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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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Crystal Campbell says …

Love the video! I try to pack my kids chicken tenders breaded in honey bunches of oats with carrots and some peanut butter for dipping. I also include some grapes or broccoli and some cheese sticks. I give them nutella and Graham crackers for dessert. Yum! They are so excited about their school lunches!!

Joanna says …

I always stick to the staples (with a twist). I like some turkey breast with goat cheese (I found some great goat cheese with honey at our local market) on wheat english muffins. Delicious! Add an apple and some peanut butter on the side and you're good to go!

Darcy says …

I like simple lunches best. One of my favorites is homemade hummus with pita bread, carrot sticks, cucumber and some fruit. Simple and easy to prepare. YUM!

elyse says …

Hi, I have two teens in college right now. Getting them to eat right is very difficult. One took a nutrition course last semester. In that class, she learned that mac and cheese was nutritious! Fortunately, she was raised eating locally and from stores like Whole Foods! We are dairy, and gluten free, so looking for the right container is very important for us. They need something that holds homemade stuff but wont' leak on their school books! (Have you seen the rice of college school books these days!!! Whew!)Thanks, e

Amber says …

What a great combination of WF & the Container Store! I want to thank you for having this and for those that shared their lunch ideas. As a mom with my child heading to kindergarten, I had been concerned for weeks about how to plan and prepare with minimal impact on my schedule which will be changing a lot. Since my daughter likes variety this gives me alot to choose from outside of the standard sandwich and chips menu. I am relieved and happy to have found such a great resource. I will pass this onto others. Thanks again!

gillian bliss says …

I make lunch for my daughter and I 5 days a week. Keeping it interesting is the key. I make trail mix, granola bars and mini muffins at the weekend so I can have different options. Then mini bagels, baked pita bread or crackers to go with cheeses, tuna, sardines or cubed ham. Some times put ham cheese and grapes on skewers always add fresh raw veg such as carrot, celery or broccoli and always a couple of different fruit options. Tube yogurt works well also. Never a dull moment in our lunch box!

Stacey says …

What a great video! My daughter loves cream cheese and jelly on whole wheat bread. It's yummy and nut free!

Sarahleigh Toki says …

My children like a little bit of everything.As long as have something sweet,salty,crunchy & soft.ie: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich on Wheat with Green Apples Slices and Caramel Dip and Ritz Crackers with cheese & Turkey and Ice-Cold Water. I usually Freeze the yogurt and Apple Sauce for a more fun way to eat it!

Stephanie Rosch says …

We lve make your own adventures (veggies, fruits, crackers, cheeses) and then kids can mix and match their FACS and eat in whatever order they choose!

Jenel says …

Tortilla wraps are a nice alternative to sandwiches...even using the same filling they add variety. Turkey and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, cream cheese and shredded veggies...lots of choices!

Benji says …

No kids so my favorite lunch is sushi salmon from Whole Foods with Annie Chun sticky rice. So easy, fast and delicious. I want some now.

Elizabeth says …

Just like everything else, it is all about the packaging! I love to pack the lunches in great containers. It just makes the lunches look more appetizing. When packing a sandwich, I pack the lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, meat, and bread in different little containers to keep it all fresh. I laugh at how many people love to watch you make your "creation". Kids love creating as well. Thank you Whole Foods and The Container Store for pairing up!

Brooke says …

I bring my breakfast, lunch and snacks to work with me everyday. They'd be filled with grassfed burgers topped with half an avocado and some salsa for lunch and maybe some hardboiled eggs and bacon for breakfast, along with some fruit on the side. I would love to win the giveaway so that I can pack everything in new fancy containers instead of my junky old ones that have pretty much bit the dust. Thanks! :)

Daphne says …

Call me old-fashioned, but my favorite lunch is STILL the one that Mom used to pack: peanut butter on whole wheat, carrot & celery sticks, and an apple. It covers the bases for my protein/carb/fiber balance and comfort food flavor. :)

REnee Hester says …

I like to make fun shapes out of sandwiches and make them with nut butter and real fruit spread. I like to add cut up fruit and water in a resuable thermos. We just learned out to make a lunch box pizza that mine loved. I also leave a little note to make them feel special and to remind them they are loved.

Danielle says …

You can't beat hummus and dippers, like flat bread, celery, carrots, bell peppers, and cucumbers. Kids can choose their favorite dippers and then have fun eating finger foods they chose!

amy soden says …

Hmm. fresh tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden tossed with a light vinagrette and just a pinch of feta cheese!

Nina Petrenko says …

My son loves organic baby carrots with some hummus on the side. Organic yougurt with fruit and granola is also a big hit. He also loves string cheese and meatball sandwich. Whole wheat English muffins with sunflower seed butter is both nutritious and delicious.

Shayna K. says …

My Frigoverre Fun containers from The Container Store make perfect lunch box components! Although I love exploring all kinds of foods, I'm actually happy with the consistency of my lunches. There's something calming about having a little routine in what is normally a hectic, even dizzying day. I usually pack a protein (75% of the time it's fish) + veggies + a piece of fruit. My protein could be a piece of grilled salmon leftover from the night before, a can of yellowfin or tongol tuna fish, or, if I'm very prepared, tofu, dal, or leftovers from a pot of stew or soup. My veggies often take the form of a salad -- white beans and tomato, cucumber and mixed greens, etc. -- or leftover veggies. Clearly, leftovers are a pattern for me, but I love them! Whole Foods and The Container Store pair together ever so well to accommodate the "afterlife" of my dinners!

Rose says …

Make little bites in shape of samosas, wontons, or egg rolls, and bake till done. Put into Chinese carry out container with carrot sticks or 'ants on a log.'

Lynn says …

My mother came up with this idea back in the 60s, much to the delight and envy of my, and my siblings, friends. She'd cook hotdogs and put them in pre-heated (with hot water) thermoses (complete with a thread through one end of the hotdog and hanging out the top of the thermos for easy removal without having to tilt the thermos). Then a plastic wrapped hotdog bun and a little bottle (usually an empty and washed pill bottle) filled with mustard would be added to the lunch box. Thus, in days long before microwaves everywhere, we got a hot lunch! We LOVED it!

Katie says …

I love the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

Melanie says …

A small thermos opens up an entire repertoire of hot foods for lunch; heat up leftover from any dinner-spaghetti and meatballs, soups, stir-fry or a nice hot apple crisp.

Alex says …

Nut butters are not only healthy spreads for sandwiches or wraps, but can be a enticing way to get kids to eat their fruits and vegetables! And nut butters come in so many great flavors like those made with soy nuts, almonds, cashews, or macadamia nuts. Great to dip your apples or veggie sticks in!

Renata says …

Packing a healthy whole-grain sandwich loaded with lots of veggies and turkey, complimented by a piece of whole fruit and string cheese with lowfat unflavored milk or water.

Katy says …

My kids are hard to pack for. They like to keep up with the food trends at school but they are both on specialized diets. One child doesn't eat corn, dairy, soy, eggs, chocolate and legumes. The other child is gluten and dairy free. I love to cook but hate to bake so I can't really keep up with the other kids plus I have to work and go to school so I don't have much time available. I am learning fast recipes so I can serve my kids special lunches that aren't time consuming. One of there favorite recipes is chocolate pudding. I love this and if they don't eat any of there other food for the day I know that they still had a healthy meal. I toss in the blender 2 avocados, handful of spinach, 1/4 c of maple syrup, 1/4-1/2 c of water and 1/4c of carob powder and blend. Tastes just like pudding and they love it. I will add to there lunch an apple or apple sauce, perhaps some Mary's Gone Crackers and some tree nuts or a granola that I made. These containers are great and would be a great addition to our school/work lunches. Thank you for soo many wonderful ideas and creations. I really hate using plastic bags and the boys hate having 5 different large containers to open and keep track of.

Will says …

Wrap a banana in a whole wheat tortilla spread with almond butter or soynut butter for a filling and portable treat!

Melissa says …

Reusable containers are so important, as well as ones that store food in a healthy way. Environmentally friendly is the icing on the "cake" of organic and locally grown foods that make up the meal!

Mel says …

An Organic Chicken Wrap paired with some organic baby carrots and celery sticks is a fun lunch for a kid. Plus add some yummy flavored Siggi's Non-Fat Yogurt as a healthy dessert. And in a container that has a cool design and/or in fun colors will be more alluring for the kids to take with them as well as remember to bring back home at the end of the day. :)

DR T says …

Simple Healthy French Lunch Apple Brie Sandwich 1 Mid.-Lrg. Apple 3 Slices of Brie Cheese 3 Slices Baguette Bread Drink: Water "When you eat, Eat well; When you love, make it last long time; When you fight, fight for victory.” ‘HHTHH’

milinda neusaenger says …

I love stackable bento-type boxes for transporting lunch!

Vicky says …

Lately we've been taking 100% whole wheat flatbread and making wraps. You can put turkey, provolone cheese, tomatoes, mustard, or whatever you prefer. Melting the cheese onto the bread makes it even more tasty.

Lori Weidner says …

Nothings better than lunch from home in reusable containers! I pack whole wheat bread with turkey, white cheddar, tomato slices, and spinach spread with ranch dressing then use a large cookie cutter in a fun seasonal shape to either cut off the crusts or to make an impression in the bread. Then toss in some avocado and peach slices with Skim milk to drink. Fun and healthy!

robin says …

sometimes just plain grilled cheese is, well, the cheesiest! just the way my aunt margaret would make it...

Peggy says …

Hummus and fresh veggies are yummy!

Angela says …

Hummus, pita, and veggies, please! That is a recipe that makes my preschooler smile! If we do go with the American classic of PB&J - I am always sure to cut the sandwich with a heart shaped cookie cutter (and I munch on the leftovers!). I agree that teaching our kiddos our responsibilities regarding our earth is such a treat to enforce early and in fun ways! We encourage Abi to pick out her own reusable bag, waterbottle, etc. We love the lunchskins products that are popping up everywhere too!

Lori says …

Loved the video. I liked the variety of ideas that were presented as you know children get bored with their lunches. This gave me alot of different ideas. Loved all the containers. I will be making sure that I make a trip over to the Container store and Whole Foods. Thanks, Lori

Caleb G. Vogel says …

Take whole grain rye bread and spread 365 raw wildflower honey on the bottom slice. What you want to use on top is sliced plum, sliced apricot and sliced cantaloupe. For the filler you must use spreadable fresh non salted goat cheese and on the top slice of rye use dijon mustard. You can prepare on the side microwaved or steamed cauliflower and broccoli drizzled in 365 organic olive oil (good price, excellent value) after cooking. The whole grain rye is a great source of minerals and with the apricot, plum and cantaloupe you will find a variety of phytonutrients vitamins and soluble fiber. Goat cheese a for protein and minerals makes this a truly healthy and gourmet lunch. Bon apetit!

Caleb G. Vogel says …

oh, I actually meant honey dew melons and nectarines!!! aw shoot!

michelle says …

Love the video and love whole foods. I go once a week to whole foods. I don't have kids but what I do for lunch is a salad with fat free feta chesse and almonds and veggies I put that in a reuseable container.

Carmen Henderson says …

This was a very informative video. I'm not one for sushi but those veggie sushi rolls looked so good! I also really like the cube lunch container and the glass silicon-encased bottle. I didn't know all of these things existed and it would be great to be able to buy them. Now if only I could snag a gift card... :)

maricela rebollo says …

most of the times is best for the kids to have a variety of fruits; we like to pack strawberrys blueberries and cherries pitted of course; or bananas oranges and apples; melon hooneydew and watermelon; my grandson luvsss them; the only thing is I have to remind the teacher to keep her and other students hands off my grandson's lunchbag( just kidding I put plenty for him to share; his bag is always empty)

Cynthia Grieco says …

Great information I will visit both stores tomorrow. The comments listed below also me prepare. Thanks

Karen K. Reeder says …

I have many ideas, but the best one - The Sandwich Assembly - If you like your tuna salad to stay fresh on your bread just try this method: 1. Place Tuna Salad in medium container 2. Place your bread of choice in sandwich container 3. Place your pickles in a small container Toss in a bag and go and when you are ready for lunch just assemble all the items and délicieux!

Bets says …

Lunch doesn't have to be a sandwich. How about my favs: hummus and pita bread and veggies cheese and crackers fruit salad and cottage cheese and one square of Hershey's chocolate ;-)

Ashley says …

Udi's multigrain gf bagel with hummus, cheese and sprouts + fruit salad.

Shelly Culbertson says …

I love making all kinds of wraps, and it's great that so many varieties of tortillas are available for this. Almost any kind of leftover can go in there!

Marilyn says …

Thanks for the wonderful video! I'm planning to get some of these for my grandchildren so they can use these with your creative lunch ideas!

Jeannie G says …

Okay, so my 5 yr old in Kindergarten refuses to give up her little princess lunch bag that matches her backpack:-o. I've been having her return the little ziploc bags home to re-use. I can't see just dumping them. It would be great to have reusable containers just her size that fit the lil bag instead! She's the extreme picky eater every parent fears. First week was all pbjs, then I got her to bring hummus on mini pitas...once:-/ She loves fruit, so I milk that. I've packed frozen grapes, strawberries, cream cheese and jelly sandwiches on whole wheat flatbread, frozen organic yogurt, a water kanteen,lemonade, or milk money:-) Maybe a cool, cute container would get her to try new foods.? hmmmm.

Dennie says …

I like to teach my kids by having them be a big part of fixing their lunches, that way I know they are eating what they like. Making our own salad dressings and bringing them in a separate container alongside favorite salad greens and fixings is what we enjoy. I think the kids find a sense of pride in accomplishment when they tell their friends about their creation. A simple lemony vinaigrette with parmesan cheese makes a nice caesar style dressing then pack with some croutons, shredded mozzarella, grape tomatoes and romaine, a complete healthy lunch!

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