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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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Barbara says …

When I pack lunch for my son, I try to make the food healthy and interesting - something that I would eat myself. Often I will back some smoke salmon and crackers or marinated mozzerella and crostini. He also enjoys proscitto wrapped in melon when it is in season. Of course, he also likes the more typical kids lunch I just like to make it a bit more healthy. My "go-to" lunch is sunflower seed butter and honey on a sliced multigrain bread.

Barbara says …

When I pack lunch for my son, I try to make the food healthy and interesting - something that I would eat myself. Often I will back some smoke salmon and crackers or marinated mozzarella and crostini. He also enjoys prosciutto wrapped in melon when it is in season. Of course, he also likes the more typical kids lunch I just like to make it a bit more healthy. My "go-to" lunch is sunflower seed butter and honey on a sliced multigrain bread.

SusanM says …

We especially like wraps for lunch. One favorite uses Thai peanut sauce, cucumbers, slaw and/or sprouts, rice, and chicken or baked seasoned tofu.

Sylvia Morgan says …

Great video! My daughter was just put on a diabetic diet. She is being such a trooper, switching from the school lunches she has always loved to healthy packed lunches. She is making really wise choices and I couldn't be more proud! Veggies chopped with homemade ranch dressing, hummus with whole wheat pita chips and yummy smoothies with vanilla soy milk, fruit and greek yogart. Since this is new for her, we went out a bought a really cute lunch box but really do not have any fun containers. This would make the new "diet" even more fun!

Sara R says …

Great video :) Also like reading about other folks' ideas for lunches - I don't have any kids of my own, but I bring a lunch to school (where I work) every day. It's nice to do something other than leftovers once in a while.

Hua Wang says …

I try to make an ideal lunch that is low in sugar and high in protein and healthy fats. I make sandwiches on whole grain bread or tortilla wraps and salad made from wild salmon (I prepare it just as if I was making tuna salad, only using canned salmon instead). I also like vegetable sandwiches (avocado, mustard, cucumber, carrot and, sometimes, hummus). I usually pack cucumber slices and carrot sticks, cheese and whole grain crackers, plus almonds or walnuts. I make an iced tea that resembles juice (red in color from hibiscus flowers).

Sandra says …

Lots of healthy finger foods is a great way to enjoy (and share) lunch...cut up fruit (fresh and dried), nuts, and veggies--like sungold tomatoes and baby carrots. Throw in some whole grain crackers and cheese slices and you've got a fun and social meal!

Lesley W says …

I like a big lunch. Ideally, I have a protein, a veggie, a fruit and something fun. I'll pack a baked chicken breast with rosemary or cilantro for the protein. I really love veggies like carrots or broccoli dipped in homemade hummus. It is easy to make and you can add different things (like olives) to it for different flavors. For fruit, I like to have whatever is in season - maybe various colorful berries or slices of kiwi or cubed melon. For the treat, I like to spread a little Nutela on the fruit. It is SO GOOD!!!

Sharon W says …

Mini grilled cheese sandwiches using different cheeses with tomatoes on wheat bread. Add fresh, seasonal fruits cut into different shapes w/ cookie cutters as a snack/dessert. Throw in Pirate's Booty too.

ann says …

Love all the lunch ideas and the cute and useful containers

Kelly says …

Sliced ham and swiss cheese rolled up in lettuce leaves for a quick lunch and a side of grapes.

Lisa says …

We love to cut apples into thin wedges, then pack them with a small container of "Dipping sauce" that I make by mixing together plain yogurt and a spoonful of peanut butter.

Sarah L says …

I add a note every day to say something good. Thanks for the contest.

Kate McLaughlin says …

As an elementary school teacher, I pack a snack and lunch daily. The children observe and often copy the food items that I bring. I've introduced many children to healthy food items that they had never tried. After observing me enjoy hummus and carrots, children also pack that as a snack. I've also learned to pack healthy food rewards instead of candy. I was pleased to learn that children are just as excited to earn a healthy reward (carrot stick, dry cereal, etc) as they are a sugary one. Packing food is an important part of my day. I'd love some new containers from The Container Store!

Rebecca Rury says …

I love to put a couple tablespoons of almond butter in a small container, and accompany it with carrot sticks, apple slices and crackers!

Linda W. says …

A fun lunch is to cut cheese into cubes or thin slices, along with some crackers and grapes.

Joy S says …

My daughter Grace,8, has a variety of food allergies and loves to experiment with different food combinations. Sometimes it is hummus and green olives stuffed with garlic. She always shares with her best friend Maddie, who even asks her Mom to pack some of our creations! Thanks Whole Foods for giving us such great organic food!

Bridget says …

Hi- I use whole wheat bread and make ham or turkey sandwiches with cheese and tomatoes and then use alphabet shaped cookie cutters to cut out for a fun way. Sometimes I spell words with the sandwiches to make use of all of the bread.

Gabrielle says …

I love nut butters, no sugar or salt, just ground organic nuts, spread on whole wheat/seed bread, with fruit spreads. I add some carrot sticks, or baby carrots, organic, an apple, some fresh organic blueberries, and maybe cherry tomatoes on the side.

Paige says …

This is great. Just a note though, a lot of classrooms are now nut free, peanuts and tree nuts. So that knocks out several of your items.

Suzanne B says …

I love shrimp and grilling them is a must. So I grill them on the BBQ then cut them up and either in a pan heat up butter and garlic and put it over the shrimp or you can make a shrimp salad with mayo, dill, garlic salt, parsley, onion powder, put it in the fridge in a container over night and yummy salad for the next day. you can put this over lettuce or pasta or on a sandwich, eat it with crackers etc...

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