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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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Sheena says …

You can never go wrong with PB and Banana on a whole wheat wrap...It tastes different than the traditional sandwich, but it is just as good:)

Arlene Steele says …

Using recycled paper, place a note, a joke, a brain-teaser, or a puzzle in your child's lunch container, something to make them smile!

Annette says …

My daughter loves to see how many little containers of different foods she can fit into her lunch box. Each container has something with a different color, so we try to create a rainbow of foods for her lunch. This helps me get more variety in her lunch and it challenges her packing skills too!

Cori says …

I think making "bento" box style lunches is fun for the kids. They don't actually realize how healthy the lunch is. They just see it as fun little buffet!

Rachelle says …

I love packing hummus trays! I'll put hummus in one container and then pack all kinds of veggies, pita, or crackers in another. It's a great healthy lunch and I'll also usually pack an apple or some kind of protein with my lunch.

Carolyn Lautzenheiser says …

I love these containers....Individual spaces in these containers are wonderful & really fun when filled with a combination of colorful vegis in different shapes & colors(make in advance a supply of mandoline/peeler/processor sliced carrot curled strips, cucumber coins, julienned celery & red pepper, broccoli trees, thin crisp raw sweet potato slices, etc.) served with a mini container of yogurt dill dip. Sandwiches (varieties of breads & fillings)cut with cookie cutters in circles, triangles, squares,or rolled with a variety of fillings & if they are young top with garnishes of shredded cheese, olive slices or raisins on top making faces,cars or things (remember the fun "bumps on a log" w/ celery, peanut butter, raisins?) Bar garnishing tools work great...even bite size pieces of fruit in a variety of colors.....using fresh & healthy ingredients in a fun way brings imiginagion and enjoyment to a meal at an early age....if it's not a surprise, let your child help assemble ...... and there is always room for an encouraging note inside!

Carolyn Lautzenheiser says …

Individual spaces in these containers are wonderful & really fun when filled with a combination of colorful vegis in different shapes & colors(make in advance a supply of mandoline, peeler or processor sliced carrot curled strips, cucumber coins, julienned celery & red pepper, broccoli trees, thin crisp raw sweet potato slices, etc.) served with a mini container of yogurt dill dip. Sandwiches (varieties of breads & fillings)cut with cookie cutters in circles, triangles, squares,or rolled in variety of fillings & if they are young with garnishes of shredded cheese, olive slices or raisins on top making faces,cars or things (remember the fun "bumps on a log" w/ celery, peanut butter, raisins?) Bar garnishing tools work great...even bite size pieces of fruit in a variety of colors.....using fresh & healthy ingredients in a fun way brings imiginagion and enjoyment to a meal at an early age....if it's not a surprise, let your child help assemble ...... and there is always room for an encouraging note inside!

Melissa says …

We homeschool, but still often pack lunches since we're out so much. My kids love themed lunches. We've done this by color, by letter of the alphabet, by shape, and by culture. They love to participate and it's a lot of fun!

Jill says …

Caprese salad. It's so easy and so simple. Slices of fresh organic mozzarella, thick slices of homegrown tomatoes and a few fresh basil leaves on top. To finish it off, pour a little reduced balsamic vinegar concoction. It only takes a few minutes and it's so delicious and fresh!

Jan Smyth says …

I think apples and peanut butter would be great in the dipping container, or celery and carrots with feta cheese dip.

MICHELINE WATROUS says …

I found our four loved food that was already cut up and bite-sized but I always included brightly colored cocktail forks or frilly decorated toothpicks and even little paper umbrellas. There is something about "spearing" your grapes that makes them much more desirable as a snack!

Sandra K says …

Very interesting video and great container concepts.

Colleen Walsh says …

As a kid, I always loved when my mom changed things up. Even just a different flavor of jelly or type of bread was exciting! I especially loved when she packed things that could be dipped. It made lunch fun!

Melissa says …

I love this. I am sending my husband to Container store ASAP. I want the sandwich/snack holders.

pamela wood says …

as a mostly spanish family, we make lots of black beans and rice - the leftovers make a great lunch with roasted peppers, a small container of chili salsa and handful of tortilla chips. a container of sliced banana or mango makes the perfect dessert.

irma says …

We have 4 lunches to pack this year- husband, 1St daughter & son in college and 2nd daughter in Dual credit at ACC. Each of them make their own lunches. Each one picks a fruit and their of choice, sandwich along with chips and cookies. We are trying to get used to bring water in their own reusable water bottles rather than using bought water bottles this year. Adding fresh veggies with dip and fruit (sliced apples in a bag with water and ice to keep them fresh). Hope I win, I have a big list of containers and reusable products that I dream of buying.

Linda says …

Since my daughter has to eat gluten free I use a corn tortilla put a thin piece of gf lunch meat either ham or turkey on this sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese microwave until the cheese melts and then roll it up for a delicious tortilla roll up for lunch.

stacey fields says …

loved the containers and lunch ideas. would add sliced vegetables and low fat dips, frozen grapes and pineapple chunks and granola or low fat muffins for dessert

Lily Kwan says …

I like to have pasta salad with yogurt, string cheese, and fruit juice.

Kaylynn Knauff and Nik Martin says …

We always try to have Nik's nephew help make the food we eat. So, if we make cookies one day of the week, his nephew could take them in his lunch that week for a treat. We try to have some thing familiar as well as at least one new food for every meal! We try to keep all packaged foods out of our meals as well as make our own bread, et cetera. If we received the gift card, we would use it to buy stuff for Nik's nephew: he is heading to kindergarten this fall! :)

Denise says …

Packing smart lunches can be nutritious but also help little ones with basic life skills. Apple slices in one and sunbutter in another allows them to spread their own goodness! Plus, with nut allergies abundant and peanut butter bans, Sunbutter is a great and delicious alternative.

Jason says …

Grass-fed beef jerky and guacamole!! Recently discovered combination that's amazing.

J Burns says …

Excellent video. I am definitely going to pick up some of the containers.

m2thej says …

its tricky for us with a GF/DF 2 year old, but we have quinoa a lot along with sandwiches cut with a small cookie cutter, carrot sticks, crunchy corn sticks, fruit, etc. and coconut milk yogurt!

KaraF says …

Great tips and I love all the container options. Would be nice to see more options without nuts since there are so many kids with allegies to them now (including mine!).

Renee says …

My son's favorite lunch treat is sushi rice wrapped around natural peanut butter with a sprinkle of salt (I have little teddy bear head molds, but balls work just as well). I usually pack the little rice bears with cubes of toasted tofu, cucumber slices, and some fruit. It's really a quick and easy lunch to make. I buy pre-cubed tofu and store it in the freezer. In the morning I can toast only the quantity I want for his lunch while I cook and roll rice and cut fruits and veggies.

Zak Bauman says …

Having compartments makes it really easy for my kids to see what they have for lunch. My kids don't like traditional sandwiches so I really focus on having a protein, fruit, veggie and then some sort of carb. A favorite for my daughter is goat cheese and some whole grain crackers to eat them with.

Elizabeth S says …

My kids love celery sticks and Bananas with a v-slit down the center filled with peanut butter. During the summer I slice up cucumbers and leave them in the fridge along with a bowl of grape tomatoes. The kids eat them up and think that they are sneaking them!

Adele says …

Classic peanut butter and jelly is always great! Kids can also try different types of nut butters such as almond or cashew, as well as different flavors of jam or jelly. Sandwiches may be cut in half or into shapes and then stored in containers for maximum freshness.

Donna says …

For kids, lunch is fun when bringing different mix and match foods in little containers....this could include grapes in different colors, fresh cut veggies, pieces of cheese, trail mix and more. It's a great opportunity to experiment with different types of fruits and vegetables.

Diana says …

These containers are super cute. I love that they are BPA free and dishwasher safe, too! Thanks for the healthy lunch ideas!

Heather I says …

I love toasted pita bread with roasted red pepper hummus and cucumber slices.

Stephanie says …

I use containers for everything and with a young family prep work the night before is key to organization and overall eating health and saving $$

MomOfhealth says …

When I make lunch for my kids it always includes sandwich, water bottle, fruit, and crunchy or sweet snack. I love the segmented lunch boxes & the glass water bottle. I always try to make the snack a surprise to keep it fun.

erin says …

As a teacher I need to start thinking about how and what to pack for a lunch too! The trick is keeping it all at a safe temperature until lunch time. Easy to open containers are also helpful when 32 students ask for help with their lunches!

Carol Blanke says …

A good and healthful lunch could be an organic grilled cheese sandwich. I would use organic bread with some organic tomato, organic butter, and organic swiss. An organic juice box would be my choice of beverage. A small serving of organic chips and some organic grapes would be a fine dessert to finish the lunch. This lunch would probably be the envy of the kids at school. I would use, of course, the proper containers to pack this special lunch.

Stacey Murphy says …

My kids are so picky and a simple sandwich would be ignored in their lunch. They don't like veggies so I have to make sneaky muffins. Their favorite is black bean, squash and apple chocolate muffins. They also love my kale chocolate cake. I then make silly faces by taking round crackers, topped with round lunch meat and shredded cheese for hair. Now if I could only find a divide container to fit this!

alice trzeszkowski says …

my nieces know their aunt will never buy fast food when she takes them to an event in nyc. we always pack nuts and dried fruit in our back packs. the container store containers are perfect for the healthy snacks and pinic food we carry.

paula pinkerton says …

cored and thick sliced apples, smear with almond butter or dark chocolate dreams peanut butter dip in granola, nuts, mini carob chips, raisins or any dried fruit. very delicious!

Sharon says …

Two of my favorite stores....Whole Foods and The Container Store. Great pairing!!

BETTY A says …

Great ideas for packing lunches and not just for kids, you could use it for work day lunches also.The Whole Foods Market and Container Store are two wonderful stores.

isa says …

Packed lunches are so much cheaper... and tastier. I like cold spaghetti and meatballs myself!

Jane-Ellen says …

For years we have made school lunches together trying to stress each food group needed for a balanced meal and now by 5th and 6th grades they are able to pack a lunch all by themselves that is perfect.

Mare says …

I'm a huge fan of the Ezekial 7-sprout muffins with almond butter. Sometimes I throw in a greek yogurt with some blackberries if I'm hungry. Filling and yummy!

antona says …

My kids love crunchy veggies and rice molded into fun shapes, so I like to make Bento style lunches using veggies to make rice look like faces, animals and all kinds of fun things. Thanks for the ideas and for the opportunity!

Jackie Howell says …

My son will eat anything I have baked into a muffin, so I add tons of fruit and veggie purees into the mix and bump up the nutrition!

danielle says …

Fruit and veggies that we have grown in our backyard or that they have chosen themselves are always appreciated by the boys at lunchtime! Fortunately our Gravenstein apple tree is full at the beginning of the school year!

carrie says …

I love the lunch containers featured in this video, and the samples of fresh, whole and unprocessed foods! Very inspiring. I tend to you baggies, which crumple up, and foil wrap, which can be awkward at times. It's also hard to find lunch meats without nitrates, so it's great the Whole Foods offers them. Nice cross marketing,ladies!

Eva says …

I am trying to use dinner I made the night before to create a lunch for the next day.My son likes tortellini. Food jar keeps it warm.

Carol says …

Loved the appetizing lunches in this video, and the various containers were very creative. I make sandwiches with brie cheese, sliced Granny Smith apples, and a thin layer of strawberry rhubard jam. My whole family loves them, and even my coworkers have started copying me by making them as well!

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