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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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kristina wittchen says …

I like to give my daughter homemade hummus and red peppers for lunch.

Madeline says …

I don't have children in school anymore, but my recent college graduate who began working a few months ago likes to take his lunch to work. He takes sandwiches, but doesn't like plain sliced bread (without being toasted)and so, he takes sandwiches made on rolls, such as pistolettes. The sandwich doesn't get soggy and has a better texture than sliced bread.

Jacque Zannini says …

1 whole wheat tortilla shell spread with organic peanut butter place a banana at one edge and roll up. This travels really well for the day. You can be creative and add organic jam or jelly's, raisens, honey, the list goes on. Thank you, and thanks for the video.

Anna Hendricks says …

I like to make sure that my husband gets a great nutritional bang in his packed lunch. Dehydrated cherry tomatoes mixed with raw almonds is an amazing combo for a snack. For his lunch, a turkey hummus wrap with lettuce, tomato and cucumber with a fruit (whichever is in season). AND I like to make his favorite muffins for a treat, which are loaded with fiber and natural sugars like banana, applesauce, molasses and Stevia :)

Rachel says …

Hummus and veggies wrapped in lettuce.

kris mccabe says …

My 10 and 13 year old prefer lunches made up of snacks-fruit, nuts, crackers. Sometimes a wrap, but never a sandwich.

Regina says …

I'm surprised there were no thermos lunches. Left over soups, stews and pastas are great lunches and heat up quick in the morning.

Ecotechie says …

To prevent my daughters tomato & goat cheese sandwiches from getting soggy ,I butter the roll and put the sliced tomatoes and the goat cheese in separate chilled containers. She assembles them in school or eats them separately.

lindsey says …

I love to pack hummmus with fresh veggie "sticks" and a whole wheat pita.

Melissa Potocnik says …

The salad shaker cups with separate dressing cup and attached utensils are great for healthy lunches.

dias says …

i lived in japan as a kid so, i like to do the obento style lunches. with eggs with paces on it and animal and hello kitty sandwhiches. i do rice and vegan chicken to sandwhich shaps and egg shaps and veggie sticks.

cheryl says …

We love raw almond butter on brown rice cakes. Little containers of balsamic vinegar to dip cut veggies into. Little containers of almonds. Greek yogurt too! Yummy!

sue may says …

Have your kids help make sandwich "wraps" using whole wheat tortillas, and then cut them into pinwheels. Fun and easy to eat!

Robyn says …

Bunny butter wraps!!! Take shredded carrots and mix with unsweetened peanut butter, mix in some raisins and spread on a whole wheat wrap. I like to put sliced celery in mine too for a nice crunch!!!

Lisa says …

Since my daughter didn't have lunch until 1:00 in the afternoon, her lunches always contained healthy snacks she could eat throughout the morning. Some of her favorites would be the applesauce that comes in a pouch & the little Babybel lite cheeses with pretzels. as long as the snacks weren't messy, her teachers let her eat because five hours is a long time to wait for lunch.

saver says …

Like for us adults, so for the kids: I've found in order to be eaten, lunch has to be visually interesting and colorful. That's about more than just entertainment value. The kids get about 15-20 mins for lunch. that includes getting their lunch boxes, eating, putting it away, getting back to learning. And of course, that includes chatter and distraction from classmates etc. So I try to pack as much color and shape interest as I can, and I also try to find things that fill multiple nutrional needs at once. We're a 100% organic household, so everything is already free of artifice, but I work to make it low sugar, low sodium and high in the natural goodnesses. A whole grain something is in every lunch: tea sandwiches cut into fun shapes with cookie cutters. the sandwiches are always made on 100% whole grain bread with peanut butter and strawberries or bananas, or with veggies like cukes etc. Or sometimes it's a mini whole wheat rollup (for little hands to hold easily) with some homemade chicken and greens and tomatoes. Or apple and cheese. I change up the fillings, focusing on what's in season, nutritional balance and visual appeal. A little colorful salad as a side is in every lunch. For example, a sprouted lentil salad with fresh veggies - cukes, tomatoes, potatoes, fresh herbs - is both colorful and cruchy and gets in protein and carbs, plus vitamins and fiber. Or even chopped veggies tossed with some feta. colorful, and multiple nutritional benefits. or brown rice with veggies and tomatoes baked in the oven to make a spanish rice kind of rice. or quinoa with veggies. sometimes they'll get crispy baked veggies instead (again in fun shapes) of the side salad: zucchini crisps, sweet potato "fries", kale chips, etc... Fruits cut out with cookie cutters to make fun shapes are desserts in every lunch. i try to make lunch time big on fruits and veggies, and don't send meats to lunch more than once or twice a week, just because there's always a fish/seafood/chicken/turkey/beef etc component to dinner, and because i worry about food storage etc. Plus lunch has to not smell potent - opening a lunch box and getting a big whiff of tuna doesn't play over well. so my emphasis is on dairy, veggies, fruit, grains. and of course on shape, size, color - I try to make lunch box looks like it's out of a fun storybook, full of fun shapes and nifty surprises.

JW says …

I have always liked peanut butter with fluff.

Angelamaria says …

Thanks for the tips and for showing how I can keep milk fresh. I had tried putting it in a thermos several times, but it always spoiled by lunchtime. With the jelpack it should keep for several hours.

MARIAN says …

This video is great! With just a little organization, money and time you can send your kids off knowing that they have a great meal which will serve them well throughout their important school day. The specialized containers are key also! Thanks.

Kristie says …

Really cute ideas! In fact, I am more inspired to pack fun, little lunches for MYSELF! I work at a high school and enjoy role-modeling good, healthy eating habits for our students. My daughter is all-grown-up now, so I had forgotten to keep lunch packing fun. Thanks for your ideas! I will add them to my own clever ones...

Craig says …

Turkey burger with kale chips or fruit salad.

stephanie says …

A portable lunch container with dividers from the Container Store would have made it much easier to transport my lunch from home to office! I didn't want all of my salad ingredients to mix until right before serving. If I win I could buy a better lunch carrier - I love to try new healthy recipes and need a way to take them on the go. Thanks!

Michelle Chantre says …

One great idea for my 2 children is to put stickers on each item that have encouraging sayings like great job, yum yum, energy...all with funny faces as well to encourage my children to eat and have fun and to avoid switching lunches with the child next to them because then I don't know really what they are putting in their bodies. They love to take wholesome crackers and put different toppings on them-hummus,peanutbutter, cheeses,chocolate, turkey and tomatoe... I love all the suggestions in the video above form whole foods and the Container Store- I would love to win such a generous prize :) Thank you

Mark Smith says …

I like having the confidence that in addition to holding healthy foods, the containers themselves don't introduce unhealthy chemicals either.

Annie says …

Take them shopping with you! They are sure to eat things that they themselves have picked out and asked for!

ellen says …

Thanks for the video and for inspiring all the genius ideas in the comments section! Like a lot of others, I'm big on cookie cutter sandwiches and bite-sized fruit and veggies. We have a set of small star and heart cutters that work well with melon and apple slices.

piper says …

We like to pack vegetarian rice-paper rolls!

Lana says …

Pepperidge Farms makes a Goldfish flatbread now. I plan to use it make ham and cheese sandwiches for the kids. I will add fresh fruit, carrot and celery sticks, and a couple of graham crackers.

Kristi says …

My first-graders love a variety of foods and their taste preferences change constantly, so I'm always on the lookout for new lunch foods to pack. I like to pack their lunches in containers that have separate sections so that I can include dip for veggies or nut butter with apples along with a sandwich of some sort.

Becky says …

Salads! The kids love to prepare meals so having ingredients in their own containers that they cam put together is really fun! A favorite is mixed greens, diced apples, raisins, raw pumpkin seeds, and sliced almonds. Add a honey poppyseed dressing and they are set!

Christine says …

Wraps! But don't put them together until ready to eat: pack the contents separately, pita or tortilla, veggies, sauce, meat.

Peg Whitten says …

Great video!

David says …

Three-cheese grilled sandwiches with Gazpacho

Howie says …

for healthy lunches: fruit that doesn't deteriorate like whole pears, apples, grapes hummus and pita bread ...with cut up veggies too and maybe a low fat granola bar for more crunch. Sounds good to me!

Analee Lucke says …

My daughter kept bringing home her bread. So, instead of a turkey sandwich, I give her turkey filled with cream cheese. I add pita bread in case she wants to make it more sandwich-like. And she's only 3. So, she thinks fruit is a treat. Thus, there's always fruit.

bogganlass says …

I always go with a standard meat/cheese/greens sandwich on homebaked bread. There will be lemonade or iced tea to drink and nuts as a snack.

kara rane says …

informative video, thank YOU. sushi for lunch box = *fun

Kristin O' says …

I think it is fun to leave a note or interesting tidbit that is pertinent to the food. For example, with an apple the note could say 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away'! Nurturing for the heart and brain, kids.

Shayna says …

Whole Foods and The Container Store -- by far the two places I spend the most money!! Love the reusable glass bottle, going to go find it online right now!! Thanks for this informative video!

MQ Dwyer says …

Last year we bought containers from whole foods, which were great. We also have wonderful assorted soup and other containers from the container store. My children like to take chunks of poached, organic chicken. One likes them plain and one with a little organic mayo for dipping. Whole wheat crackers and baby carrots with ranch round it out. We use reusable bottles for water or fruit juice. A small organic, dark chocolate bar or chocolate covered graham crackers make a great finish! We have small containers that are perfect for a little pile of red grapes.

Michelle3 says …

So excited about the "dip & chip" container! My daughter loves hummus with pita chips and veggies. This will be the perfect container. I also love the snack cup with beverage cooler attached! This will be great for fruit slices with yogurt dip in the top to stay cool! Would love the gift card to be able to purchase these containers for my three!

Ashley says …

Dinner to Lunch. I am always trying to use dinner I made the night before to recreate a lunch for the following day. Pasta and meatballs is easily turned into a meatball sandwich. Chicken kabobs can be tucked itnto a pita with hummus and veggies.

Mary says …

A few crostinis, a small portion of cilantro pesto (I usually go with walnuts or almonds to save money), house roasted deli meat cuts like roast beef or turkey, cherry tomatoes sliced, and a bowl of fruit (strawberries, peeled oranges, grapes, or apple slices). A simple avocado spread is nice in place of the pesto as well. Not an all the time lunch but definitely a fun one! They get to build to suit their tastes and creativity.

Heather says …

Antipasti, bento style.

Jackie Finger says …

Hummus, carrot sticks, and pita

Sandy says …

A bento-style lunch made of bite-size veggies with vinaigrette dressing, couscous salad and leftover teriyaki chicken, is a favorite in my household. Much tastier than a plain old sandwich and chips, and assembling and decorating the bento is part of the fun!

Regina says …

Pasta salad made with whole wheat pasta (I use Bionaturae) and packed with seasonal veggies. I also make the dressing and add a little ground flax or flax oil to it. I love that you can make a big batch ahead of time and enjoy the lunch for a few days or even all week!

Emily breaux says …

My boys love to help pack their lunch. We do some of the prep on the weekend when there is more time. Pealing carrots and slicing veggies, and getting them into bite size portions is fun for them, plus, they tend to eat the veggies during the preparation, so it's a win-win"

Lizzet says …

This ideas are amazing! I like to pack my kids an organic yogurt with sides of fruits and organic granola. It is always a big hit. I totally agree that the packaging of their lunches make a huge difference in my kids lunch experience. Thank you for the great ideas!

Andrea Rackow says …

Two days ago I made my son a sandwich with turkey and cheddar on whole wheat bread, which he has never once agreed to eat, but this time I used a cookie cutter in the shape of an elephant and he actually ate some! He said he wouldn't, but two minutes later there he was eating some turkey. The monkey cookie cutter will be next! And I would like some of those Container Store containers to pack it all up in! thanks!

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