Healthy Lunch Ideas at Edible October 22 2013, 5 Comments

If you’re like me, packing a healthy lunch that your kids will actually eat is one of the most challenging tasks you face each week.

I am honored to be writing for Edible Communities—the James Beard award-winning series of magazines that celebrate local foods, season by season. This month, it's all about healthy lunch ideas.

"I was fed up (and fresh out of ideas). So, together with my kids, we came up with a simple strategy to build a better lunch box. For a system of any kind to be successful in our house it has to be (a) sustainable (one that I can maintain on a busy schedule) and (b) easy (one that my kids can be a part of).

The system had to work in all weather conditions—even on frazzled mornings when we were rushing out the door with barely a minute to spare—otherwise it would lose its appeal. With those guiding principles, we came up with a few simple lunch packing agreements."

Read about our all-weather lunch packing system and get more healthy lunch ideas at Edible Silicon Valley, and be sure to pick up a free copy of the magazine at one of these Bay Area locations. To find Edible in your neighborhood, check out their full list of publications

A mother of two, Jennifer Tyler Lee is the creator of the award-winning healthy eating game, Crunch a Color®, and author of the upcoming book, The 52 New Foods Challenge (Penguin/Avery 2014), a week-by-week playbook to get your family eating healthy, one new food at a time. Like most parents, she struggled to get her kids to eat healthy, balanced meals, so she decided to make it into a healthy eating game and she’s giving back to support non-profit kids’ nutrition programs. Winner of the Dr. Toy and Parent Tested, Parent Approved awards, Crunch a Color® has been featured by Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Rachael Ray's Yum-O!, Laurie David’s Family Dinner, Kiwi Magazine, Dr. Greene, and Yum Food & Fun For Kids, among many others, as a simple, fun and playful way to get kids to eat healthy and try new foods. Jennifer’s passion is making mealtime fun and healthy for busy families. Her easy recipes, quick tips, and new food adventures are regularly featured at Pottery Barn Kids, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, The Huffington Post, and on her weekly recipe blog at