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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
Gessy Ladd says ...
Very informative, love it since my two small ones will be starting school in sept. All very excited! I want to be able to pack a healthy lunch for them, especially my daughter. She has weight issues eventhough she is only 4 years old and it has been hard for myself and my husband to make sure she gets to a healthy weight. When you both work full time and your relatives are the caretakers it can be very challenging. So now that we will be the ones dropping off and picking up the kids, we are now 100% responsible for the food they eat. I saw a bento box set for kids at WFM the other day and immediately thought of buying it for my kids. I don't have a WFM near my home, but when I work on Long Island(NY) I make sure and go to the one thats by there and check all the great stuff the have to offer. By the way has anyone tried a PBJ with a little bit of sliced bananas, the kids love it! or just PB and bananas, delicious!
08/18/2011 11:12:07 AM CDT
Kim Coleman says ...
I pack Bento lunches for my little girl and I normally get my boxes from a Japnese store which is a little bit out of the way for us. I'm so glad that The Container Store have boxes that I can use. Since my girl is only 3 years old, we pack alot of finger foods (cube cheese, deli rolls, steamed broccoli, baby carrots and of course fruit). She also love brown rice ball that I roll up with a little something special inside. Keep up the great ideas!!!
08/18/2011 11:12:20 AM CDT
Terrence says ...
I LOOOOOOOVE salsa and I was told that it was the number 1 snack food to eat b/c of it's ingredients. My mother makes amazing Salsa from her own garden ingredients and some organic foods from Whole Foods. (texastntsalsa.com) I try and make my lunch or snack around that. Chips, tacos, burritos, carrots, celery, etc.
08/18/2011 11:13:49 AM CDT
Kinjia says ...
Pack a lunch with a theme - colors or shapes, e.g. everything round (bagel, carrots cut in discs, not sticks, etc.)
08/18/2011 11:15:16 AM CDT
Stan says ...
I like to pack fun things I liked when i was a kid to mix it up a bit.
08/18/2011 11:33:14 AM CDT
Michelle says ...
I like packing a healthy salad with protein (chicken, etc.) and some fruit.
08/18/2011 11:41:21 AM CDT
M says ...
Last year when my child started preschool, each Tuesday I used a different letter of the alphabet as the theme for the lunch. That kept me from getting into a rut! You can see pictures of them at http://www.basicbento.com/search/label/alphabento
08/18/2011 11:43:05 AM CDT
Viona999 says ...
Woohoo! Love The Container Store.
08/18/2011 11:46:07 AM CDT

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