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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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jj says …

hummus with multiple things to dip- pretzels, crackers, olives, carrots, red peppers, etc

Ronee Goldstone says …

Raw nut bread with sliced red peppers and cucumbers and a raw goji berry granola bar made from nuts, flax seeds, dates, and goji berries for dessert. All the "food is prepared in a dehydrator to keep it "alive" and nutritious. My daughter loves them. Yummy!

Lee says …

Packing nutricious lunches and snacks should not be a chore....it should be FUN! Enjoy the abundance of fruits this time of year and all the beautiful colors..Fruit Kabobs are so portable and helps you get in your daily requirements. Homemade Trail mix for snacks. I can not wait to visit the Container store...loved the video!

Cathy Edwards says …

Packing your own lunch let's you control sodium & sugar. Low sodium & salt recipies can still be tasty.

Liz Aulis says …

I love Whole Foods and have been really wanting to check out the container store, so let me win the $100.00. thank

Robin Newton says …

Mine likes a "Jammin' Ham" sandwich--a slice of Applegate ham and some organic strawberry jam spread on a tortilla and rolled up. Delicious. You should try it!

Minerva says …

The family's favorite lunches are dinner leftovers. The food seems to taste so much better the next day!

elaine says …

Thank you for highlighting the "BPA-free" containers. This nasty component found in a lot of plastics can already be found in trace amounts in most blood samples taken these days. YUK! The more we can do to keep synthetic chemicals out of our kids' bodies, the better!

Lisa says …

Lunches can be amazing with a little thought and effort

Joya Schwartzberg says …

I like to make enough dinner to pack leftovers for lunch but my other go-to options are: hummus w/ veggies, veggie and bean burritos, mini pizzas made on whole wheat pitas, turkey chili, grilled cheese w/ tomato and avocado. A couple times a week I like to pack a note and a surprise such as a slice of homemade banana bread or granola bar(we love the WF recipe).

Heidi says …

When sandwiches get boring, we switch to finger foods. Crackers, organic cheeses and deli meats for the main entree with baby carrots and dip on the side. And it wouldn't be complete without some organic grapes for something sweet. Fast and nutritious!

karen says …

Every week we shop at whole foods picking out "one special treat" to be eaten that day and collecting what we want for our lunches the following week. Every month I focus on one nutrient, looking for foods with: vitamin C, or Omega 3's...you get the idea and we incorporate our "nutrient of the month" in our food selections for lunches that month....it has produced some interesting results!

Barbara Bibel says …

Moroccan tomato salad is easy to make and very versatile. You can eat it as is, put it in a sandwich (it's delicious with either Mozzarella or Jack cheese!), or use it as a dip for veggies. So many possibilities for lunches, dinners, or snacks!

david dyson says …

I pack the kids lunches everyday with lots of fruit and veggies

Larry Daniel says …

Love the cube, can't wait to add this to the options.

Laura says …

Mac & cheese from scratch with cauliflower puree. Veggie Phyllo Triangles: Saute veggies. Add cheese and/or scrambled egg. Put between 2 sheets of Phyllo. Brush with butter. Cook at 350 degrees, 10-15 minutes. When cool, cut into triangles with pizza cutter. Mini-Quiche: Cook at 300 degrees in cupcake/muffin pan, 15-20 minutes with ingredients of your choice.

Kris H says …

I like crackers and cheese. Also cold pasta with salad dressing, cheese and my favorite meat/chicken/pepperoni.

Jess S. says …

For a really quick lunch, I spread some almond butter on a wrap, add a layer of sliced strawberries, roll it and cut it into pinwheels. That, along with a yogurt and baby carrots makes a nice and easy meal.

Lorien says …

Pita bread with cream cheese, avocado and curry powder; walnuts and raisins, homemade popcorn!

Pam Suver says …

could you share the "how-to's" for the sushi shown in the video?

Michael says …

Rye Crisps with cheese slices and sliced tomato - a deconstructed cheese and tomato sandwich that travels well.

Rachel Turkal says …

Seeing this video makes me wish that my toddler was school aged so I could pack fabulous lunches. Currently My son likes yogurt and any type of lunch meat for lunch.

john chowanec says …

i like to make a good sandwich with italian bread, ham, provolone,tomatoe,fresh basil with balsamic vinegar & xtra virgin olive oil!

Sarah says …

I love to take ideas from bento boxes- some of the ideas people have are great! It also makes it easy to eat some for a snack and some for lunch.

BG says …

Love the ideas. We have a little one starting preschool, and I can use all the help I can get!

Leanne says …

Thanks for the helpful hints from two of my favorite stores! I have two closets from the Container Store, but I haven’t tried the lunch containers. These are great ideas for lunch! Thank you!

leslie roth says …

My daughter loves soup for lunch. I warm it in the morning, put it in a thermos and it's ready at lunch time.

Sandra Coyner says …

I like to send cut up fruit with a toothpick included because for some reason it is just more fun to eat with a toothpick! I always pack waste free lunches in reusable containers and send cloth napkins instead of paper. You can buy cheap napkins and let your kids decorate them. I change up the always asked for peanut butter and jelly by sometimes making it peanut butter with sliced bananas or even strawberries!

Katie says …

I like to pack a Bento style lunch for my kids. I fill the compartments with healthy food like meats, veggies, and fruit pieces.

Amy says …

I LOVE those cute containers!! So, some ideas I can share are canned salmon wraps, which are whole grain torillas with salmon, mayo, raisins and lettuce-yum!! I also like to send fresh veggies with hummus. For something sweet, I like to find a healthy but sweet bite size breakfast cereal that might be too sweet for breakfast but perfect for a sweet snack.

Jennifer C says …

My six-year-old daughter loves food that she can dip, so I have found that raw veggies, crackers, and hummus is a fun and nutritious lunch for her.

Corina says …

granola bar and a smoothie drink.

Carmen says …

What a great video. So excited that The Container Store just opened it's doors in Charlotte and I am anxiously awaiting Whole Foods to open. Those are the cutest containers ever. I agree with the comment about it being hard to find a lunchbox that fits all the cute containers for lunches, I prefer one that sits upright. My school year resolution is to pack healthy, bento style lunches this year. For summer camp, they have had sandwiches on whole grain bread, carrots or cucumbers, watermelon, cherries, grapes or apples and a homemade sweet treat with xylitol (instead of sugar). We are trying to eat whole & organic foods.

Betsy says …

Thanks for the good ideas, both from the video and the comments. One of my favorite lunchbox containers has been a holder for a single muffin...small enough to snug in one homemade muffin. Unfortunately ours were purchased before we knew about BPA and I'm looking for a labeled alternative. Any suggestions?

Janice says …

I like containers that have several dividers to keep things separate. Saves money to make yput own lunchablles

Jacqueline Grant says …

Excellent lunch ideas with beautifully designed product make back to school lunches a breeze! I'll have to order your products online as there are no Container Stores in the Orlando Area. The ideas of what to pack are great. I can now be as creative as I wish as half the challenge is in how to transport the food. Greek yogurt, honey and apple dippers, sushi - fruit or veggie - are the perfect treat - and mini wraps are always a hit for my three kids ages 9 to 16. Thank you!!

Laura Brown says …

I love the idea of combining Whole Foods and the Container Store. Both offer unique options, and more eco (and actually budget) friendly ideas and it's great to see them together. Salads are a great way to get in all the nutrients someone needs. Adding grapes, onion, tuna or chicken, to a bed of spinach really gets the taste buds excited when a little lemon and olive oil is included. Another favorite are wraps - you can add just about anything in a wrap and make it more fun!

Ronald Bernheim says …

Just clean out the frig.

Lori says …

Hummus with red, green, orange and yellow bell peppers! Delicious and colorful!

katie says …

my favorite fun/healthy lunch i like to call my "tasting plate". which includes but is not limited to a couple of each: baby carrots with hummus, celery and or apples with sunflower seed butter (Sunbutter), ham and cheese roll ups, a hard boiled egg and one piece of good chocolate for last. i just love to be able to nibble on different things, it's actually pretty filling and holds me til dinner. :)

Randi says …

Thanks for the lunch making/storage tips. They're sure to come in handy!!

Suzanne Rivers says …

Providing dips for fruits and veggies makes eating them more fun - and provides additional protein!! I like plain yogurt with a drizzle of honey on top for dipping strawberries, peanut butter with a few mini chocolate chips on top for apple slices, hummus for veggies like carrots, celery, jicama, and cherry tomatoes.

Joseph C. Dioguardi says …

I love to simply pack, with my lunch, a variety of frozen fruits with a couple of table spoons of raw honey, in a plastic container. Keeps my lunch cool and my stomach full.

Joanna Grinberg-Ayala says …

A sliced apple with almond butter is a great nutritious and fun snack. For lunch I like to give my child whole wheat or rice pasta with mixed veggies. And a joke, sticker, or funny note attached, makes it all the more appealing :).

Cindy says …

My favorite is toasted, sprouted wheat bread spread with Whole Foods fresh-ground almond butter and a sweet and tangy preserve like peach apricot. Add to it sides of fresh fruit and fresh veggies. The Container Store divided containers would be perfect! Also, love all the great ideas for my grandson who starts kindergarten.

Pam Suver says …

Great video, with lots of good tips. My husband packs his lunch daily, so what about some suggestions for adult lunches?

jill bilcheck says …

My children love when I use cookie cutters in different shapes to turn their sandwiches into fun things like hearts, flowers and butterflies! It's also an easy way to remove the crusts without waste.

Ellen says …

I love to make roll-up sandwiches and cut them into circles! You can do this with bread or tortillas, and almost any filling!

Robin says …

A nutritious lunch for kids can be a nice salad with homemade Ranch dressing --- leaving you free of all the yucky additives. Let your child pick out their own reusebale beverage bottle and they'll be more likely to use it. 80-90% of our lunches use reuseable containers and nutritious lunches are taken to work and school every day.

mindy says …

I love an insulated lunch bag and filling it up with simple whole foods buritos for my husband. Very simple, easy with a busy life.

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