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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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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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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!

Rebecca says …

Dinosaur shaped anything. Thank goodness for cookie cutters!

Amy in StL says …

Rollups and Orange wheels are great lunch items and fun to eat.

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!

Elizabeth says …

I like to eat cheese, whole grain crackers and fruit for lunch.

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.

Becca says …

I love packing pasta mixed with veggies. Plus I add crackers, fruit bars, and water. :)

sheila says …

hummus & pita!

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.

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!

ErikaM says …

Chicken curry salad in a whole-wheat pita. Chilled chai to drink. Yum!

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.

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.

Amanda Suzzi says …

I like to make sure my lunch is a rainbow of colors!

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.

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.

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.

Dawn says …

Thanks for this! Try spreading slices of apple, pear, or other hard fruit with nut butter. All organic, of course!

Crystal says …

I have 3 boys, ages 11, 8, and 3. We're a veggie family, so they either take pb&honey on whole wheat or leftovers in a thermos, with raw veggies cut into sticks and a piece of fruit (whatever is in season). My 3-year-old absolutely LOVES hummus (so do my husband and I), so I make a big batch on the weekend for us all to dip our veggies in throughout the week. I also make a low fat ranch-type dip made with organic yogurt and sour cream for variety sometimes! For some reason, my 2 youngest kids get a kick out of taking a whole carrot (scrubbed), but don't usually eat baby carrots! Thanks for the video!

Garden Girl says …

One of my kids favorite things is when I cut their bread into a puzzle. Simple puzzle with their the first letter of their name or a simple shape. They also love specialty toothpicks for their healthy finger foods--I have found little swords, frilly ended ones, etc. But, they always say their favorite part is a note from mom or dad.

Anna says …

My son is a HUGE pasta fan, so for lunch gluten free pasta with pesto and chicken topped with fresh spinach and red bell peppers is a favorite. There are never any left over snacks for the dog that day :)

Terri says …

Low-sodium turkey sandwich in a whole-wheat pita pocket, celery sticks with peanut butter, a nectarine, and some lightly salted mixed nuts. Yum!!

Dawn says …

I like to have containers for keeping things warm during the winter months. Healthy mac & cheese and homemade soups are so delish!

Christopher Sorel says …

Make a eggplant, tomato, garlic and pepper salad. Goes great with any grilled meat or sandwich

Isabel says …

Thanks for all the good lunch ideas. My daughters love hummus, tomato and bib lettuce sandwich on whole grain honey wheat bread. I cut it into triangles for easier eating. I also freeze some Stoney Field kids yogurt sticks to send with lunch.

Linda says …

BPA-free containers make for healthy ways to carry my lunch on my bicycle to work everyday. Thanks for the 'Colorful Klip-it Lunch Cube' into which I pack a salad with fresh greens, organic dried cranberries, toasted walnuts, tomatoes, and cukes. I carry a flax-seed sandwich with peanut butter and jelly on the side.

janna says …

Hummus with star and moon shaped cucumbers to dip with.

Aamina says …

I like to give my kids some protein, grains, fruits and veggies for lunch. For lunch, its usually a sandwich with chicken or cheese and carrot sticks. For snack its either apple slices or orange slices. Water for drink. Keep it simple, easy. Don't over complicate. Kids like the same thing again and again. They really won't mind.

Christin says …

My daughter loves ants on a log, but the log often varies from carrots, to apple slices, etc... (those ants get around HA HA) I also love packing fruits, different cheeses, veggies and leaving a tortilla so she can make her own wraps. She enjoys the creativity and it mimics those lovely processed lunchable things

Marie O. says …

My favorite brown bag style lunch snack is carrot sticks sprinkled with Furikake - delicious!

jenna says …

most important. WHAT WOULD WE LOOK LIKE TODAY IF WE KNEW WHAT WE NOW? HEALTHIER, CUTER PEOPLE

Rachel says …

My children love whole wheat mini pita bread, hummus dip, pimento cheese and chicken. A fruit parfait is their favorite for dessert. Thanks for the great video.

Deb Good says …

Fun, Easy, and exciting sounds great for lunches. My kid loves sushi!

Nadine says …

My son doesn't like sandwiches, so we usually send him in with different containers of food. On most days he has a container of fruit (grapes, apples, strawberries, etc.), one container of veggies (carrots or green beans), a container with turkey, chicken or ham and a breakfast bar. He loves it!

Debbie Terry says …

String cheese is on the top of my list.

Andrea says …

Because we eat organically I pack my daughter's lunches to incorporate a rainbow of colors every day. Not only is it fun for her but it is nutritious as well. Her friends love to look and see what she is eating and often comment on how much better her food looks than the cafeteria lunches. I utilize only BPA free containers which last years and keep everything fresh and organized in her lunch box. I love how the containers are top rack dishwasher safe. Keeping my child safe from toxins and at the same time helping the environment by eliminating all of the daily throw away one time use products makes me feel that I am doing that much more to help our planet stay green and pollution free. My daughters favorite lunch is an Asian summer roll which she has learned how to make herself. It is full of carrots,cucumbers,noodles and crab. We also include a sauce to dip it in. It makes for a great finger food!

Carolyn says …

When I was working I packed my lunch to save money and as a healthier alternative to 'fast food' or cafeteria food. I loved packing fresh salads. I packed certain ingredients separate, especially the dressing, so that the salad did not get soggy.

Johanna says …

Sometimes I just like a peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat and some carrots. Other times I like salad with veggies and seitan.

Janine says …

My son loves lentil soup!

B says …

No children, but I like to pack sandwiches on homemade bread, tuna salad, chicken salad and leftovers, and these containers look terrific. My favorites are the sandwich container and the bento box type container. Thanks for the interesting and helpful video. May even pick up some sushi at Whole Foods and the sushi container at The Container Store!

Linda K. Noblin says …

Thank you for the helpful lunch tips. Many of the tips I already use; however, there were a few new ones that will certainly be helpful when the children return to school. I'm a grama who packs daily lunches for my two grandchildren. Every tidbit helps when encouraging children to eat healthy while helping to preserve our environment by packing lunches that have zip impact on our environment. Thanks, Linda

Katherine says …

I make my own ice-cube size individual servings of guacamole and freeze entire batches at once. Then, when I'm packing for lunch, I can pull just one out and it's thawed by noon!

Ann says …

Baked tofu, grapes, carrots, and broccoli.

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