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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 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
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
Aftab Butt says ...
We try to give them variety of stuff every day, keeping mind what they wish to have everyday. A balance of protein, fruits/veggies, juice, etc.
08/19/2011 11:24:45 AM CDT
Jo Green says ...
Great video! I pack lunch for my family every day, making sure to use whole grains, organic fruits & veggies and wholesome, low sugar snacks. My favorite lunch to prepare is a healthy wrap, using Whole Foods whole wheat wraps, deli meats, organic lettuce & carrots with a olive oil/mayo spread. My family also loves hummus and I often substitute hummus for the mayo. Yummy!
08/19/2011 11:43:18 AM CDT
Anya says ...
Thanks for the videos! I'll second the comments about easily assembled lunches like hummus, pitas, and veggie sticks!
08/19/2011 12:02:34 PM CDT
Linda M says ...
Today for lunch I brought some cucumber spears, hard boiled eggs, cheese slices and mixed nuts, in my container with compartments. Nice video and cool looking containers. Thanks for sharing
08/19/2011 12:15:57 PM CDT
Elizabeth Smith says ...
My lunch often consists of a deconstructed salad. The containers from the container store help me to keep veggies separate from the dressing and from each other so that the salad is fresh and not wilted by the time lunch rolls around.
08/19/2011 12:19:46 PM CDT
lookitatree says ...
Wow, I love that reusable glass water bottle coated in silicone! I have been dreaming about a product like that, but haven't seen one on the market 'til now.
08/19/2011 12:29:50 PM CDT
Kelcey says ...
One of my son's favorite lunch box treats are wrap pinwheels. We make many different kinds. For example, take a whole grain wrap(we use Ezekiel sprouted) and spread it with natural nut butter (Sometimes we mix some cocoa powder with a pinch of stevia into it) and top with some shredded coconut, raisins or other dried fruit and then roll up the wrap tightly. Then we slice it into rounds. We also make pizza pinwheels with some homemade pizza sauce (made with tomato paste so it's thick), organic cheese (mozarella or provalone) and any other pizza toppings you care to include (we like finely chopped onions and peppers and perhaps some nitrate free ham or Italian sausage). Again, simply roll up and slice into pinwheels. Chopping the toppings up small makes it easier to roll. You can use raw or cooked veggies. Another fav is creamcheese and thinly sliced strawberries (a bit harder to roll) or cream cheese with left-over salmon. This one is a bit sushi-like; we speaad the cream cheese over the entire wrap, but make a row of the salmon as well as other veggies like cucumer, green onion and avocado; roll and slice. Combos are pretty endless.
08/19/2011 12:51:57 PM CDT
lorraine bolt says ...
I have grandchildren who come here after school. I wish they had a mom who would get on board with this type of lunch idea. but the ideas you have here are perfect for after school snacks. Also, I want to go to the container store and send lunch packing items to my other grandkids in Denver. Their mom would be totally supportive of what you are trying to do. This is an exciting time. We have huge problems. (childhood obesity) But people like you are teaming together to help us find solutions for better health in America starting with the children. Kepp up the good work.
08/19/2011 1:03:24 PM CDT
Cheryl says ...
I buy the kids made up lunches at Whole Foods. Great time saver and I know it's healthy. The bonus is the kids love them!
08/19/2011 1:32:05 PM CDT
Leslie Kahn says ...
When we finally discovered that our son was gluten intolerant, we needed to send lunch every day while he was in camp since the food the camp was providing was full of gluten. We had a hot summer in Chicago, so it was crucial to find something that wouldn't spoil in the heat. The answer was Beef Jerky!!! And it also satisfied my son's sensory need to chew. Now if he doesn't eat it, it's still good at the end of the day.
08/19/2011 1:55:57 PM CDT
Paula Johson says ...
My kids love lots of things in their lunches - I guess it's more exciting that way. I love to pack homemade vanilla yogurt with fruit and granola, each in their own containers so the kids can mix it when it's time to eat. My daughter loves hard boiled eggs in her lunch, my son loves homemade "lunchables".
08/19/2011 1:56:37 PM CDT
Jeanne says ...
Thanks for the fun video. Daughter's favorite at the moment is: -deviled egg (kept cool) -watermelon, avocado and tomato salad -chips -sparkling water
08/19/2011 2:02:06 PM CDT
Deirdre says ...
I love to pack in my bento box Back to Nature honey graham sticks, peanut butter, raisins, slices of cucumbers grown in the back yard and a home grown peach.
08/19/2011 2:05:52 PM CDT
helenlam says ...
I love onigri for lunch. Small and portable and low fat. Yum!
08/19/2011 2:21:05 PM CDT

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