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angela williams says ...
always pack fruit!!
08/17/2011 6:44:35 PM CDT
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!
08/17/2011 6:44:56 PM CDT
Jen says ...
My daughter loves cheese and deli turkey wrapped together and pierced with a small rod pretzel.
08/17/2011 6:45:12 PM CDT
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.
08/17/2011 6:45:27 PM CDT
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!
08/17/2011 6:45:36 PM CDT
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!
08/17/2011 6:46:01 PM CDT
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! :)
08/17/2011 6:47:27 PM CDT
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
08/17/2011 6:49:35 PM CDT
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!
08/17/2011 6:50:09 PM CDT
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.
08/17/2011 6:51:10 PM CDT
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!
08/17/2011 6:51:28 PM CDT
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!
08/17/2011 6:51:33 PM CDT
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..... :)
08/17/2011 6:51:41 PM CDT
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!!!
08/17/2011 6:52:20 PM CDT
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".
08/17/2011 6:54:19 PM CDT
Kelly Johnson says ...
A bento box with fruit, cheese, and a cookie cutter nut butter and honey sandwich.
08/17/2011 6:54:43 PM CDT
Julia says ...
Apples dipped in peanut butter. Yum
08/17/2011 6:55:25 PM CDT
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.
08/17/2011 6:55:34 PM CDT
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 :)
08/17/2011 6:55:42 PM CDT
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.
08/17/2011 6:56:11 PM CDT
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.
08/17/2011 6:56:25 PM CDT
jj says ...
hummus with multiple things to dip- pretzels, crackers, olives, carrots, red peppers, etc
08/17/2011 6:56:31 PM CDT
Ronee Goldstone says ...
Raw nut bread with sliced red peppers and cucumbers and a raw goji berry granola bar made from nuts, flax seeds, dates, and goji berries for dessert. All the "food is prepared in a dehydrator to keep it "alive" and nutritious. My daughter loves them. Yummy!
08/17/2011 6:57:16 PM CDT
Lee says ...
Packing nutricious lunches and snacks should not be a chore....it should be FUN! Enjoy the abundance of fruits this time of year and all the beautiful colors..Fruit Kabobs are so portable and helps you get in your daily requirements. Homemade Trail mix for snacks. I can not wait to visit the Container store...loved the video!
08/17/2011 6:57:49 PM CDT
Cathy Edwards says ...
Packing your own lunch let's you control sodium & sugar. Low sodium & salt recipies can still be tasty.
08/17/2011 6:57:58 PM CDT

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