a slice of avocado and cheese on top. Then just roll it up. Great wheat free snack or cornerstone of a healthy lunch.

Dorothy Sparks says …

For a nice, refreshing "pick me up" snack or light lunch, we pack a homemade fruit dip and fruit slices. Simply take some plain yogurt or yogurt with honey and add a few tablespoons of peanut butter, stir. Apples and grapes are wonderful dipped! Pears and strawberries are tasty too! Our kids love it and it provides some protein for those hectic days.

Wendy C says …

Spinach and cheese muffins, beef stew with spinach, mac n cheese both from a box and home made, dad's famous chicken salad sandwich, and always accompanied by fruit.

Sarah Curtis says …

I love to pack little bites in my kids lunches grapes, cheese, salami, olives, apples, peanut butter! They like to think they are snacking but they really get all the protein, carbs, that they need without getting bored!

Amanda says …

make your own sushi rolls - Sliced avocado, cucumber and sliced tempeah and a package of seaweed. The kids can make their own combinations.

Martin arling says …

My kids like it when I give them their own sauce, spread or dips to go with whatever is in their lunches. Makes em feel empowered in preparing their own lunches!

J. Rushing says …

Whole foods + the container store = love

Cheryl says …

Great ideas for back to school lunches!

rona says …

I have to admit this will be my first school year packing lunches(it is the 1st year of school for us). So it should be interesting. Love the reusable containers, especially with our little ones new re-found love for watermelon. And if it is in a box he is more willing to eat it than if it is in a bag! LOL

William Tracy says …

Our granddaughter enjoys having lots of containers in her insulated lunch bag, including craisins, olives, cheese,yogurt & other nutritious foods. It's fun to open them & she brings the containers home so they can be re-used.

Laura says …

Excellent video! Thanks for the tips!

Stephanie says …

We love to freeze organic yoghurt sticks. The kids love getting "ice cream" on hot days. I love the extra calcium for their growing bones!

Becky says …

My kids love salad! A fun salad that I would love fun lunch containers for is: romaine/spinach blend, diced apples, raisins, raw pumpkin seeds, slivered almonds and a homemade honey poppyseed dressing. Mmmmmm!!!!

Veronica says …

Thank you for the awesome lunch ideas! I love my lunch clip it cube!! ;-)

Carmen Chavez says …

Our kids love hot lunches so a thermos is vital. If it's not a chicken noodle soup or Annie Chun's miso soup, it could be Annie's Cheesy Ravioli, Shells and Cheese or pot stickers. We like to pair that up with some rye toast or Ry Krisp crackers and a piece of fresh fruit. The children make their own lunches! Now that's a treat for Mom! Thanks for these great ideas and wonderful containers. We will be expanding our culinary horizons and visiting the Container Store right away!!

Saanam says …

I think it's important to take the sweet out of the child's diet early as much as possible. Offering small amounts of meat, vegetable and grain can satisfy hunger in children; while providing a balanced meal. Seasoned meats like chicken breast and turkey can be cut into strips, along with thin slices of green, red or yellow peppers, onions and cooked light brown rice can be put into containers that stack. A separate container can hold sliced berries, grapes and raisins. You can vary the meat and the grain, and even replace the meat with tofu or vegetables. A combination of fruit pieces should always be included. Add a yogurt and milk or juice to complete the meal.

Belinda says …

Cutting up whatever the sandwich is in to different shapes. Making carrots sticks look like wavy fries. Makeing wraps, then cutting it up to look like shusi.

Coleen walsh says …

I shred, chop and grate several vegis (zucchini,carrots, cabbageroasted red pepper, red onion) and keep them in separate containers in the fridgethen when I need them I pop them in a spinach pita with hummus and cheese (turkey too)!

steve berger says …

Start with some whole food 365 organic black beans, slice up an organic tomato, avocado and shred some organic read leaf lettuce. Mix it all up with some Annies Tuscany Italian dressing for a healthy delicious lunch followed by a fresh organic Fuji apple.

Alison says …

A favorite lunch of mine these days is tabouli with a pita, maybe with a little hummus, too.

Nicki says …

Growing up I wasn't a huge fan of bread so my mom used take some lunch meat, cut a piece of cheese and wrap it in the met. I have done this quite a bit with my son who doesn't like bread either. I think there are many times that children don't eat something and there is nothing worse than getting the same thing over and over in your lunchbox

Caroline Guntur says …

I love to bring a banana wrapped in a natural nutbutter and a tortilla. Filling and healthy!

Kyra says …

My daughters eat natural sliced turkey or almond butter and honey sandwiches as long as I cut them in heart or flower shapes! Carrots, grapes or apple sauce, and a small piece of licorice as a finishing touch.

Sara W says …

I love making wraps filled with the veges of the season(cucumber slices, shredded carrots, fresh spinach leaves) and pairing them with hummus as a spread. Great for summer lunches, cool and filling.

Kemborllay says …

Containers are great for salads, tabbouleh , hummus, bean dip, fruit pieces. Many more ideas for lunch breaks. Really adds another dimension to your menu!

Dawn Scire says …

organic celery and carrot slices packed with almond butter for dipping; a chopped organic salad; organic grapes

Sheryl says …

Sushi (homemade). It doesn't have to be pretty. I stuffed my sons with peanut butter once and he actually liked it and asked for it again!

Nang says …

My son loves brown rice with " sushi sprinkles " on it --- basically a Japanese condiment made of seaweed sprinkles, sesame seeds, soy & a little bit of sugar.

Shadia Lahlou says …

I really enjoy lunches that reminisce a sort of Spanish"tapas" style. A little of this and a little of that ... Instead of packing one main sandwich, I like to use smaller portions in my sandwiches, with a many fun sides for my palate such as cottage cheese with raisins, nuts and fruit, a side of tabbouleh and quinoa, and a sliver of homemade yogurt brownies. In effect, I'm always looking forward to lunch, the different tastes and what I can mix together.

LeahG says …

A colorful lunch: whites and browns: rice cakes and sunflower butter. orange carrots, green peas, and red watermelon.

Jo Lee says …

My kids love food wrapped in small seaweed sheets (the Korean roasted type). I pack a mix of brown rice, veggies, egg in containers and a pack of roasted seaweed. They make their own "sushi" by wrapping the food and eating their creation as finger food.

Ruth Smither says …

I like to include an individual Mott's Plus Fiber (no sugar added) Cranberry Raspberry applesauce in my lunch bag. These are only 60 calories with no sodium and only 15 carbs plus 3g fiber. Very tasty!

Karen says …

Hummus and Cucumber sticks are a favorite in our lunch boxes.

Mary Caughey says …

My kids love "dipping" their veggies and fruits into something (dressing, yogurt, nut butters)and these containers are just perfect for that! The sushi and pasta ideas were not only nutritious but beautiful! I think making food look good is also really important if you want kids to enjoy them. Great ideas and combinations and such fun containers!!

Chris says …

I like to pack lunches that are full of colorful fruits and veggies. It definitely beats looking at the same neutral stuff everyday.

ms.jasmine says …

Great tips and containers! My ideas would be a healthy sandwich w/ vegetables like: lettuce carrot and sprouts, fruit for desert and water. Also extra snacks for the hungry little ones, I give them either chips, cookies, granola bar or trail mix.

Erika says …

Nothing better for lunch, in my opinion, than preparing a big pile of veggies for dinner and saving the leftovers for a healthy lunch.

Jamie says …

I try to take my daughter with me to choose her own produce. She gets excited to have made the choices. I then try to pack a healthy protein and something to munch. When I make sandwiches, I always cut them with cookie cutters so they are fun for her when she opens her lunch. This school year, I am going to try my hand at Bento-style lunches.

Ron Ablang says …

Make sure to include a piece of fruit along w/ the brown bag to make it healthier.

Debi Escobedo says …

My childrens favorite is Whole wheat bread with natural peanut butter then i cut out with a cookie cutter in different shapes then add fruit off there choice. snack time at school organic fruit snack they love them and fruit squeeze or organic cookies.

Bridget says …

Fun dips/sides/choices make healthy eating even more fun for kids

Sandra Mannings says …

Thank you for sharing these neat lunch ideas. It’s good to know that anything I purchase for my child at Whole Foods Market is 100% HEALTHY. More specifically, those Lunch containers are cute and functional. I wish those containers were around during my brown bag days in elementary school. Best-Sandra

Cecilia says …

My mom used to make us peanut butter and banana sandwiches with apples, carrots or celery on the side. Elvis' favorite!

Katie says …

I have a two year old and since she was a baby I have been packing her individual luchs or dinners when we are on the go to other friends and familys house. For no everyone we know cares whole and organic foods. One of my daughters favorites is turkey pieces, chedder cubes, hummus w/ pita chips, raw nuts like cashus/almonds/pistachios. Along with fruit like blueberries/straberries. My daughter has a big appatite, which I want satisfed by healty and organic foods from stores like Whole Foods. :)

Dawn Bowling says …

Thanks for share some great healthy lunch choices and I love the new food cube.

Shira says …

I always cook extra to have leftovers the next day. My favorite is burrito in a bowl - everything except the tortilla!

Eugenie says …

Cold noodles with a sauce made from almond butter and teriyaki sauce.

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