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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!
08/19/2011 6:27:45 AM CDT
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!
08/19/2011 6:47:31 AM CDT
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!
08/19/2011 6:52:25 AM CDT
Ellen Kittredge says ...
Thank you, Whole Foods & Container Store! Great ideas. My husband & I pack lunches in insulated bags, including fruits & veges, whole or cut up in containers. He usually brings a simple sandwich. Because a microwave is available to me, I vary more with packable leftovers,salad or soup in microwave safe containers. Instead of mayo on sandwiches I like hummus, mashed avacado or goat cheese & include veges like lettuce, sliced cucumber, tomato. The lettuce or cheese goes next to the bread to keep juicier things from making the bread soggy. Great way to enjoy a good lunch & save $. Ellen Kittredge
08/19/2011 6:56:19 AM CDT
Viktorya Laznik says ...
crackers are easy to transport and do not need refrigeration; any nuts and small cubes of cheese are must as a good meat substitute and add lots of protein for any kid's lunch or snack.
08/19/2011 7:50:49 AM CDT
Dennie says ...
I like to teach my kids by having them be a big part of fixing their lunches, that way I know they are eating what they like. Making our own salad dressings and bringing them in a separate container alongside favorite salad greens and fixings is what we enjoy. I think the kids find a sense of pride in accomplishment when they tell their friends about their creation. A simple lemony vinaigrette with parmesan cheese makes a nice caesar style dressing then pack with some croutons, shredded mozzarella, grape tomatoes and romaine, a complete healthy lunch!
08/19/2011 8:05:38 AM CDT
Stephanie says ...
We always struggle with ideas for yummy and different lunch ideas (we homeschool, so we're always at home for lunch). As the weather gets cooler, we do lots of easy soups (black bean, lentil), and we've gotten really creative with our sandwiches (trying new fillings). I've recently started making tortillas, and there's so much to do with them - quesadillas, wraps, pizzas, breakfast burritos!
08/19/2011 8:19:01 AM CDT
Lori M says ...
I like to add a 'love note' from time to time!
08/19/2011 8:26:29 AM CDT
Theresa says ...
My kids love bento style lunches--not nearly as beautiful, but a little bit of this and that. Cheese, crackers or pretzels, cut veggies and fruit. Got new boxes this year and we are all excited to try them!
08/19/2011 8:30:51 AM CDT
Kristina Harris says ...
Thanks for the great ideas. My children love the finger foods and I love the ideas. Can't wait to get shopping at whole foods and the container store for some great lunches for the whole family.
08/19/2011 8:42:33 AM CDT
marina says ...
I saw this on a blog and I loved it - I take pictures of my kids' lunch every day for a couple of weeks. after that they can look at the pictures and choose their lunches for the week!
08/19/2011 9:05:54 AM CDT
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!
08/19/2011 9:14:57 AM CDT
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.
08/19/2011 9:15:03 AM CDT
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!
08/19/2011 9:19:03 AM CDT
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!
08/19/2011 9:28:48 AM CDT
Carolyn 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 imigination 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!
08/19/2011 9:31:17 AM CDT
Noelle says ...
These are great tips! Our family loves both Whole Foods and The Container Store. Thank you for sharing the healthy food options and the non-toxic storage options. Remember that we sometimes need to put two ice-packs in lunches now to keep food temps safe.
08/19/2011 9:43:29 AM CDT
Susan Paczek says ...
By packing my own lunch, I am able to use healthier ingredients than those I would find at fast-food restaurants.
08/19/2011 9:48:42 AM CDT
Brionne Griffin says ...
I love making fruit, granola, and soy yogurt parfaits. I put it all in my Tellfresh® Microsafe® Soup Mug. It's great because there are so many different combinations you can make and it's always a satisfying lunch on a hot summer day.
08/19/2011 9:49:41 AM CDT
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!
08/19/2011 10:00:19 AM CDT
Laura says ...
We have glass bowls from the Container Store that hold a couple of cups of salad and then we top them with a lean protein and add some balsamic vinegar and evoo. Add to that an apple or banana and a slice of whole grain sprouted bread packed in a lunch skin and you've got a yummy healthy lunch.
08/19/2011 10:01:53 AM CDT
Jen Wetzel says ...
Thank you for this great video and the article. Both were very informative. My favorite thing to do for my kids' lunches is to buy a rotisserie chicken on Sunday afternoon. From there I let my kids decide what they want to do with it for their lunch: one day they will have a whole wheat tortilla with peanut sauce (I make a MEAN peanut sauce), chicken and red peppers, another day they will have a caesar salad wrap, etc., another day I will cook up some whole wheat pasta and make a pesto sauce and add the chicken, etc. We plan the menu on Sundays as I am shredding the chicken. It really does help to have them involved. Of course having the perfect containers to aid in this process would be wonderful! I have a teenager now, and it is important to have the "right" containers!! THANK YOU!
08/19/2011 10:23:03 AM CDT
Ashley says ...
I have 3 that started school this year and I am about to go "baggie" crazy!!! i love the dip sauce container as I day dream about being able to pack my kids fresh fruit and veggies with hummus or organic veggie dip...something that just can not be done with baggies!LOL!
08/19/2011 10:24:57 AM CDT
Jan Smyth says ...
I think apples and peanut butter would be great in the dipping container, or celery and carrots with feta cheese dip.
08/19/2011 10:44:57 AM CDT
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!
08/19/2011 10:53:00 AM CDT

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