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Katy says ...
My kids are hard to pack for. They like to keep up with the food trends at school but they are both on specialized diets. One child doesn't eat corn, dairy, soy, eggs, chocolate and legumes. The other child is gluten and dairy free. I love to cook but hate to bake so I can't really keep up with the other kids plus I have to work and go to school so I don't have much time available. I am learning fast recipes so I can serve my kids special lunches that aren't time consuming. One of there favorite recipes is chocolate pudding. I love this and if they don't eat any of there other food for the day I know that they still had a healthy meal. I toss in the blender 2 avocados, handful of spinach, 1/4 c of maple syrup, 1/4-1/2 c of water and 1/4c of carob powder and blend. Tastes just like pudding and they love it. I will add to there lunch an apple or apple sauce, perhaps some Mary's Gone Crackers and some tree nuts or a granola that I made. These containers are great and would be a great addition to our school/work lunches. Thank you for soo many wonderful ideas and creations. I really hate using plastic bags and the boys hate having 5 different large containers to open and keep track of.
08/18/2011 7:43:04 AM CDT
Will says ...
Wrap a banana in a whole wheat tortilla spread with almond butter or soynut butter for a filling and portable treat!
08/18/2011 7:54:39 AM CDT
Melissa says ...
Reusable containers are so important, as well as ones that store food in a healthy way. Environmentally friendly is the icing on the "cake" of organic and locally grown foods that make up the meal!
08/18/2011 8:51:11 AM CDT
Mel says ...
An Organic Chicken Wrap paired with some organic baby carrots and celery sticks is a fun lunch for a kid. Plus add some yummy flavored Siggi's Non-Fat Yogurt as a healthy dessert. And in a container that has a cool design and/or in fun colors will be more alluring for the kids to take with them as well as remember to bring back home at the end of the day. :)
08/18/2011 8:51:56 AM CDT
DR T says ...
Simple Healthy French Lunch Apple Brie Sandwich 1 Mid.-Lrg. Apple 3 Slices of Brie Cheese 3 Slices Baguette Bread Drink: Water "When you eat, Eat well; When you love, make it last long time; When you fight, fight for victory.” ‘HHTHH’
08/18/2011 12:31:20 PM CDT
milinda neusaenger says ...
I love stackable bento-type boxes for transporting lunch!
08/18/2011 11:52:14 AM CDT
Vicky says ...
Lately we've been taking 100% whole wheat flatbread and making wraps. You can put turkey, provolone cheese, tomatoes, mustard, or whatever you prefer. Melting the cheese onto the bread makes it even more tasty.
08/18/2011 12:53:54 PM CDT
Lori Weidner says ...
Nothings better than lunch from home in reusable containers! I pack whole wheat bread with turkey, white cheddar, tomato slices, and spinach spread with ranch dressing then use a large cookie cutter in a fun seasonal shape to either cut off the crusts or to make an impression in the bread. Then toss in some avocado and peach slices with Skim milk to drink. Fun and healthy!
08/18/2011 12:54:03 PM CDT
robin says ...
sometimes just plain grilled cheese is, well, the cheesiest! just the way my aunt margaret would make it...
08/18/2011 1:17:49 PM CDT
Peggy says ...
Hummus and fresh veggies are yummy!
08/18/2011 1:39:08 PM CDT
Angela says ...
Hummus, pita, and veggies, please! That is a recipe that makes my preschooler smile! If we do go with the American classic of PB&J - I am always sure to cut the sandwich with a heart shaped cookie cutter (and I munch on the leftovers!). I agree that teaching our kiddos our responsibilities regarding our earth is such a treat to enforce early and in fun ways! We encourage Abi to pick out her own reusable bag, waterbottle, etc. We love the lunchskins products that are popping up everywhere too!
08/18/2011 2:51:54 PM CDT
Lori says ...
Loved the video. I liked the variety of ideas that were presented as you know children get bored with their lunches. This gave me alot of different ideas. Loved all the containers. I will be making sure that I make a trip over to the Container store and Whole Foods. Thanks, Lori
08/18/2011 3:21:08 PM CDT
Caleb G. Vogel says ...
Take whole grain rye bread and spread 365 raw wildflower honey on the bottom slice. What you want to use on top is sliced plum, sliced apricot and sliced cantaloupe. For the filler you must use spreadable fresh non salted goat cheese and on the top slice of rye use dijon mustard. You can prepare on the side microwaved or steamed cauliflower and broccoli drizzled in 365 organic olive oil (good price, excellent value) after cooking. The whole grain rye is a great source of minerals and with the apricot, plum and cantaloupe you will find a variety of phytonutrients vitamins and soluble fiber. Goat cheese a for protein and minerals makes this a truly healthy and gourmet lunch. Bon apetit!
08/18/2011 4:01:38 PM CDT
Caleb G. Vogel says ...
oh, I actually meant honey dew melons and nectarines!!! aw shoot!
08/18/2011 4:14:08 PM CDT
michelle says ...
Love the video and love whole foods. I go once a week to whole foods. I don't have kids but what I do for lunch is a salad with fat free feta chesse and almonds and veggies I put that in a reuseable container.
08/18/2011 5:13:24 PM CDT
Carmen Henderson says ...
This was a very informative video. I'm not one for sushi but those veggie sushi rolls looked so good! I also really like the cube lunch container and the glass silicon-encased bottle. I didn't know all of these things existed and it would be great to be able to buy them. Now if only I could snag a gift card... :)
08/18/2011 8:25:59 PM CDT
maricela rebollo says ...
most of the times is best for the kids to have a variety of fruits; we like to pack strawberrys blueberries and cherries pitted of course; or bananas oranges and apples; melon hooneydew and watermelon; my grandson luvsss them; the only thing is I have to remind the teacher to keep her and other students hands off my grandson's lunchbag( just kidding I put plenty for him to share; his bag is always empty)
08/18/2011 8:15:17 PM CDT
Cynthia Grieco says ...
Great information I will visit both stores tomorrow. The comments listed below also me prepare. Thanks
08/18/2011 7:38:35 PM CDT
Karen K. Reeder says ...
I have many ideas, but the best one - The Sandwich Assembly - If you like your tuna salad to stay fresh on your bread just try this method: 1. Place Tuna Salad in medium container 2. Place your bread of choice in sandwich container 3. Place your pickles in a small container Toss in a bag and go and when you are ready for lunch just assemble all the items and délicieux!
08/18/2011 6:09:19 PM CDT
Bets says ...
Lunch doesn't have to be a sandwich. How about my favs: hummus and pita bread and veggies cheese and crackers fruit salad and cottage cheese and one square of Hershey's chocolate ;-)
08/18/2011 7:32:07 PM CDT
Ashley says ...
Udi's multigrain gf bagel with hummus, cheese and sprouts + fruit salad.
08/18/2011 8:05:46 PM CDT
Shelly Culbertson says ...
I love making all kinds of wraps, and it's great that so many varieties of tortillas are available for this. Almost any kind of leftover can go in there!
08/18/2011 6:23:54 PM CDT
Marilyn says ...
Thanks for the wonderful video! I'm planning to get some of these for my grandchildren so they can use these with your creative lunch ideas!
08/18/2011 7:13:32 PM CDT
Jeannie G says ...
Okay, so my 5 yr old in Kindergarten refuses to give up her little princess lunch bag that matches her backpack:-o. I've been having her return the little ziploc bags home to re-use. I can't see just dumping them. It would be great to have reusable containers just her size that fit the lil bag instead! She's the extreme picky eater every parent fears. First week was all pbjs, then I got her to bring hummus on mini pitas...once:-/ She loves fruit, so I milk that. I've packed frozen grapes, strawberries, cream cheese and jelly sandwiches on whole wheat flatbread, frozen organic yogurt, a water kanteen,lemonade, or milk money:-) Maybe a cool, cute container would get her to try new foods.? hmmmm.
08/18/2011 8:46:56 PM 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

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