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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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mina says …

LOVE TO PACK CARROTS AND HUMMUS FOR HEALTY SNACK

Kimberly says …

Cutting my children's sandwiches into fun shapes using cookie cutters always makes lunch more fun for them.

Lisa Portadin says …

Quesedillas made with marinara sauce, shredded mozz, and favorite veggies...yum!

Andrea Trinkle says …

I like to make fresh veggies easy to eat and the kids love having bite size pieces in small containers.

Jerri McInnis says …

I would make a sandwich with vegetables as the face and put a note saying "Making this lunch for you puts a smile on my face"

Gretchen Ritter says …

Having fun and useful containers help to encourage bringing your own lunch instead of buying on the go. One of my favorite lunch side dishes is celery with some peanut butter to dip in.

John says …

This time of year, I like cantaloupe and some provolone w iced tea for lunch

Kaycee Jo says …

My favorite lunch is pretty simple- I love to just eat some turkey, greek yogurt, and cut up fruit. If I'm not really hungry, I'll eat greek yogurt and Blue Diamond pecan nut thins- yum!

Stephanie Fox says …

I've been cutting up zucchini strips and carrot sticks for my child and it's been a huge hit. Sometimes I add a little yellow squash in there. I also make a "mix" which usually consists of whole wheat crackers, yogurt covered raisons, craisons and sesame sticks. It's a nice on-the-go snack for after an activity.

Lauren says …

Whole wheat pasta salad w lots of veggies! Can be prepared ahead of time and be as healthy as you want (w yogurt instead of mayo etc)

Kim Sackett says …

include your kids in the process of making it... especially for school lunches with fun shapes and cookie cutters.

Leigh A. Peterson says …

So many great things at both stores!

Maureen says …

My fresh cucumber sandwiches will LOVE being upgraded from a brown bag to convenient and practical storage containers!

Terri says …

One random day each week, I'd put a little note, sticker, or tiny toy in the lunch bag. Sometimes it was a little gold star for doing well on a difficult project or test, or a little ceramic kitten for a friend's birthday; other times just a paper heart to say "I love you". DD never knew which day it would happen, so it made opening the box a surprise every day!

Lauren says …

I enjoy packing "apple sammys". I slice an apple vertically into large pieces of "bread" then I spread pb on it and sprinkle with flax. Put it together and you have a great snack!

mia goldstein says …

Cookie cutters are the best way to jazz up any sandwich. They work particularly great with pb&j or cream cheese with veggies because you can pinch the edges closed. My daughter loves them!

Randy Fong says …

On a cool day (which are most days in San Francisco), I love making a pot of Chinese Jook (pooridge) and storing it in a lunch size container from the container store. Since the containers are microwavable, I just pop it into the microwave when I am ready and I've got a steamy bowl of instant soup!

Bernice Wheeler says …

Yogurt plus fiber cereal mix when ready to eat equals filling breakfast.

Lynda S. says …

My sons love "ants on a log" in their lunch, it's yummy and interactive enough to get them munching. I spread peanut butter on celery sticks, then tuck a small box of organic raisins in their lunchbox. They unwrap the celery sticks, stick the "ants" (raisins) into the peanut butter, then eat every last bite!

Sandra B says …

My kids like a peanut butter and apple wrap.

elizabeth says …

My new favorite is a whole wheat wrap with peanut butter and dried fruit

cathy says …

One of my favorite tricks is to use letter cookie cutters and make sandwiches with the kids names. I was give a set of alphabet cookie cutters from Bed Bath and Beyond. I have been a teacher for 28 years and my biggest comments are portion control is key. Kids get overwhelmed if there is too much food find small containers that kids can open on their own and put small portions of 3 or 4 different things.

Christen Hall says …

I like to make quesadillas out of whatever (always organic!)leftovers I have from dinner the night before. For instance, tomorrow, they will have black beans (cooked tonight on the stove) and cubed potatoes, onions, garlic and herbs, (that I cooked in foil on the grill). Tomorrow morning, I'll add some diced cheddar cheese, and place it all between two whole wheat tortillas that I'll heat briefly on the skillet . It will be warm, so I'll cut it in quarters and wrap it in foil before placing it in the container. I'll probably send a little dish of salsa too. Tomorrow, we're having shrimp, and a side dish of saut`eed peppers and onions so I'll use a monterey jack cheese and fresh cilantro on the quesadilla. I loved your video and plan to buy two styles of your containers (the one that folds out into an oblong tray, and the one that has the seperate dip/salsa container) and two of those big flat insulated lunch boxes, they will fit really well in my kids' backpacks. I liked the looks of the dessert container with the drink container up top, (I love the idea of sending them with their favorite Coconut Milk!)but I'll need a larger size for middle and high school kids. Love your stores!!

Deidre says …

Using a kid friendly popsicle stick or straw, I like to pack the makings for their own do it yourself fruit kabobs. Chopped melon, grapes, strawberries and sliced bananas.

Nadine says …

Turkey chili = meat + lots of veggies in a bowl - easy to pack away, not too fatty, and full of nutrients! Also, freezes well.

Nicole says …

I buy the 100 calorie deli thins and put hummus and cucumber on them! Yum!

Brenda says …

We love to pack finger foods like peanut butter or sunbutter with sliced apples. Cubed cheddar cheese with whole grain crackers or pretzels. snack portions of Little Lad's herbal popcorn. Turkey slices with crusty rosemary bread,and bottles of water, low fat organic horizon milk or 100% organic juice boxes.

stephanie says …

I love taking chicken apple salad that is lightly dresses with a mixture of mayo and cider vinegar and a pinch of sugar. It is lovely, crunchy and filling. I would love to win

Tia Lanzetta says …

My two favorite stores together - I was so excited to watch this video, even though I don't have children! I do have some tips for packing healthy lunches, though. Beans are such a wonderful source of protein, with slowly releasing carbohydrate. Both children and adults like hummus as a dip for veggies or whole wheat crackers or chips, or as a sandwich or wrap spread. I like to shred carrots on top of the hummus in my sandwiches so they stay in place and my eyes get a Vitamin A boost (for easier shopping The Container Store's website). While usually made from garbanzo beans, there is plenty of variety to be purchased or made at home. Hummus includes olive oil for a healthy source of fat to keep our brains working and our hair and skin moist and healthy. Buen provecha!

kat says …

Something crunchy, something salty, and something sweet, add a drink and you have a perfect lunch.

Debbie says …

Love the sushi container, I'd like to put it to use for hummus and veggies. It looks like a lightweight container which helps alleviate a heavy backpack. Thanks for all the good ideas!

karen h says …

I am an RD and have the pickiest 13 yr old on the planet! (Like the mechanic whose own car never runs!) Getting him to take lunch is such a battle, much less a healthy one. THANK YOU for the Sushi idea!! Love the container that holds the sauce, too. Will be ordering that (wish we had a Container Store in Orlando :) I am new to the blog but have loved both stores for years. Keep the great ideas coming! Thanks!

Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest says …

I think getting a bento box is a fun place to start--fill it with nutritious fruits, veggies, a sandwich wrap, and dessert for a satisfying combination. I also like the ideas presented in the video! Have the kids pick out what they want the night before their school day. Plan a few menu ideas and purchase items over the weekend so everyone stays healthy with their fresh choices.

jason says …

great idea and containers. Wonder how would you pack hot food? My way is use a stainless steel double layer box... what's ur idea?

Cindy W. says …

I would like to win this prize. I like to fix healthy lunches but I never fell that I have the perfect container. We like healthy sandwiches and carrot sticks instead of chips.

Cassie M. says …

Sandwiches cut into shapes using a cookie cutter(s), fruit, organic milk boxes (various flavors), pasta salad

Louise Hajdenberg says …

I like to make chicken nuggets, sometimes flavored with hoisin or BBQ sauce, breading them with oatmeal and bread crumbs, baking them in the oven. Fresh vegetable sticks, plain yogurt, in season fruit and a ginger snap or two. Water is included and they get milk in school. Of course all are packed in BP free containers.

Jessica says …

I love the lunch ideas in this segment! I get stuck in the sandwich and leftovers rut all the time. My favorite new chip substitute are kale chips! I saw them on the shelf at Whole Foods recently and tried making them at home. I rinsed and dried one bunch of kale, removed the stems, sprayed with olive oil and salt and baked it in the oven at 425F for about 12 minutes. It comes out crunchy and a little chewy. You can also add a little bit of cayenne or curry powder before baking for some extra flavor. Nutritious and delicious!

Tracy D says …

My school is nut free, and tuna salad is a go-to lunch because I don't eat most meats. No mayo for me, though! I like a splash of olive oil and cider vinegar, a dash of red and black pepper. Then, I add a hard boiled egg white and a handful of frozen veggies. The veggies are thawed by lunch time, and the mixture tastes great on a sandwich or a bed of greens!

Thu says …

Great Video, Great tips from both Whole Foods and Containers Store. I shop at the Whole Foods twice a week for fresh fish and love your vegetables, Fruits etc.... I will get to the Containers Store some time soon to get those containers. Will forwards this to my friends .

Bonnie Waddell says …

I pack healthy lunches everyday while attending nursing school! I usually bring a yogurt, fruit, and homemade granola mixture as a snack. Grilled chicken or fish with a vegetable or salad as the main lunch. An apple with some healthy peanut butter with flax seeds in case I get hungry around 3. That's about it and I'd love to pack all of that in a nice new lunch package from the container store!

Lauren says …

Mix just about any combination of veggies with whole wheat cous cous or quinoa and a light dressing and you have a n easy healthy lunch!

Ann says …

Ants on a log: celery with nut butter topped with a row of raisins.

Crystal harmon says …

The best way to keep sliced apples fresh in a lunch box is add orange juice. My son loves how it makes them taste. He truly could eat an apple a day!

Gwyn says …

A kid's lunch (according to my son) should be many little pieces; apple slices and cheese and whole grain crackers, and a few pieces of dried fruit, such as raisins or plums. This way, it's a lot less boring than a sandwich.

Claudia Hanlon says …

I'm all for good quality containers for our kids school lunches. I also use them myself. In a world where so much is throw away, we really need to get back to thinking "reuseable" products for our environment. I'm thrilled with the quality of the Container's store products. This is a smart business; this is a smart way of living.

Janet says …

For my kids, I love stocking their lunch boxes with "ants on a log" -- a.k.a., celery, peanut butter & raisins. It's a fun way to get a little nutrition into their bellies.

Cathy says …

Hi! My daughter eats gluten free due to Celiac Disease. I love your ideas for lunch! We are in somewhat of a rut and I am going to incorporate the sushi idea. We are getting a Container Store in Indianapolis and I cannot wait!!!! We do, however, have good luck with BLTs, turkey sandwiches, and taco salad. Those are her top favorites.

Janet says …

I like using avocado butter (simply mash the avocado) to replace regular butter, penut butter, or mayo for all my son's sandwiches. Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid, which are all beneficial to our children's health and growth.

Claudia Hanlon says …

I like putting celery sticks with peanut butter or cream cheese in a lunch container for myself. For my children, besides there sandwhich, I'll put a mix of raisons, grapes and walnuts in a container. The kids love it.

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