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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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Donna Mae says …

I used to pack raw veggie strips with some hummus, some whole grain crackers, a piece of fruit, either a thermos of kefir. Sometimes I would pack soups or stews to be taken in thermos bottle to stay warm. I use whole foods to send my son off to school when he was young. He carries this on to this day with his kids soon to start school next week.

Melanie says …

A thermos adds another repertoire of hot- entrees, leftovers from dinner warmed; spaghetti and chicken meatballs, stirfry, soups or a hot apple crisp.

Angie R says …

Great subject! I find with my kids, who all three have special needs and special dietary needs (gluten free, casein free, most soy, peanut free, and one child is also egg free) Whole Foods offers the best selection and opportunity for well rounded nutrition instead of just always buying processed "replacement foods"...paired up with my second favorite store ever...the Container Store! What a great combo! I usually make sure to get the kids involved with not only the prep of meals, but ALSO the shopping and planning too! Even for kids with all ability levels, it's easy to get them involved, you can use picture shopping lists for pre-readers, and I even found if you have some staples you tend to always get, you can make the picture cards and laminate them with a piece of velcro on the back (1x1in or 2x2 in pics) and laminate the list card, so kids can make their lists by adding the cards to the list card or going even a little more simple, you can use a small dry erase board where kids can check off the list, and even practice writing the lists too! Sure, the Velcro picture cards seem like a little bit of work, and honestly, they are, but nothing more than 45 mintues of total project time, to be able to be used for a very long time, many many shopping trips...and then once made, you can even leave it in the car and have the lids place their list items onto their lists in the car on the way (or bus/train/etc) to the store...all sorts of ideas to make the shopping trip fun and personalized to keep the kids Involved and hang fun, whole learning about food and responsibility at the same time...and once you do sit down one time for under an hour or so to print/make the pictures and laminate them ((heck kids can help with this too)), the time and energy and frstration of boredom you face in the future store trips all because the kids are now involved, well, that's priceless, to me at least! Ok, so that's shopping, then I make sure to involve them according to ability with prep too, and even helping plan one or two of the aspects of their meal.,maybe Tuesday's they know they pick the fruit, then weds they pick veggie, thurs snack, etc...I find usually even my picky eaters will try something new as long as they got to have control over part of the choice process.. And packing...I have to say I am in love with the blue cube container in the video! I also found the cuter and smaller finger foods work best especially because the get to have more variety as well as it's quicker to eat I think.,oh, and DIPS, let's say I cram a ton of vitamins Into homemade salsa, or even buying salsa and then let's say finely chopping spinach into it, or other goodies! Yum and for the most part can hide just about anything into salsa or other dips!...and last tip....search online for "kids bento lunches" and you can see then how fun and exciting, and EASY it is to get fun and exciting and cool finger foods into kids lunches that can be super nutritious without being "dry bread with seeds and crummy health food as I thought if it as a kid! Lol!"...bento style lunches plus whole foods plus container store.,one happy and healthy mealtime for home or on the go/school/etc!!!

Annabelle Baldasari says …

I do not have kids, but I found this video very informative. I did not know that the lunch meat at Whole Foods is nitrate and nitrite free. Also, these ideas are good for my own lunches to take to work. I like the different packaging options at the container store. Thank you.

Justin Marino says …

A fun and nutritious lunch would include a sandwich of thinly sliced garlic and a slice of organic rice cheese on a calcium rich bun.

Howell says …

I like to mix chopped up pickles with mashed up leftover salmon for a sandwich filling.

Ginny Tyler says …

I like to leave messages in my husband's sandwiches. For ex: an organic nut spread would have words "written in" to it with the knife - or an organic, preservative free deli meat sandwich would have actual words written in the mustard. I joke with him that "by accepting this lunch, you are accepting the terms to which are in them" - which is usually things like "I love you", "Ur Mine", or "Have a good day". For our 2 year old daughter, I like to break her lunch up into face parts so that it looks like she is eating a funny face. She loves it!

Haley Unger says …

I love variety with packed lunches, different fruits and snacks so there is a little of everything good in fun little packages. My favorite sandwich currently is chickpea salad, it is the tuna or chicken salad of the vegan world. So yummy!

michelle says …

I like to use Ezekel sprouted grain tortillas spread with natural PB and shredded carrot.Yummy and nutritious.

Shawn Baldwin says …

That was such a great video because it reminded the viewer of all the 'why's' to being thoughtful about food choices and products choices. It also gave some much needed examples of both, to make it easy and inspiring to add into my family's diet and routine. Thank you Whole Foods and Container Store!

Lori S. says …

With outstanding ideas already here, the only comment I can add is that my son recently asked me for some "tupperware" to bring back to college with him. He plans to bring back food from the dining common to his dorm room....??? I guess his school really deserved being in the top 10 for college food! He would really enjoy some Container Store items:)

tara greco says …

Peanut butter on celery stalks with raisins on top.

Erin K says …

I'm super excited to try reusable sandwich bags from The Container Store this school year! What a great way to lessen my impact and have a cute lunch!

hheather fox says …

small containers of fruit and cheese/meat with crackers and a healthy drink

Phoenix says …

Dried fruits & nuts, sunflower seeds & roasted pumpkin seeds.

ginn says …

Sunflower seed butter is great and doesn't require refrigeration.

Megan M says …

When I cook in the evening I usually make enough so that I can pack my lunch the next day. I'm interested in non-plastic (BPA free) containers.

Kristy says …

My kids used to LOVE potato chips. I used them as a means to get them to eat some healthier foods in conjunction. A fave of theirs was using the chips as dippers for plain or chive cottage cheese, and for hummus along with carrots and celery sticks. Also they made up this sandwich: Wheat bread, peanut butter, crushed potato chips and either banans or raisins for a sandwich. A few chips can go a long way to getting fussy eaters to enjoy more wholesome foods.

Barbara says …

Make everything homemade as much as possible!

Taunia says …

GREAT ideas! I have to admit I was absorbing more than I feel like I can contribute!! My kindergarten-bound daughter watched with me, and she suggested edamame and carrots for a veggie side dish. And she is a big fan of the "Take a Dip" container for carrots and celery with ranch dressing.

Beth Engman says …

Sometimes I like to make peanut butter and jelly wraps for the kids. They love it. I also make some with lettuce, cucumbers, meat and cheese and put some ranch dressing on there and they love those too! They also always take some fruit or carrots.

Elena Shaochis says …

My kids' favorite thing in a lunch is a toothpick! They love that it makes eating fun or fancy. Who doesn't want to have fun in the cafeteria? It is great for fruit, soft vegetables and cheese cubes.

grace thorne says …

well i LOVE the container store and i LOVE lunch as well so this is a great opportunity! i'm an adult and my idea of a fun and nutritious lunch is turkey, lettuce, tomato and sometimes bacon bits on whole grain bread, some fruit like grapes, melon or figs; something crunchy like cuke spears or carrot chunks and maybe some sugar-free jello or pudding. sometimes i'll also tuck in some hummus and crackers for a snack...yummm!

Beth clayton says …

I always enjoyed pinwheels. There are so many different varieties you can make. I like nacho with some cheddar or mozzarella cheese and a little salsa. Other options include pizza pinwheels, turkey and cheese or pepperoni. Just spread on bread dough, roll into a log, cut into pieces and bake. So quick and easy. As a kid it was fun to unroll them and eat.

Jaimie O. says …

Being Gluten-Free, I'll often bring corn tortillas or GF wraps to work, grilled chicken, cheese, black beans, sliced peppers and tomatoes and make quesadillas (in the microwave) between damp paper towels. Something different and easy to pack the ingredients to make them for a lunch or two! My other staple is always hummus and fresh cut up veggies with fresh fruit as dessert :)

Megan Henry says …

Baguette with chevre in place of mayo, topped with anything delicious that's available: avocado, sun-dried or fresh tomatoes, chicken, arugula, pesto, a pinch of salt & pepper. Frozen boxed low-fat chocolate milk as a treat for my daughter keeps food cold but melts in time for lunch on hot summer days. Fruit, carrot sticks- maybe a small treat, and we're done!

Leah Richardson says …

I LOVED your video on school lunch ideas. My daughter Fiona really likes a whole grain wrap with smoked turkey, lettuce, mustard, apple slices (sliced thin) and a slice of her favorite cheese. She is also a big fan of guacamole, and loves to dip pita chips in it. Thanks for the video, even more ideas to use.

Maryann says …

My sons love when I use cookie cutters to cut thier sandwiches...it is a nice surprise when they open thier lunch.

Therese Breault says …

We are always packing little containers of fruit, veggies, leftove meats and dipping sauces. I am always searching for the perfect containers for small salads,and condiments for the salads. I love a lunch packed with beautiful colors, varied tastes and treats to make the kids smile and look forward to eating their lunches.

susie says …

my kids (6 and 7) love honey toast (just honey drizzled on toast!), carrots, apples, whole wheat pasta with olive oil & salt...

Paula Houston says …

Great video! Can't wait to visit the Container Store.

Deanna says …

My three kids love to help in the kitchen. It's lots of fun for them when they prepare there own meals, they get very creative. By far one of their favorites is mini pizzas. Starting with a glueten free English muffin, then marinara sauce or a basil pesto sauce, then adding Daiya dairy free cheese. Different veggies are chosen each time, cut into small pieces & stored in a separate container & added later.

Connie Edwards says …

Great ideas for lunch - good for young & old alike. Got to admit I'm getting tired of those 'grocery store' models that can only be used 3-8 times before they have to be thrown out. Heading over to the Container Store today to check things out!

Patricia says …

Use plastic bento boxes (available inexpensively online if you can't find them locally) to pack lunches. They help control portions and allow for lots of variety in the form of little compartments that seem like a new surprise every day. It's an easy way to get in several different tastes of fruits and veggies.

Kathleen says …

My daughter is starting Kindergarten so I'm looking for ideas for variety...she loves pomegranate, mini frittatas and ham sandwiches... but we'll need lots of new ideas for 5 days/week! Thanks!

C Dreger says …

Loved the veggie sushi and sushi container. That might be something my very picky eater might actually eat. We are going to try that out tonight. Thanks for the great tip!

Cindy says …

Guacamole and pita chips is a favorite and the 7 layer mexican dip is a great fun to make with the kids and all the possibilites with the ingredients. Very nutritious. Pretzel thins are another nice crunchy food to add with the dips that make a meal.

Pam Havens says …

We base our lunch on the colors of the rainbows, so we know just how many fruits & veggies we are getting in our diet. Simplicity is what we like to have for lunch & lots of finger foods, hummus & pita, almond butter & honey sandwiches, some days you just have to have dark chocolate as part of the menu :)

ann-laurie says …

My packing-lunches-for-kids-days are over. However, packing healthy lunches is not just for kids. I bring my lunch (and breakfast) to work every day. It would be great to have a selection of reusable insulated containers in addition to the ones shown in the video. To prevent sogginess, I often pack sandwich items separately and put them together when it's time to eat. The container used for the sushi in the video would be perfect for that purpose as would the beverage and snack container.

Deedle says …

Kids are grown, but some of their favorites were cut veggies with huumus or yogurt dip, mild cheese cubes,organic peanut butter and banana or jelly on good bread, frozen sliced fruit or grapes, and a note slipped into their lunch, (discreetly) about how great there are and how much I loved them. I usually drew funny face or other picture.

Liz says …

I try to keep it interesting with a variety of colors of foods.

Alissa says …

Love snack-like lunches - veggie sticks, hummus, bite-size fruit, and crackers. Kind of like a lunchable but healthier!

Kat says …

A thermos of soup or stew with some breadsticks or a roll for dipping is always nice - especially as Fall comes!

Emily G says …

Here's a fun idea: ants on a log in a toothbrush container! Obviously a new clean one from Container Store. Just make sure your celery is cut to size, add organic peanut butter and raisins and you're done! Kids will love the surprise of what's inside!

amber says …

Great informative video. My kids love sushi, so making our own new combinations at home makes them look forward to lunch. Avocado and cooked salmon rolls are the favorite at the moment

Carrie says …

I love to give my daughter whole grain pasta with chicken and whatever fresh veggies are in season. A little garlic and olive oil, sprinkle of cheese - perfectly balanced lunch!

Lynn says …

I'm hooked on organic peanut butter sandwiches for lunch - they are wonderful and so very, very easy!

Jodi Castallo says …

My daughter is Gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg free so it is a challenge but she loves the new almond yogurt Wholefoods is carrying and I always try to put some veggies and dip in her lunch.

Carissa says …

I love packing leftover grilled bean burgers with carrots & hummus.

SAB says …

My kids are happy when we give them a thermos of milk and a bag of cereal that they can pour into it. Since they usually eat cooked food for breakfast, a bowl of cereal is a good lunch "treat".

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