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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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Samantha Polski says …

I like to put the ingredients for tacos each in their own containers to stay nice and fresh....cheese, rice, lettuce,pico, chicken pieces, and tortillas. Then I heat up the chicken container and enjoy fresh tacos for lunch anytime at work! :)

sara says …

my go to is peanut butter and jelly

Sarah says …

I love to make a delicious salad for dinner and take the leftovers to work for a healthy lunch!

lisa says …

einkorn pasta salad with lots of veggies snuck in, in tomato sauce with grass fed ground beef. apple slices with homemade caramel sauce made with coconut sugar. yummmm...

Francisca says …

I love the great ideas and all the containers!!

Melissa says …

As an alternative to sandwiches, we're going to try a Mexican bento once or twice a week: black beans, avocado slices, and mango chunks (or other seasonal fruit).

Karen Carter says …

How about homemade pizza dough with organic pizza sauce and 365 organic cheese....

tanya says …

I pack my husband a healthy lunch every day. I try to pack it the night before just in case time is limited in the mornings. One lunch that I make for him is a wrap made out of romaine lettuce and turkey breast. I usually include mixed raw nuts and seeds with some carrot and celery sticks for him to munch on. For dessert he likes either a small flavored greek yogurt or a Granny Smith apple. It doesn't get much better than that!!!

Dianna says …

For an older kid, homemade pickles, crusty bread, a few slices of salami, and good cheese (cheddar's nice) make an excellent lunch.

Melinda Albers says …

I Love the Container Store! I recently moved from a house to an appartment and quickly saw that I needed to size down and get organized Fast! The Container Store helped me do just that, in so many areas! I have my kitchen yet to do though, so I need to Container Store again! Thanks for all your help! Melinda

stephanie lamar says …

I make my boys little crackers with some sliced chicken and cheese. They love making little sandwiches. Easy to make!!

Linda Pannullo says …

hi I send my kids to school with bagels and containers of peaches. It is something they can pick up in a hurry on their way out the door. thanks

emily says …

Stir-fry with peppers and rice makes a great, healthy lunch!

annette says …

rotini pasta with pesto, small container pineapple chunks, bottle with half juice/half water--and none of it comes back home. :)

susan says …

Skewers of veggies and fruit paired with chunks of leftover cooked chicken breast. a small container of hummos and a bag or box of celery, jicama, carrots, and tomatoes. a bag or box of popcorn with parmesan cheese and a "roll up" of turkey breast, cheese, mustard/mayo, and lettuce held in a roll with a toothpick. small bags of mixed nuts and dry fruit.

robin s says …

My daughter likes for me to pack a lightly toasted plain bagel and in a container lettuce, tomato, cucumber slices and ham so that she can make a bagel sandwich. Along with that I pack grapes, carrots, applesauce or yougurt and crasins.

Corbin says …

Favorite new sandwich bread for my little one is the "one bun.". It's a great size and perfect for a variety of sandwich types.

ursula says …

I love making hummus of all flavors including plain, black bean, and sun-dried tomato. Then I send celery, cucumber and carrots for dipping. This makes eating veggies fun and gives them a bit of protein in their meal.

penni says …

I love to pack lunches of hummus or other bean dips, along with whole-grain pita and a variety of raw or steamed veggies for dipping. Thanks to The Container Store for the great lunch-toting containers they have to offer!

Rachel says …

I am a nursery school teacher, and I have never met a child who doesn't love to dip during lunch: carrots in hummos, celery in soft cheese, even a rolled up omelette dipped in ketchup. Dipping just makes lunch fun!

Carren Panico says …

My favorite lunch is smoked salmon & avocado lettuce boats. I cut up the salmon & avocado, drizzle a little balsamic vinegar & serve on a lettuce leave. Yum!

Linda Jennings says …

Wow! In just 5 minutes I learned a lot about packing a school lunch. I thought I was pretty good at it, but in reality, mine are boring. No wonder my son swaps with friends. I love the food and bpa-free food containers and will definitely try some of these ideas.

T Eans says …

Easy, the munchables / Carrots and Celery and Radishes ~ There audible thus fun to eat :) T

Jeff Hancock says …

My kids love humus and chips or humus and carrots. My wife bought new lunchboxes this year that fit our Container Store containers perfectly! One pocket for morning and afternoon snacks (yogurt, raisens, apple slices and even carrots) and one pocket for lunch. Those may sizes of containers makes for easy packing more than just a sandwich and chips...

Lynn says …

I like to pack all the makings for a sandwich separately which can then be created at lunch time inside of a tortilla instead of on regular bread. I include a small container of mayo with some kind of flavor added (basil, spicy peppers, etc.)

Will says …

Taco Salad. Easy and you can prep it all on Sunday and server it a couple times during the week. Cook a lean ground meat (turkey, chicken or low fat beef). Chop up tomatoes, onions, cilantro and one jalapeno and make enough pico for two lunches and for snacking. Then drain a can of Pinto beans. Portion the beans meat and pico into containers. On the day you eat it, pack up some salad and a container of catalina dressing or tomatillo salsa. Add shredded cheese and come chips if you want.

Jaime Murff says …

What a great video! Because I have kids with food allergies, we really have to watch our proportions...peanut butter is just not an option! So each week we choose a theme for each day (pasta day, Mexican food, Asian cuisine, etc.) and that is how we do our lunches. It's easy to slip in whole grain pastas, brown rice, and then we make sure that there is a fruit and veggie on the side. My kids love it because they chose the theme and it feels like restaurant food (and it gives me hints for dinnertime!) Thanks for the great storage ideas!

kim says …

I love the comments made about great lunch ideas and the best container is the colored container that folds out to be several divided containers but to transport it is just one container to save room it is the best.

Tamra Wilt says …

I pack lunches for my boys everyday so having a menu is very important. At the beginning of the school year and as needed throughout when certain foods get boring each boy creates a menu using a table that is broken out with columns for fruit, vegetable, protein, snack. When I am making my grocery list I will review the menus with the boys to determine what they would like to eat and what is not working. They get a balance healthy lunch and I get an easy and fast way to pack their bags with foods they will eat!

Lanie says …

My two go to lunches are peanut butter and banana sandwiches or cream cheese and organic tomato pitas. Both are delicious and simple to make!

Nancy says …

I love to wrap turkey and swiss with a bit of spicy mustard in a rice tortilla with a side of chips or fresh fruit for lunch.

Amie Rooks says …

My son takes homemade waffles and gluten-free sausage with him almost everyday for lunch. He is a creature of habit! I put lots of pureed fruits and veges in them.

Jamie says …

This is a current topic of interest in our household, as we have a nearly 2-year-old who is about to start school with his very own lunchbox...

Olivia Grace says …

Gluten-free brown rice pasta fusilli with pesto and bits of cut up fresh tomato. Good hot or cold. Another favorite is sauteed tofu cubes with fresh baby carrots.

Selina says …

Pita pizzas with chicken, avocado, tomato and cheese. Yummy!

Valerie Gardner says …

My idea for a fun lunch is to cut up my son's sandwich into puzzle pieces using a puzzle piece sandwich cutter. He'll eat a sandwich like that so much easier than the traditional way!

Flavia says …

As a vegan, my favorite lunches are: 1. Quinoa cooked with seasonal vegetables and a side of fruit and nuts 2. Black bean and corn enchiladas with a little tofu in the enchiladas and again a side of fruit.

JESSICA MILLER says …

Color, color, color! How many colors can we pack into lunch? Veggie sticks and dip, cheese, crackers and grapes! YUM!

Debbie says …

Spinach & artichoke hummus on whole wheat sandwich with with grape tomatoes. Love the ideas and containers in the video.

Meg says …

I'm tired of all this healthy stuff DAY IN and DAY OUT. Mix it up some. Let 'em be kids. Give 'em some comfort food. What screams a need for comfort food more than tests, pop quizzes, difficult assignments, and peer pressure?! Give 'em cold homemade fried chicken from the night before. THE BEST. Give 'em a scoop of Grandmama's macaroni and cheese recipe. And throw in a candy bar or some gummy bears. Don't push 'em all the time. Let 'em laugh and live.

TJ says …

Create a lunch station in your kitchen with easy to grab items that you or your kids can pack for school.

Victoria says …

Slice an avocado in half put a dollop of mayo and some chopped herbs. Close the halves and put in a container. When it's lunch time open the avocado and mix the mayo and herbs in each half. Then spread on a piece of toast. Yummy! cherry tomato, a basil leaf and a small slice of mozzarella on a toothpick.

Christy says …

I like to make a pasta salad with colorful rotini pasta and all of the veggies that my daughter will actually eat. It's colorful, fun and healthy.

Steph says …

Apples, celery and peanut butter are my favorite snacks to pack with my lunch!

debbie grimson says …

This seems really nice. Is it affordable?

Mandiee says …

I love packing vegan lunches for school because they aren't quite as perishable and won't spoil before I have time to eat them (as long as I have a cold pack, of course!) However, I love packing huge salads, so big containers are a must. My favorite combination is a giant romaine and kale salad topped with whatever fresh veggies are in my fridge and a homemade veggie burger. I like to use homemade hummus as a healthy dressing alternative, which also offers a good dose of protein, fiber, and healthy fat. Since the hummus is thick, I put it in the container with the rest of my ingredients, close the lid, and shake it all up. It's important that I have a tight-fitting lid so I can get my shake on! A workout and a healthy lunch? Sounds good to me!

Heather says …

We have a different theme every day for lunch: soup and sandwich day, ethnic day, pasta day, try something new day, leftover day. Each day includes some chopped up strawberries or other seasonal fruit. A few homemade chocolate chip cookies or other sweet treat are included on Mondays and Fridays. Cheese and yogurt tubes are always popular with my girls. So lots of different container needs - keeping liquid contained, keeping dairy cold, keeping soup or pasta hot - that would make the gift card most welcome. Thanks!

Quiana says …

Great video! My daughter just turned one so I'm not quite ready to use these tips for her yet, but I like making anything in the crock pot that can be stretched out over a few days for leftovers.

Marie says …

Since my son was a toddler, he has eaten cooked, but cold, veggies. (Not exclusively, just saying he'll do either warm or cold.) This worked out well when it came time to pack lunches! I can send leftover broccoli, cauliflower, or green beans straight from the fridge to lunch box for his lunchess. Frozen peas or corn have worked well, too. Night before (or even morning of), put them in the container and then off they go to school! Always great to get veggies in, and not just carrot sticks.

Linda Bates says …

My daughter is just now getting into some fun new foods. The most recent ones? Nime chow (with extra sauce for dipping) and quiche! Since she's not a fan of lettuce, we make the nime chow with rice wrappers, bean thread noodles, shrimp, and broccoli. The sauce is soy sauce & a little vinegar with garlic. The quiches have anything from cheese, to broccoli, to a new favorite, mushrooms. Both can be eaten cold and even on the go!

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