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Jessica says ...
I use left over chicken to make a healthy chicken salad. I dice the chicken and mix it with plain non-fat greek yogurt, honey mustard, celery and salt and pepper. Sometimes I add grapes or sliced almonds for a little sweet or crunch. I eat it with crackers or in a wrap. Yummy. Simple. Delish.
08/18/2011 10:23:34 AM CDT
Jessica OBryan says ...
Here is a TASTY and HEALTHY meal for kids and adults! - Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Gardenburger patty with Whole Foods Multigrain Batard loaf and organic ketchup and mustard. - Ants on a Log = Celery sticks filled with organic peanut butter with raisins lined along the center on top of the peanut butter (looks like ants in a line on a log!) - Newman O's Cookies
08/18/2011 10:23:39 AM CDT
Jean says ...
I use whole grain tortillas with cream cheese or a nut butter and fruit, granola, or vegetables. I really need to get a new lunch container for my son. The stores had little kid themes but not really anything appropriate for an older boy. Guess I'll be heading to the Container Store!
08/18/2011 10:26:47 AM CDT
Joanna says ...
I like to make curry chicken salad made with Greek yogurt instead of mayo, with celery, lemon juice, grapes, onion, and dill/curry spices to serve over greens for lunch. It packs nicely and my co-workers are always so jealous. :)
08/18/2011 10:28:24 AM CDT
Rebecca says ...
I try to mix up my kid's lunches every day so they don't get bored. But, I do include something from each food group: string cheese, GF pretzels, fruit, veggies and protein (lots of hard boiled eggs!). I use a TON of plastic bags, which I hate. And I keep meaning to get some great containers....thanks for reminding me!
08/18/2011 10:28:36 AM CDT
Rocio says ...
I love Whole Foods & the container store!!! Being organized is very important to me. I plan lunches ahead of time to save me time and money. I also like to make a different lunch meal daily - that way it isn't so boring.
08/18/2011 10:28:52 AM CDT
Cara says ...
For lunch, we have a fresh tortilla, sprinkled with a small amount of shredded cheese (moz or cheddar) and heated in the microwave for 30-45 seconds. It's easier than fast food, and healthy. If you want to be super healthy, try whole wheat tortillas and add salsa, chicken, veggies, etc.
08/18/2011 10:30:18 AM CDT
stacy isermann says ...
Love these ideas! Making lunches are always a challenge leaving me sometimes using the school lunch as a clutch which also leaves me feeling guilty! We are definitely making a trip to Whole Foods (which isn't exactly convenient to where we live) this weekend and stocking up and hopefully making it a family ritual. I am very motivated by this video! I had no idea they also offered these containers. Our grocers offered limited health food options so this will be a nice shopping opportunity. Thank you!
08/18/2011 10:35:45 AM CDT
Maneesha says ...
We pack more then just lunches, snacks for various sports too. The ideas were helpful & the container match the need we have. Specially the one with a sauce container. It would be great to win products from stores that I love already.
08/18/2011 10:36:03 AM CDT
Katharyn Woods says ...
Our five year old has two favourites. 1) Yogurt with a drizzle of honey and fruit underneath (she loves to mix in the fruit herself). 2) Chopped veggies (especially red peppers) with a homemade dipping sauce (homemade greek yogurt ranch, balsamic vinaigrette etc).
08/18/2011 10:39:09 AM CDT
Anastasia Blackwood says ...
I am always looking for a way to incorporate healthy eating to my kids in their lunches.
08/18/2011 10:39:48 AM CDT
Shannon Gladieux says ...
Letting kids shop for food makes them more excited to eat that food. I always pack whole grains. Finger food is the best! I also think water should be consumed with ever meal, so a reusable container is a must!
08/18/2011 10:42:26 AM CDT
Joy says ...
Sliced apple, kettle corn, chocolate zucchini cake and one we do a lot is bean/cheese burrito (on a tortilla): very simple mash pinto beans, put on tortilla add cheese and melt in toaster oven.
08/18/2011 10:42:29 AM CDT
Shari Sprigle says ...
My children love hummus or peanut butter with pita chips and fresh veggies as dippers. I pack them seperately so the chips and veggies stay crisp otherwise the dips tend to spill into the other side of the 2-part container. But the lunch that makes them laugh is when I carve a funny face in the sandwich bread top piece. Not a smiley face but a goofy one:-}
08/18/2011 10:44:52 AM CDT
stephanie torres says ...
Their favorite fruit every day and vege every day, if that is what they like that is what they get. Plus a happy note reminding them how much I appreciate them and their efforts.
08/18/2011 10:48:57 AM CDT
Rachel Hockett says ...
Today I packed my Kindergartner's lunch, and she chose all the items, which still surprises me.... Whole grain pita pocket with tuna & fresh spinach. Small container of plain yogurt with a little honey & granola for flavor & texture. (plus powdered probiotics, but she doesn't know about that) :) Half of a granny smith apple. And 1 organic carrot, which she wanted long, but I had to cut it in half so it would fit in het lunchbox ;) I also included a tiny box of organic apple juice. And bottled water, of course. I wish that she had some containers that keep her healthy food fun & exciting. She was sad because she did not get the snack that the others got, which had ' rainbow colored circles', something I am having trouble competing with.
08/18/2011 10:50:21 AM CDT
Debra Dunham says ...
Thanks for the video; it had some really neat ideas. I usually make my granddaughter's lunch in the a.m. and she likes the same things all the time and if I try to change it she will notice. She is not much of a bread eater and prefers to have her peanut butter on an apple or celery sticks. The lunch is basically cut-up pieces of fruit (apples and oranges) and one slice of bread with a little mayo and white american cheese (only Wholefoods will do). Again thanks for the ideas.
08/18/2011 10:52:27 AM CDT
Alishia says ...
I like to make my own yogurt cups. The night before I will chop up fresh fruit like peaches, strawberries or mango, put in in the bottom of a small,lidded reusable container, fill with plain yogurt and drizzle with honey. My son is not school aged yet but this helps on busy mornings not to mention the health and economical benefits.
08/18/2011 10:59:33 AM CDT
Betty says ...
I have an abundance of basil & cucumbers this time of year. Makes a delicious sandwich with a little cream cheese or hummus.
08/18/2011 11:04:47 AM CDT
Becky says ...
We are big fans of dips! Guacamole, hummus, and greek yogurt usually goes with carrots or other veggies, cheese cubes, and of course, pita.
08/18/2011 11:05:21 AM CDT
manasa says ...
The container store has wonderful Tellfresh® Lunch Kits and Flip-Top Snack Cup..these are good to take lunch or snacks for kids..I love them..whole foods products in these boxes would be a great idea..healthy and affordable..
08/18/2011 11:05:59 AM CDT
Michelle Fenn says ...
WOW, this was so very helpful, as well as all of the comments. I never thought of sushi for lunches, my kids will be so happy. Thanks for all of the insights.
08/18/2011 11:09:06 AM CDT
Beth Mickens says ...
I have so much fun making lunch; especially when they revolve around a theme! For example, if I feel like making an Asian dish for lunch, I'll pack a Sesame Noodle and Tofu bowl packed with veggies then pack edamame, lychees and rice snacks for snacks! All around asian inspired lunch! Or when a holiday comes around, like Thankgiving, pack some tofurkey and mashed potatoes with gravy and green beans for lunch. Then for snacks, fall spiced trail mix of dried cranberries and walnuts and an apple. Making lunches around holidays or themes makes it fun and creativefor both kids and adults. A fun lunch is always a "gone" lunch :)
08/18/2011 11:09:50 AM CDT
Erika Harpe says ...
I do use a similar container (a bento box) only because my children are smaller and the small compartments make it easier to give more healthy choices!
08/18/2011 11:10:14 AM CDT
Crystal Wooten says ...
I have four girls, three of them are triplets age 6 the other is age 9, that I am creating healthy lunches for weekly through out the school year and summers as well. It can be very overwhelming to say the least. I often shop at Trader Joe's for great lunch items to fix quickly in the mornings to add to their lunches. However this year I want to try and add more home made items and one thing that I have found over the summer that is quick and I can create a variety from is fritters. I can combine most veggies and some different types of meat, although I try to create mostly vegetarian meals. So for this school year once a week at least I will be making quick fritters to add to their lunches just recently we had zucchini fritters for lunch they were quick to make and my girls eat them up quickly. Thank you for the video as I am always on the search for more recipes for the family dinners and lunch Sincerely Crystal 2042 Champlost Ave Philadelphia, PA 19138
08/18/2011 11:12:01 AM CDT

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