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kristina wittchen says ...
I like to give my daughter homemade hummus and red peppers for lunch.
08/19/2011 5:28:37 AM CDT
Madeline says ...
I don't have children in school anymore, but my recent college graduate who began working a few months ago likes to take his lunch to work. He takes sandwiches, but doesn't like plain sliced bread (without being toasted)and so, he takes sandwiches made on rolls, such as pistolettes. The sandwich doesn't get soggy and has a better texture than sliced bread.
08/19/2011 3:35:02 PM CDT
Jacque Zannini says ...
1 whole wheat tortilla shell spread with organic peanut butter place a banana at one edge and roll up. This travels really well for the day. You can be creative and add organic jam or jelly's, raisens, honey, the list goes on. Thank you, and thanks for the video.
08/20/2011 2:51:54 AM CDT
Anna Hendricks says ...
I like to make sure that my husband gets a great nutritional bang in his packed lunch. Dehydrated cherry tomatoes mixed with raw almonds is an amazing combo for a snack. For his lunch, a turkey hummus wrap with lettuce, tomato and cucumber with a fruit (whichever is in season). AND I like to make his favorite muffins for a treat, which are loaded with fiber and natural sugars like banana, applesauce, molasses and Stevia :)
08/19/2011 9:32:25 PM CDT
Rachel says ...
Hummus and veggies wrapped in lettuce.
08/19/2011 10:16:22 PM CDT
kris mccabe says ...
My 10 and 13 year old prefer lunches made up of snacks-fruit, nuts, crackers. Sometimes a wrap, but never a sandwich.
08/17/2011 7:37:48 PM CDT
Regina says ...
I'm surprised there were no thermos lunches. Left over soups, stews and pastas are great lunches and heat up quick in the morning.
08/17/2011 7:37:40 PM CDT
Ecotechie says ...
To prevent my daughters tomato & goat cheese sandwiches from getting soggy ,I butter the roll and put the sliced tomatoes and the goat cheese in separate chilled containers. She assembles them in school or eats them separately.
08/17/2011 7:37:55 PM CDT
lindsey says ...
I love to pack hummmus with fresh veggie "sticks" and a whole wheat pita.
08/17/2011 7:37:56 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
dias says ...
i lived in japan as a kid so, i like to do the obento style lunches. with eggs with paces on it and animal and hello kitty sandwhiches. i do rice and vegan chicken to sandwhich shaps and egg shaps and veggie sticks.
08/17/2011 9:07:23 PM CDT
cheryl says ...
We love raw almond butter on brown rice cakes. Little containers of balsamic vinegar to dip cut veggies into. Little containers of almonds. Greek yogurt too! Yummy!
08/17/2011 9:24:47 PM CDT
sue may says ...
Have your kids help make sandwich "wraps" using whole wheat tortillas, and then cut them into pinwheels. Fun and easy to eat!
08/17/2011 9:26:22 PM CDT
Robyn says ...
Bunny butter wraps!!! Take shredded carrots and mix with unsweetened peanut butter, mix in some raisins and spread on a whole wheat wrap. I like to put sliced celery in mine too for a nice crunch!!!
08/17/2011 11:46:39 PM CDT
Lisa says ...
Since my daughter didn't have lunch until 1:00 in the afternoon, her lunches always contained healthy snacks she could eat throughout the morning. Some of her favorites would be the applesauce that comes in a pouch & the little Babybel lite cheeses with pretzels. as long as the snacks weren't messy, her teachers let her eat because five hours is a long time to wait for lunch.
08/17/2011 10:53:47 PM CDT
saver says ...
Like for us adults, so for the kids: I've found in order to be eaten, lunch has to be visually interesting and colorful. That's about more than just entertainment value. The kids get about 15-20 mins for lunch. that includes getting their lunch boxes, eating, putting it away, getting back to learning. And of course, that includes chatter and distraction from classmates etc. So I try to pack as much color and shape interest as I can, and I also try to find things that fill multiple nutrional needs at once. We're a 100% organic household, so everything is already free of artifice, but I work to make it low sugar, low sodium and high in the natural goodnesses. A whole grain something is in every lunch: tea sandwiches cut into fun shapes with cookie cutters. the sandwiches are always made on 100% whole grain bread with peanut butter and strawberries or bananas, or with veggies like cukes etc. Or sometimes it's a mini whole wheat rollup (for little hands to hold easily) with some homemade chicken and greens and tomatoes. Or apple and cheese. I change up the fillings, focusing on what's in season, nutritional balance and visual appeal. A little colorful salad as a side is in every lunch. For example, a sprouted lentil salad with fresh veggies - cukes, tomatoes, potatoes, fresh herbs - is both colorful and cruchy and gets in protein and carbs, plus vitamins and fiber. Or even chopped veggies tossed with some feta. colorful, and multiple nutritional benefits. or brown rice with veggies and tomatoes baked in the oven to make a spanish rice kind of rice. or quinoa with veggies. sometimes they'll get crispy baked veggies instead (again in fun shapes) of the side salad: zucchini crisps, sweet potato "fries", kale chips, etc... Fruits cut out with cookie cutters to make fun shapes are desserts in every lunch. i try to make lunch time big on fruits and veggies, and don't send meats to lunch more than once or twice a week, just because there's always a fish/seafood/chicken/turkey/beef etc component to dinner, and because i worry about food storage etc. Plus lunch has to not smell potent - opening a lunch box and getting a big whiff of tuna doesn't play over well. so my emphasis is on dairy, veggies, fruit, grains. and of course on shape, size, color - I try to make lunch box looks like it's out of a fun storybook, full of fun shapes and nifty surprises.
08/18/2011 4:48:26 AM CDT
JW says ...
I have always liked peanut butter with fluff.
08/18/2011 6:03:39 AM CDT
Angelamaria says ...
Thanks for the tips and for showing how I can keep milk fresh. I had tried putting it in a thermos several times, but it always spoiled by lunchtime. With the jelpack it should keep for several hours.
08/18/2011 5:58:35 AM CDT
MARIAN says ...
This video is great! With just a little organization, money and time you can send your kids off knowing that they have a great meal which will serve them well throughout their important school day. The specialized containers are key also! Thanks.
08/18/2011 6:06:28 AM CDT
Kristie says ...
Really cute ideas! In fact, I am more inspired to pack fun, little lunches for MYSELF! I work at a high school and enjoy role-modeling good, healthy eating habits for our students. My daughter is all-grown-up now, so I had forgotten to keep lunch packing fun. Thanks for your ideas! I will add them to my own clever ones...
08/18/2011 5:06:00 PM CDT
Craig says ...
Turkey burger with kale chips or fruit salad.
08/20/2011 1:03:48 AM CDT
stephanie says ...
A portable lunch container with dividers from the Container Store would have made it much easier to transport my lunch from home to office! I didn't want all of my salad ingredients to mix until right before serving. If I win I could buy a better lunch carrier - I love to try new healthy recipes and need a way to take them on the go. Thanks!
08/23/2011 4:59:37 PM CDT
Michelle Chantre says ...
One great idea for my 2 children is to put stickers on each item that have encouraging sayings like great job, yum yum, energy...all with funny faces as well to encourage my children to eat and have fun and to avoid switching lunches with the child next to them because then I don't know really what they are putting in their bodies. They love to take wholesome crackers and put different toppings on them-hummus,peanutbutter, cheeses,chocolate, turkey and tomatoe... I love all the suggestions in the video above form whole foods and the Container Store- I would love to win such a generous prize :) Thank you
08/20/2011 6:29:48 AM CDT
Mark Smith says ...
I like having the confidence that in addition to holding healthy foods, the containers themselves don't introduce unhealthy chemicals either.
08/20/2011 6:14:51 AM CDT
Annie says ...
Take them shopping with you! They are sure to eat things that they themselves have picked out and asked for!
08/20/2011 12:18:43 PM CDT

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