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Tamra Wilt says ...
I pack lunches for my boys everyday so having a menu is very important. At the beginning of the school year and as needed throughout when certain foods get boring each boy creates a menu using a table that is broken out with columns for fruit, vegetable, protein, snack. When I am making my grocery list I will review the menus with the boys to determine what they would like to eat and what is not working. They get a balance healthy lunch and I get an easy and fast way to pack their bags with foods they will eat!
08/17/2011 8:05:28 PM CDT
Lanie says ...
My two go to lunches are peanut butter and banana sandwiches or cream cheese and organic tomato pitas. Both are delicious and simple to make!
08/17/2011 8:05:50 PM CDT
Nancy says ...
I love to wrap turkey and swiss with a bit of spicy mustard in a rice tortilla with a side of chips or fresh fruit for lunch.
08/17/2011 8:05:57 PM CDT
Amie Rooks says ...
My son takes homemade waffles and gluten-free sausage with him almost everyday for lunch. He is a creature of habit! I put lots of pureed fruits and veges in them.
08/17/2011 8:07:45 PM CDT
Jamie says ...
This is a current topic of interest in our household, as we have a nearly 2-year-old who is about to start school with his very own lunchbox...
08/17/2011 8:08:08 PM CDT
Eva says ...
I am trying to use dinner I made the night before to create a lunch for the next day.My son likes tortellini. Food jar keeps it warm.
08/17/2011 8:09:09 PM CDT
Melissa Potocnik says ...
The salad shaker cups with separate dressing cup and attached utensils are great for healthy lunches.
08/17/2011 8:10:19 PM CDT
Olivia Grace says ...
Gluten-free brown rice pasta fusilli with pesto and bits of cut up fresh tomato. Good hot or cold. Another favorite is sauteed tofu cubes with fresh baby carrots.
08/17/2011 8:10:19 PM CDT
Carol says ...
Loved the appetizing lunches in this video, and the various containers were very creative. I make sandwiches with brie cheese, sliced Granny Smith apples, and a thin layer of strawberry rhubard jam. My whole family loves them, and even my coworkers have started copying me by making them as well!
08/17/2011 8:10:42 PM CDT
Selina says ...
Pita pizzas with chicken, avocado, tomato and cheese. Yummy!
08/17/2011 8:11:25 PM CDT
Valerie Gardner says ...
My idea for a fun lunch is to cut up my son's sandwich into puzzle pieces using a puzzle piece sandwich cutter. He'll eat a sandwich like that so much easier than the traditional way!
08/17/2011 8:12:22 PM CDT
Beverlly says ...
Fun and nutritious lunch starts with salad greens. Also pack your favorite toppings. I usually add a protein or two (chicken breast, beans, tofu, or cheese), fruit (necterine slices, grape halves, slided strawberries, blueberries or dried cranberries, these all add a sweet component) and a couple more veggies (slice onions or green peppers, tomato, sugar snap peas or red peas) and something with crunch (toasted nuts). My favorite dressings are the low-fat, organic ginger-pear, raspberry-walnut, and sesame-ginger. Pack the ingredients (especially the dressing) indivdually and mix right before lunch. It's fresh, sweet and delish!
08/17/2011 8:15:21 PM CDT
Flavia says ...
As a vegan, my favorite lunches are: 1. Quinoa cooked with seasonal vegetables and a side of fruit and nuts 2. Black bean and corn enchiladas with a little tofu in the enchiladas and again a side of fruit.
08/17/2011 8:16:37 PM CDT
JESSICA MILLER says ...
Color, color, color! How many colors can we pack into lunch? Veggie sticks and dip, cheese, crackers and grapes! YUM!
08/17/2011 8:16:38 PM CDT
Debbie says ...
Spinach & artichoke hummus on whole wheat sandwich with with grape tomatoes. Love the ideas and containers in the video.
08/17/2011 8:16:50 PM CDT
Meg says ...
I'm tired of all this healthy stuff DAY IN and DAY OUT. Mix it up some. Let 'em be kids. Give 'em some comfort food. What screams a need for comfort food more than tests, pop quizzes, difficult assignments, and peer pressure?! Give 'em cold homemade fried chicken from the night before. THE BEST. Give 'em a scoop of Grandmama's macaroni and cheese recipe. And throw in a candy bar or some gummy bears. Don't push 'em all the time. Let 'em laugh and live.
08/17/2011 8:16:55 PM CDT
TJ says ...
Create a lunch station in your kitchen with easy to grab items that you or your kids can pack for school.
08/17/2011 8:18:22 PM CDT
Victoria says ...
Slice an avocado in half put a dollop of mayo and some chopped herbs. Close the halves and put in a container. When it's lunch time open the avocado and mix the mayo and herbs in each half. Then spread on a piece of toast. Yummy! cherry tomato, a basil leaf and a small slice of mozzarella on a toothpick.
08/17/2011 8:19:40 PM CDT
Christy says ...
I like to make a pasta salad with colorful rotini pasta and all of the veggies that my daughter will actually eat. It's colorful, fun and healthy.
08/17/2011 8:20:47 PM CDT
Steph says ...
Apples, celery and peanut butter are my favorite snacks to pack with my lunch!
08/17/2011 8:20:55 PM CDT
debbie grimson says ...
This seems really nice. Is it affordable?
08/17/2011 8:22:48 PM CDT
Mandiee says ...
I love packing vegan lunches for school because they aren't quite as perishable and won't spoil before I have time to eat them (as long as I have a cold pack, of course!) However, I love packing huge salads, so big containers are a must. My favorite combination is a giant romaine and kale salad topped with whatever fresh veggies are in my fridge and a homemade veggie burger. I like to use homemade hummus as a healthy dressing alternative, which also offers a good dose of protein, fiber, and healthy fat. Since the hummus is thick, I put it in the container with the rest of my ingredients, close the lid, and shake it all up. It's important that I have a tight-fitting lid so I can get my shake on! A workout and a healthy lunch? Sounds good to me!
08/17/2011 8:23:29 PM CDT
Heather says ...
We have a different theme every day for lunch: soup and sandwich day, ethnic day, pasta day, try something new day, leftover day. Each day includes some chopped up strawberries or other seasonal fruit. A few homemade chocolate chip cookies or other sweet treat are included on Mondays and Fridays. Cheese and yogurt tubes are always popular with my girls. So lots of different container needs - keeping liquid contained, keeping dairy cold, keeping soup or pasta hot - that would make the gift card most welcome. Thanks!
08/17/2011 8:24:46 PM CDT
Quiana says ...
Great video! My daughter just turned one so I'm not quite ready to use these tips for her yet, but I like making anything in the crock pot that can be stretched out over a few days for leftovers.
08/17/2011 8:26:37 PM CDT
Marie says ...
Since my son was a toddler, he has eaten cooked, but cold, veggies. (Not exclusively, just saying he'll do either warm or cold.) This worked out well when it came time to pack lunches! I can send leftover broccoli, cauliflower, or green beans straight from the fridge to lunch box for his lunchess. Frozen peas or corn have worked well, too. Night before (or even morning of), put them in the container and then off they go to school! Always great to get veggies in, and not just carrot sticks.
08/17/2011 8:27:18 PM CDT

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