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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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Lauren L. says …

Some of our family favorites are: Triple A Sandwich - Almond Butter, Apple & Agave on whole or sprouted wheat - cut into the shape of a heart, star or flower. Veggie Sushi with Brown Rice Seasonal Vegetable Soup with Whole Grain Crackers for dipping And, Lentil Sloppy Joe's (lentils and bun in separate containers so they don't get soggy, and with a spoon for serving.) Best, Lauren L.

Tonya Ward says …

We've been working on acquiring lots of reusable containers over the last few years for packing my son's lunch. Last year his school actually sold cute reusable sandwich and snack bags as a fund raiser! So I bought several of those. We also use cloth napkins instead of paper in his lunch bag every day. In addition to his favorite turkey sandwich, he likes to pack turkey bacon (cook it for "brinner" with eggs and pancakes the night before and make extra) for a change of pace some days. Food markers are fun for writing on an apple or other fruit for lunch - draw a happy face or write "I love you"!

Kelly L. says …

Pita chips and hummus are our favorite quick lunch.

Gina says …

My kids are crazy about Asian cuisine so they get a kick out of Bento Box style lunches. It's not the same ole sandwich everyday and they get a variety to choose from. They had complained about how greasy the school lunches were and now they have even raised the prices. Furthermore, we are a vegan family so what are my kids supposed to eat? I take a lot of joy in packing their lunch because they just end up with a mini version of mine which they love.

Nadia says …

Fun and nutritious lunch: Fresh veggies cut into fun shapes (skills: optional!), a sandwich piled with tofu and veggies on whole wheat bread (cut into a heart if you're making it for someone else, or even for yourself :)), and a small piece of chocolate to finish it off.

Teri Meadows says …

I like to put cut up fruit on kabob sticks. That makes it fun for the girls to eat. It is also fun to get a krinkle cutter and cut carrots and apples.

Laura says …

I pack leftovers from the evening before and it's usually even more delicious! Great video - I will definitely pick up some of the containers.

Zinnia Plaza says …

My children do not eat school lunches so we pack lunch for school daily. They love peanut butter and banana sandwiches onn whole wheat bread. We pack raisins, celery with peanut butter, apples with peanut butter and the list goes on. Thanks container store for the easy to use containers!

Annette Putnam says …

I like to use cookie cutters to cut sandwiches into fun shapes. We also love to use different containers to give our children a variety of fruits, vegetables and healthy snacks.

kelly says …

I love resuable snack bags and use them for everything from carrots/celery to pretzels to breads. no waste for the enviroment and they look cool in lunch bags

Rebecca McCarty says …

I like to make a pita sandwich starting with a whole grain pita and using various flavors of hummus along with cucumber and micro greens. If you change out the flavors on the hummus, it gives a different flavor to each lunch. The micro greens make the sandwich more interesting so the kids are more likely to eat it as opposed to plain old lettuce.

Alice says …

Eat healthier AND save $$. What's not to like?

Lori A. says …

I love cutting my kids sandwiches in fun cookie cutter shapes.

Cathy says …

I pack fruit and veggies in season and also include beans or lentils with olive oil,lemon and fresh herbs and garlic..

Mel says …

For your child, make school lunch fun add the value of fruit and have a make a face week. Pack a few assorted dried fruits so your child can make a face on his/her peanut butter sandwich. Have your child prepack 5 baggies or reusable containers before the week starts that way he/she has a choice and will more likely eat it all. Do stress the importance of not playing with his/her food so to stay out of trouble.

Lorena says …

Pinwheel sandwiches are fun and easy - just spread a tortilla with your fav fixings, roll and slice. Easy peasy!

susan yu says …

I take any cooked small-sized pasta and toss with Italian dressing, pieces of buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers.

Chris Lange says …

I like cheese and crackers with some dips/ spreads for fun. Jam, mustard, salad dressing.

stephanie says …

The sushi container would be great for hummus and veggies or pita breads since you can seal the hummus in the seperate compartment!

Julie Gordon says …

I like to create combinations of food for snacks and/or meals. I have been doing a snack/lunch of sliced applies, peanut butter and raisins or cherries making the apples the "bread" part of the sandwich. The result is a crunch, sweet, tasty and healthy option. Everyone gets to have their say in what they want in the apple sandwich. We add nuts too as a different crunch.

Maria says …

Some ideas my son loves: Mini-whole wheat pitas with fava bean hummus and slices of persian cucumbers; turkey meatballs and penne pasta with a side of shredded parmesean cheese; whole wheat bread with yoghurt cream cheese [similar to Boursin in consistency] with ham in a shape of a puzzle; make your own taco with the items packed separately: corn tortilla, seasoned ground beef, pico de gallo, guacomole, shredded monterey jack cheese.

Terri David says …

I love leftover pizza for lunch, warmed up or cold.

Mary Mattis says …

When I cut roasted chicken into cube shapes my kids down them like cookies! I pair them with antipasta style veggie slices and whole wheat crackers. I mix up the veggie choices for color and texture. They use to ask for "lunchables" type packs because all the other kids had them. Now they help pack their own veggie/fruit choices to change it up everyday!

Cherie says …

Those are some really good lunch ideas!

AnnieM says …

Thanks for all the great tips. I'll be packing lunches for myself soon and will use all this great info.

Keli Vargo says …

My children loved it when I packed "rollups" for them. Just take a whole-grain tortilla and put your favorite low-fat lunch meat down the center. Then place a long, thin slice of your favorite low-fat cheese down that same center. Next, place a strip of pickle or your favorite veggie (bell pepper, onion, etc.) on top of the cheese. Finally, roll the filled tortilla and use a toothpick to secure it. Place in whatever re-usable container you have at home, and you have a pseudo-sandwich. Fresh fruit and/or yogurt seem to be hits in my family as sides.

Julie C says …

I love cooking and experimenting with new, nutritious foods and recipes. My co-workers (fellow nurses as well as doctors) are constantly asking me what I am eating, how I prepared it, and prodding me for advice. I love the opportunity to share quick ideas and inspiring others to add a few different colors to their plate, as well as nutritional yeast , or something else many have never heard of before;) Love yourself and others, cook yummy food. Also when it comes time for snacks and desserts, I bring fresh fruit. I want to inspire others to leave the cookies and cakes and treat themselves to a truly refreshing treat!

Kim says …

I think snacks like hummus and vegetable sticks maybe great additions to lunch boxes. Also, any kind of vegan sushi is great!

Amanda says …

My son's favorite lunch is a whole wheat tortilla that I smear some peanut butter on and then roll up a banana in it and then slice it into discs. But I'll admit that I am definitely needing some new and ideas and inspiration. The video is great!

Tonya C says …

When Making Lunches for My Little Ones, I always Give My child Fruits and Vegetables As Well as A Healthy Sandwich Always Made With Whole Wheat. My Children Participate in Making There Lunches Where as I know that they are getting a well Balance Meal.

Mary says …

My son has a goal of never eating school lunch. We've made it through 6th grade so far! Thanks for the suggestions on here. With that many packed lunches (and 6 more years of them), we need all the help we can get.

Chris says …

My one year old loves avocado, sweet potatoes, tofu and broccoli, with raspberries and nectarine for dessert.

Belinda says …

I picked up about 25 LockTOP containers from OXO (which are BPA-free, freezer, microwave and dishwasher-friendly), and each time I make a recipe in the slow-cooker, I freeze about five portions, so at any time I have a selection of approximately five different dishes to pull out of the freezer on the way to work. No refrigeration needed - the block is still mostly frozen by lunch. 1 minute in the microwave and I have a hearty, easy, nutritious homemade delight for lunch. I come home and pitch the container in the dishwasher. Done. This also works for quick at-home, in-a-pinch dinners of course.

Vanessa Dominguez says …

We love packing food in fun containers. Makes even the most boring food fun again!

Kristen says …

I love dinner leftovers for lunch! It is so easy to make extras while cooking a healthy dinner and then lunch is already made for the next day! I also love fresh fruits with lunch and raw nuts!

Anita ingram says …

Cook turkey bacon ahead of time and store in container in fridge. Wrap around carrot/apple sticks or cheese sticks or mini humas snadwiches.

Shari Morgan says …

My favorite part of packing lunches in these containers also has to do with portion control - which is so importan with our lifestyle today. Childhood obesity could be addressed by using the Whole Foods in comination with options for packing available through The Container Store. It would help eliminate "endless" munching!

Katherine says …

Okay - not sure about fun :) But here, I typically make the girls hummus and tortilla and then always have spinach/lettuce and a fruit on the side.. or in lieu of the hummus/tortilla, a nut butter and homemade jam sandwich. Always looking for new fun ideas though!!

wendy says …

My daughter likes whole grain pitas w/ peanut butter or hazelnut butter then drizzle some local honey...packed with a cheese stick, fruit, & carrot sticks.

Michele Schiavone says …

My kids love chilled orzo salads with chickpeas. Sometimes the orzo contains feta or goat cheese, sometimes it's vegan. Always has delicious fresh seasonal veggies and fresh herbs. FABULOUS & elegant lunch entree for kids & grown-ups!

marcella says …

My sons favorite was always dinner leftovers. We bought a nice thermal jar and he could take all sorts of his favorites and they'd be hot for lunch. Another benefit of reusable containers that wasn't mentioned is that you can see what your child eats and what gets skipped. Helps with planning the next lunch.

JMS says …

Celery and peanut butter and/or cream cheese is always a great alternative to sandwiches for us. Left over quesadillas are a favorite too.

Risa says …

We pack lunch every day mostly for the nutritional value and whole foods that we can put in there, but also because we have a child with a milk allergy. One of our favorites is to use a thermos and make him his own dairy free mac and cheese. He loves it and thinks it is funny to scare the other kids when they think he is eating cheese!!

gregg says …

I bring fruits in by backpack to work.

Natalie says …

My favorite lunches are fresh salads. I keep the ingredients and dressing in individual compartments and at lunch time I just assemble it into a big bowl. Delicious!

Sheri says …

Our most recent upgrade to lunches is substituting avocado for mayo. Not only is it healthier and more nutritious, it travels better.

sfwendy says …

Get a Polar insulated bottle from the Container store, freeze berries, smush them, fill the bottle 1/4 full with them, top off with cold water. It will stay cold & flavorful for lunch, and even longer. Yum!

Stacey says …

Thanks for the great video! I am making lunches for my first time pre-schooler and can't wait to use these ideas!

Rose Schmidt says …

Thanks so much for this video...I am raising my grand daughter and these containers and helpful lunch ideas are the greatest. I Love Whole Foods and do all my shopping there and now I know where to get my containers!!!

Caron Eiman says …

I have a high school senior who hates school lunch, so for a healthier version of PB&J we use 100% sugar free - whole wheat bread, natural peanut butter and no sugar added fruit spread. Add in an apple, Rice works sea salt chips and a serving of almonds and she has brain power for her afternoon classes

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