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Get Snack-Happy and Win!

By Rebecca Joerres, August 23, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Rebecca Joerres
It’s back to school season and that means it’s time to get creative with afterschool snacks and lunches, and time to stock up on dorm room nosh. In the spirit of keeping our readers healthy, snack-happy and on-budget this school year, we’re giving 10 lucky winners each a set of snack-packing essentials and a $25 gift card from The Container Store, plus a $100 Whole Foods Market gift card to help keep you stocked up this fall. Just tell us about your favorite healthy snack in the comments below by September 6th and your comment might be randomly selected as a winner. Check out these snack-packing essentials you’ll find at The Container Store:

Insulated Lunch Carrier

Keep your food chilled while you’re on the go.

lunchskins Sandwich Bag

Replace those plastic sandwich bags with these reusable ones made from quick-drying, lightweight cotton fabric. BPA-free!

Colorful Klip-It Lunch Cube

Ingeniously arranged dividers keep a sandwich, chips and fruit tastefully compact and compartmentalized.

Klipo Cutlery Set

Say "so long" to disposable cutlery! Set includes two handles with interchangeable utensils – choose from chopsticks, a knife, for or spoon.

PeopleTowels Reusable Napkin

This earth-friendly napkin was designed to be easy to use and portable. It's absorbent, lightweight and fast drying — without the waste.

EZ Freeze Ice Block

Put it in the freezer overnight then add it to a lunch tote in the morning to keep food and beverages cool for hours.

Tellfresh Lunch Kits

Grab your lunch and go with these convenient Lunch Kits. Each kit comes with a fork that fits into an integrated storage slot in the lid.

Once you have your essential containers, try filling them with some of our favorite snacks (click on the image for the recipe):

Tell us about your favorite healthy snack in the comment section below by September 6th for a chance to win.




Lisa Chyette says ...
Plain yogurt with fresh fruit or frozen fruit heated up if i'm out of fresh fruit with 2 tablespoons of granola
09/01/2011 10:26:45 PM CDT
Angela says ...
I asked my grandchildren what their favorite healthy snacks were....the 5 year old girl replied- Apples, oranges, plums and grapes! Her 7 year old brother replied "Broccoli"!
09/03/2011 5:51:59 PM CDT
Danielle B. says ...
Our favorite healthy snack is our "bananna splits". We take one whole bananna and slice it length wise. Next get one scoop of lowfat cottage cheese and put on top of the bananna. Top the cottage cheese with 1 tbsp of organic strawberry preserves and sprinkle with peanuts! The kids love it and don't even miss the real thing!
09/04/2011 6:45:12 AM CDT
Julia says ...
My favorite healthy snacks are: banana "soft-serve" made from frozen bananas with coconut milk, processed until smooth. And, I love popcorn topped with Nutritional Yeast and Old Bay Seasoning!
08/24/2011 9:10:58 PM CDT
emily says ...
We LOVE homemade frozen pops made from star molds we got from WF!
08/24/2011 9:15:00 PM CDT
Brandie says ...
I love a simple apple with peanut butter for a snack, breakfast, or lunch. What's even better is my almost 4 year old daughter loves it as much as I do!
09/04/2011 12:35:00 PM CDT
Amy says ...
I love to take half a ripe avocado, cut into little cubes and put it in a small mug or bowl. Then squeeze some lemon juice and sprinkle some salt and pepper and eat with a spoon. The citrus preserves the vivid green of the avocado so it's pretty the whole time I'm eating it too. Yum.
09/03/2011 2:18:02 AM CDT
Teri Kelley says ...
Our favorite snack? We like to layer organic vanilla or strawberry yogurt, granola, and fresh fruit.
09/03/2011 7:06:19 AM CDT
Kim says ...
I really like to make homemade smoothies for a snack. I will add fresh or frozen berries, pom or wild blueberry juice, almond milk or even Greek yogurt. I use honey/agave nectar for sweetness and I might add liquid fruit/veg concentrates or ground flax seeds. I also like whole wheat crackers with organic white cheddar cheese slices. Kettle popcorn and pretzels mix is good too.
08/24/2011 10:31:42 AM CDT
Janice says ...
Greek yogurt with whole grain nugget cereal and fresh or frozen Maine blueberries mixed in.
08/24/2011 7:08:12 PM CDT
Catherine Mulhall says ...
Beans ( black-eyed peas, black and garbonzo ) onion, and colored peppers...add some uncooked fresh corn OFF the cob, plain or tossed with a little vinager based dressing. Gobble with blue tortilla chips or add some to your salds or omletes! Delicious!
08/25/2011 6:09:12 AM CDT
Sonya Lynch says ...
My son likes carrots dipped in peanut butter. This is especially healthy and he thought of it himself.
09/06/2011 10:27:25 AM CDT
Al Z says ...
For me, a small handful of raw nuts/legumes (almonds, cashews, pistachios, etc.) seems to do the trick nicely. Not too often though as the fat calories can quickly add up, even with raw.
09/06/2011 10:37:08 AM CDT
Julianne says ...
My favorite snack is apple slices with all natural peanut butter.
08/26/2011 3:02:40 PM CDT
Lily says ...
I like all vegetable chips and toasted sea weed for snacks.
08/27/2011 10:19:07 AM CDT
Carol K. says ...
For my Snack-Happy break, in a container, I crunch up some graham crackers, add my favorite nuts, and cover it with something healthy and creamy like yogurt, cottage cheese, or a frozen treat. Then I add fresh fruit, fruit coctail or a rasberry preserve. (Whip cream, ginger, honey, and citrus are optional flavs that I love to add, too!) To complete it, I sprinkle with a hearty helping of cinnamon. I love making this snack because it looks like a piece of art and because I know the crunchy and smooth textures are sure to please. The cinnamon's aroma is oh so relaxing. "Wholesome and yummy!" :)
08/26/2011 12:00:28 AM CDT
Beth says ...
I love using whole wheat tortillas for all kinds of snacks in my son's lunchbox. Chilled quesadillas with cheese and leftover meats and veggies, rolled w/ nut butter or sun butter and fruit, layered with cream cheese and veggies, or rolled with sweetened cinnamon cream cheese and apples. Best if all, he loves these snacks too and can help me make them.
08/24/2011 7:32:23 PM CDT
Tami says ...
My favorite snack is rice cakes topped with peanutbutter and sliced bananas. YUM!
08/24/2011 7:12:32 PM CDT
Thia says ...
My favorites are celery with peanut butter and guacamole with red bell peppers. The chocolate earth balls is also really good.
08/24/2011 7:14:56 PM CDT
Judy H says ...
bruscetta- Mix diced tomatoes, chopped basil and garlic. Add olive oil and season with sea salt and pepper. Place on toasted italian bread with a bit of shredded mozzarella. It's hearty enough to last until dinner! Mmmmmm.
08/24/2011 7:00:42 PM CDT
Tim Allen says ...
My favorite healthy snack is cubes fresh pineapple, watermelon, and honeydew melon!
08/24/2011 7:05:36 PM CDT
Melissa says ...
Our favorite healthy snack is cut, raw vegetables with dip or cut, mixed fruit.
08/25/2011 1:05:01 AM CDT
Karen P. says ...
My children love fresh fruit chunks together -- such as apples, cantalopes, and strawberries
08/25/2011 10:11:54 AM CDT
Shelby says ...
When I was a kid (way before Smoothies became popular), my mom would put frozen peach chunks in the blender and make Peach Slushies. We were trendy way ahead of time!
08/26/2011 5:47:12 AM CDT
Christa says ...
Just found a local producer of BAKED APPLE hummus--yum!
08/26/2011 6:06:32 AM CDT