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Packing Healthy Lunches with The Container Store

CONGRATULATIONS TO ANN, WHOSE COMMENT #435 WAS CHOSEN AT RANDOM TO WIN! THANKS FOR ALL YOUR GREAT COMMENTS! Once you have spent the time, energy and love creating a healthy, nutritious and delicious lunch for your kids, it makes sense that you would want the perfect container to pack it in.  Whole Foods Market and The Container Store have teamed up to create this video that gives you great healthy lunch ideas and tips for choosing the perfect containers to pack them in. Lunch is no longer just a sandwich and chips, kids love a variety of different finger foods and finding the perfect containers for these items can make a difference in the lunch getting eaten or not. We hope you enjoy this video as much as we enjoyed making it with The Container Store. For more information about the products featured in this video or to see their full selection, please go to containerstore.com. Leave a comment with your ideas for fun and nutritious lunches by August 24th for a chance to win a $100 gift card from The Container Store.

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Leanne says …

Thanks for the helpful hints from two of my favorite stores! I have 2 Elfa closets, but I haven't tried the lunch containers. These are great ideas for lunch! Thank you! :)

Teresa E. says …

I love to pack slices of bananas with peanut butter in my lunch as a snack as well as a pasta salad with salmon!

Kathy says …

Great! Very quick to watch and simply done. Great ideas. However, the darkhaired woman said about the cream cheese bagel - it is important that my children don't drink synthetic hormones - as far as I know, milk does not contain BGH. The cows are given it, it does not pass into the milk but it does make them prone to more disease and infection hence the need for antibiotics. Just wanted to clarify that...

jinjer says …

What fun all those lunch containers are. I love the cube for toting my raw vegies.

Margaret Chapman says …

My husband and I both work and take our lunches. When we cook, we make two extra servings. When we go out, we usually get "doggie" bags. We need safe, microwavable containers.

Julie says …

Whole grain bread with almond butter. Greek yogurt. Red, orange and yellow bell pepper strips. Some berries and Water.

Mary Hefty says …

8 of my 9 children will be packing lunches this year. I am looking at economical and safe way to do that. I am surprised at all the choice there are available.

Theresa says …

I worked as a director for a before and after school program for the past three years. I was not in charge of lunches, but I had to think of an afternoon snack that most kids would enjoy. It was important to me to also make the snacks healthy. I made things that I knew they would enjoy: quesadillas, pasta, toast, fruit smoothies, etc. However, I would make these items healthy by using whole grain tortillas, low fat cheese, whole grain pasta, and whole grain toast. I would mix in small pieces of veggies in their macaroni and cheese. A special "treat" I would make that tasted like dessert was a graham cracker smeared with low fat cream cheese with jam on top. It tastes like cheesecake, I promise.

Juliann Goldman says …

It is hard to find reusable containers and lunchboxes that work together. I look forward to some new products.

Nicole says …

My kids love hummus with cut up vegetables, apples cut up with almond butter or honey roasted peanut butter or a cheese stick, yogurt and a piece of fruit. They also love to munch on chick peas so a small container with a few chick peas is usually a must in their lunch boxes.

Staci says …

One of my favorites is to take a piece of Applegate Farms deli meat, spread homemade bacon mayo on it, add a slice or two of bacon, a few leaves of spinach, and a tomato...easy BLT's!

Michele Moore says …

I like to pack organic yogurt, fresh fruit, and whole grain cereal. When I get hungry, I mix them together for a delicious, naturally sweet, crunchy snack or meal.

Kate Hamilton says …

I like to make Bento lunches for my kids (cut fun shapes out of sandwiches, cheese, meats. Use colorful picks and cupcake liners). The more fun that I make lunch the more they eat!

Jerri says …

When we have lunch at home I love to juice fruits & veggies for homemade Popsicles. Great treat on a hot day!

Donna Norman says …

My son shopped with me and discovered the fresh ground peanut butter with chocolate chips in it. He loved using the machine, and likes to make peanut butter sandwiches with peanut butter in between apple slices.

erin says …

One of the easiest lunches I pack for my daughter, that she loves, is brown sushi rice, half an avocado, and roasted seaweed for her to make her own mini sushi rolls. Another favorite is an assortment of fresh cut veggies (carrots, snap peas, etc), whole grain mini pitas, and hummus for dipping.

katherine garcia says …

I like to pack cheese cubes, cut up nitrate free hotdogs, and goldfish with some all natural mnms.

Kerry Hodak says …

Leftovers...if a kid likes a healthy meal for dinner, sometimes that makes a great cold lunch. This can be true of bbq chicken among other healthy options.

Cheryl Nakao says …

I've used those divided containers to make fun, healthy versions of those Lunchable things. Better quality meats, crackers, cheese along with fresh fruit. My kids LOVE it.

diane says …

Many kids love the pre-packaged snack lunches that have a compartment for everything. Replicating this with your own small containers using healthier ingredients is also cost effective and better for the environment. And it expands the possibilities of what you can take - salad with dressing separated, fruit with a yogurt dip, celery with peanut butter, etc.

Teresa A says …

Make your own lunchables by using multigrain or whole grain crackers, cheese cubes or slices and deli meat from the deli. Sliced apples with low fat caramel dipping sauce, mini baby carrots with low fat ranch, watermelon chunks, fresh fruit whatever is in season.

Steph says …

I've been shredding up fresh summer squash and tossing it with spinach, an ezekiel wrap, some heirloom tomatoes, and Choosing Raw's cashew "ricotta" for a filling summer salad that is easy to tupperware up in the AM, and doesn't get soggy by lunchtime. Yum!

Kim says …

As a vegan, I prefer the good ol' fashioned PB & J on whole grain bread. The nut butter keeps you full for a long time and that extra bonus of fiber from the whole grains. I could eat it everyday!

Lisa says …

An organic peanut butter & jelly sandwich with raisins!

Monica says …

My 7-year-old son was a bear in a past life. He loves steak cooked rare and fish with its skin on. And berries. And honey. On the way to school he likes to turn over rocks to check out the bugs under them (but he doesn't eat them thank goodness). In his lunch I pack wild salmon (with the skin) cooked the evening before, and would really LOVE to know a way to pack sardines in his lunch without it making a stink, because he loves them!

Shirley says …

I have a Zojirushi bento box/ vacuum canister with 4 separate compartments for food. Soup, salad, rice, veggies, whatever... fantastic!

Julie says …

My kids love to eat quesadillas in their school lunches

Kelly says …

My favorite would be an almond butter and strawberry jam sandwich on whole wheat bread and some sliced apples or oranges.

jackie says …

One of my favorite uber-healthy lunches is a spinach wrap with homemade hummus + sriracha sauce and piled full of fresh, raw, crunchy veggies, like carrots, cabbage, peppers, spinach, and whatever else suits your fancy. Delicious, filing, and nutritious.

angela williams says …

always pack fruit!!

Karen Rodrigues says …

Don't forget to write and leave fun thoughtful notes for your kids packed in with their lunch. such as wishing them a good day, good luck on a test, can't wait for vacation, etc. It gives their day a surprise and a mood boost!

Jen says …

My daughter loves cheese and deli turkey wrapped together and pierced with a small rod pretzel.

Sharon says …

I find that kids are more open to eating healthy things in their lunch box if they are packed in a fun way. I use cookie cutters to make shapes/cut fruit like watermelon or canteloupe. I also press the cookie cutters lightly into the whole grain bread if they are packing a sandwich. When you pack these into a great, fun container they really look forward to lunchtime.

Brian Crimmins says …

Although I don't have children, I do take my lunch to work and this video gave me some great ideas for things I can eat and tools I can use to transport the tasty goodness. Thanks for a great informational video!

Elizabeth Runkle says …

honey yogurt with frozen wild blueberries (to keep it cold for short time) then at last minute add some granola with fruit and nuts!

Heather Padilla says …

When I spent lunch with my friends two children in elementary school, they LOVED baby carrots. With my niece who is 5, colorful, artistically arranged food catches her eye. If the food is presented in a fun way she will eat anything! broccoli, spinach, grapes. I am vegan, and we have no problems feeding her at our house. Include as many raw foods as possible, cooked veggies still arent as bad as half the foods they usually serve. Pizzas, cheese burritos... Try including a juice bar with two types of fruit that can be juiced at lunch, not premade juices and fatty milk or chocolate milk. Have prizes maybe, if a child chooses three or more healthy foods, they get a sticker or a fun pencil.Challenge them with all you've got, they just may surprise you! :)

Veronica Blaustein says …

With three kids under 5, I'm always looking for new creative and healthy options for my kids for lunch. Now that my oldest has started Kindergarten and my middle daughter is in preschool four days a week, packing healthy lunches has become a priority to us. Here's an article I wrote with some tips and hope it helps some. I'd love other parents to comment and share ideas with me too. http://patch.com/A-ljDj

Jennifer says …

I love theme lunches....everything cut into squares for a "square" meal,all green foods on St. Patrick's Day, rabbit food(bunny crackers, carrots and celery sticks with hummus), etc. I try to keep the healthy food fun so they come back wanting more! And of course each lunch includes a note from Mommy!

Heather says …

I love taking turkey sandwiches or peanut butter and jelly to lunch, but I hate it when they get squished or soggy so nine times out of ten, I end up eating unhealthy junk food like pizza or bread sticks from Aubrees ... the best but it gets expensive and isn't exactly healthy. I would love to be able to get some decent lunch containers to help take healthy things for lunch ... they just cost a decent price and I don't have the money to pay the well deserved cost.

Darla says …

This video has some great ideas! Sometimes I include leftovers with my son's lunch. Also, in the hot weather sometimes I include dried fruit (banana chips, apricots, etc). Aside from the essentials, I include a little sweet treat to end his meal with. I'd love to get some of those containers to help keep food separated in the lunch box!

elizabeth says …

one of my favorite things to make for lunch is a spicy black bean quinoa salad. i make a big pot on sundays and then eat it all week!

Teresa says …

I find that my kids like to eat from the containers that have the big spot for your main dish (sandwich, etc). and the 2 smaller spots for chips, fruit, nuts, etc. My youngest thinks it's a grownup thing..... :)

Annette says …

A toasted whole-wheat bread sandwich with peanut butter and banana tastes so sweet, kids don't realize it's so nutritious. And you can't forget a cup of cold milk!!!

Katy McMahon says …

I like to make a big pot of Millet (or another whole grain) on the weekends. I use it in place of pasta for "pasta dishes". I pack one container of millet and a second container with the topping. Roasted tomatoes with ricotta, and sauteed zucchini with goat cheese both make great toppings! By packing them individually, nothing gets soggy and I can heat the toppings longer than the millet. No more chewy "pasta".

Kelly Johnson says …

A bento box with fruit, cheese, and a cookie cutter nut butter and honey sandwich.

Julia says …

Apples dipped in peanut butter. Yum

staffaction says …

Salmon is always good in a packed lunch. It's different! Or make a lil fruit salad and it's something to look forward to.

kristen says …

Big hits at our home: apple slices with almond butter, hummus with carrots and flax crackers, sprouted granola with dairy free coconut yogurt and berries :)

Alicia says …

One of my daughter's favorites has been hummus rolls. We make homemade hummus and spread on a whole grain tortilla and roll up. Along with that, a piece of cheese and a few bell pepper sticks.

theresa G. says …

My kids love simple salads with things like quinoa, cilantro and black beans. I also pack bite sized pieces of fruit and cheese. Yogurt with granola is a lunchbox staple at our house.

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