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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:)
08/19/2011 5:54:30 AM CDT
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
Sandra K says ...
Very interesting video and great container concepts.
08/19/2011 1:48:16 PM CDT
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!
08/19/2011 1:53:07 PM CDT
Melissa says ...
I love this. I am sending my husband to Container store ASAP. I want the sandwich/snack holders.
08/19/2011 2:51:20 PM CDT
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.
08/23/2011 12:15:02 PM CDT
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.
08/23/2011 2:32:23 PM CDT
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.
08/23/2011 2:37:07 PM CDT
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
08/21/2011 8:08:02 PM CDT
Lily Kwan says ...
I like to have pasta salad with yogurt, string cheese, and fruit juice.
08/24/2011 11:44:45 PM CDT
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! :)
08/11/2011 10:53:13 PM CDT
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.
08/12/2011 8:51:31 AM CDT
Jason says ...
Grass-fed beef jerky and guacamole!! Recently discovered combination that's amazing.
08/12/2011 9:02:08 AM CDT
J Burns says ...
Excellent video. I am definitely going to pick up some of the containers.
08/12/2011 10:39:10 AM CDT
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!
08/12/2011 11:05:19 AM CDT
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!).
08/12/2011 11:27:55 AM CDT

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