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Beverlly says ...
Fun and nutritious lunch starts with salad greens. Also pack your favorite toppings. I usually add a protein or two (chicken breast, beans, tofu, or cheese), fruit (necterine slices, grape halves, slided strawberries, blueberries or dried cranberries, these all add a sweet component) and a couple more veggies (slice onions or green peppers, tomato, sugar snap peas or red peas) and something with crunch (toasted nuts). My favorite dressings are the low-fat, organic ginger-pear, raspberry-walnut, and sesame-ginger. Pack the ingredients (especially the dressing) indivdually and mix right before lunch. It's fresh, sweet and delish!
08/17/2011 8:15:21 PM CDT
Karen Sambogna says ...
My daughter's typical lunch box has a turkey sandwich, some fruit (e.g. a clementine, sliced strawberries, banana, etc), cheese stick, potato chips (yes, chips, but there's no food dies or preservatives in them), a treat of some sort, and smart water to drink.
08/18/2011 9:31:03 PM CDT
Alberto Armenteros says ...
Omega Three Protein Power Lunch: 1 x 8oz serving organic tropical fruit home made smoothie made with Greek Yogurt, Whey protein powder, and organic milled flax seeds. 1 x Organic Veggie salad with Raspberry dressing mixed with organic chicken breast pieces and 1oz of walnuts.
08/18/2011 9:13:12 PM CDT
Kim says ...
One of my favorite summertime treats in the lunch box is a spicy gazpacho made with tomatoes, poblano peppers and herbs, frozen in small containers. By the time I am ready for lunch it has partially thawed and I can enjoy a gazpacho slushy. Unconventional but very refreshing.
08/18/2011 9:13:35 PM CDT
Michelle says ...
I use fun-shaped ice packs - different ones every day. The kids like to see which ice pack is in their lunch that day. Thanks for the great container ideas - love them and plan to get some!
08/18/2011 9:30:28 PM CDT
Janet says ...
Love all the cute little containers and healthy food tips. I think that having a little bit of many different foods will ensure that my daughter eats something at lunch time and does return with a lunch box full of food.
08/18/2011 9:02:53 PM CDT
Courtney M. says ...
I love black bean burritos with lots of veggies and a cream cheese sauce, greek yogurt, and some fruit. Those containers are WAY cool!
08/16/2011 4:36:28 PM CDT
Lauren says ...
I enjoyed watching the video for healthy lunch ideas as well as organizing tips for packing. Thanks to Whole Foods and The Container Store!
08/16/2011 5:09:01 PM CDT
Rebecca says ...
Dinosaur shaped anything. Thank goodness for cookie cutters!
08/17/2011 4:45:22 PM CDT
Amy in StL says ...
Rollups and Orange wheels are great lunch items and fun to eat.
08/17/2011 4:55:46 PM CDT
Erica says ...
Wow!! Those containers actually got my 8yr old daughter excited about bringing her lunch to school! As picky as she is she even liked some of the lunch ideas!
08/17/2011 4:58:16 PM CDT
Elizabeth says ...
I like to eat cheese, whole grain crackers and fruit for lunch.
08/17/2011 4:58:17 PM CDT
Debbie says ...
I like the idea of small bites for kids lunches. Hummus in a small container with fresh veggies and whole grain crackers to dip. Or sunbutter with apple slices and whole wheat bread cut into fun shapes. It is always nice to have a small treat and a love note to get them through the rest of the day.
08/17/2011 5:09:00 PM CDT
Becca says ...
I love packing pasta mixed with veggies. Plus I add crackers, fruit bars, and water. :)
08/17/2011 5:10:23 PM CDT
sheila says ...
hummus & pita!
08/17/2011 5:11:18 PM CDT
K R says ...
Hummus with Pita Bread and Apple Slices are my son's favorite. I always pack water or juice (with large ice cubes to water it down/keep it cold) in the container.
08/17/2011 5:12:34 PM CDT
Jen says ...
I pack a lunch for my son at daycare, and I find lots of little nibbles help keep him interested. That helps keep things balanced, and it's good for a toddler who's constantly on the go!
08/17/2011 5:13:33 PM CDT
ErikaM says ...
Chicken curry salad in a whole-wheat pita. Chilled chai to drink. Yum!
08/17/2011 5:14:22 PM CDT
Cindy Hils says ...
I like to make sure it's balanced. There's always a vegetable, some fruit and protein. But I love to get the kids involved in what they actually want - it teaches them about the different food groups.
08/17/2011 5:16:32 PM CDT
Lily says ...
Packaging your own yogurt is healthier, tastier, and more economical. Purchase a large size organic plain yogurt and add your own fruit and sweatener of choice (honey, molasses, date sugar, raisen puree, etc) I add soaked/sprouted barley, chopped organic walnuts/almonds, raw honey, and a splash of vanilla). The container store gell pak container for liquids would work great to keep it cold. For the water bottles, I also use the 4 oz life factory glass baby bottles because they are smaller and lighter for my younger kids-you just take off the nipple and screw on a standard replacement cap. I have them in all the many colors and the kids love them.
08/17/2011 5:17:55 PM CDT
Amanda Suzzi says ...
I like to make sure my lunch is a rainbow of colors!
08/17/2011 5:18:05 PM CDT
Lily says ...
Packaging your own yogurt is healthier, tastier, and more economical. Purchase a large size organic plain yogurt and add your own fruit and sweetener of choice (honey, molasses, date sugar, raisen puree, etc) I add soaked/sprouted barley, chopped organic walnuts/almonds, raw honey, and a splash of vanilla). The container store gell pak container for liquids would work great to keep it cold. For the water bottles, I also use the 4 oz life factory glass baby bottles because they are smaller and lighter for my younger kids-you just take off the nipple and screw on a standard replacement cap. I have them in all the many colors and the kids love them.
08/17/2011 5:18:26 PM CDT
Teri says ...
A nice turkey wrap made with organic tortillas filled with turkey, avocado, sprouts,tomatoes, and olives. a piece of fresh fruit or some dried fruit, and a nut snack, raw veggies, or energy bar. A healthy dessert like sugarless cookies is a treat.
08/17/2011 5:21:34 PM CDT
mel says ...
For lunches I like to use glass containers that I can safely heat up in a microwave at work. Pasta to stir-fried rice dishes from the night before heat up wonderfully.
08/17/2011 5:22:14 PM CDT
Dawn says ...
Thanks for this! Try spreading slices of apple, pear, or other hard fruit with nut butter. All organic, of course!
08/17/2011 5:23:27 PM CDT

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