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July 2012

  July 2012  


In this issue you'll find:


What works...Success Stories

I Can Eat From the Box On My Lap

"Actually I now pack a lunch because I enjoy making lunches with my bento lunchbox. And eating is less frustrating too because I can eat straight from the box on my lap instead of dragging out bags and mismatched containers and trying to find a surface to lay it all out on so maybe I can eat!! Thanks!”

    -- Lynn Howard Austin, TX

So Easy to Use

“I love your product and have told all my friends about it. It allows the kids to eat a healthy, environmentally friendly lunch with lots of variety. So easy to use and for little hands to get their goodies."

    -- Jorganna, Boca Raton, FL

Food Inspiration  

"I love finding ‘food inspiration’ and building a lunch around it.”

    -- Sheila Rasmussen, Northville, MI

Do you have a success story or photo to share? Email it to us at [email protected].

New Retailers

Earth Fare
3230 Galleria Circle
Birmingham, AL 35244

Palace Market
10300 Route 1
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Stella Boutique
308 Chestnut Street E
Stillwater, MN 55082

Kudzu Mercantile
932 Front Street
Georgetown, SC 29440

655 Deerfield Road, Suite #112
Deerfield, IL 60015

3232 Lake Avenue, Suite #170
Wilmette, IL 60091

Whole Foods
23932 Aliso Creek Road
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Steves Hardware & Housewares
1370 Main Street
St. Helena, CA 94574

Clothes Pony / Dandelion Toys
111 North College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Nico and Lily Toys
224 W. Kennewick Avenue
Kennewick, WA 99336

Meanley and Son
7756 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037

City People’s Garden Store
2939 E. Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98112

Compleat Gourmet
7592 S. University Boulevard
Centennial, CO 80122

Earth Fare
4320 Summit Plaza Drive, Suite D-5
Louisville, KY 40241

Oliver’s Market
546 E. Cotati Avenue
Cotati, CA 94931

Steadman’s Ace Hardware
611 S. Haynes Avenue
Miles City, MT 59301

My Little Children
1622 Coburg Road
Eugene, OR 97401

My Little Children
45 Division Avenue, Suite J
Eugene, OR 97404

Growing Green Bums
296 Bayshore Drive
Niceville, FL 32578

Whole Foods Market
4100 Lomo Alto Drive
Dallas, TX 75219

Whole Foods Market
8190 Park Lane, Suite 351
Dallas, TX 75231

Whole Foods Market
801 East Lamar
Arlington, TX 76011

Whole Foods Market
101 S. Coit Road, Suite 60
Richardson, TX 75080

Whole Foods Market
1401 E. 41st Street
Tulsa, OK 74105

Whole Foods Market
10700 N. Rodney Parham
Little Rock, AR 72212

Whole Foods Market
9607 Research Boulevard, Suite #300
Austin, TX 78759

Whole Foods Market
12601 Hill Country Boulevard
Bee Cave, TX 78738

Whole Foods Market
4301 W. William Cannon
Building “B” Suite 800
Austin, TX 78749

Whole Foods Market
3420 Veterans Memorial Boulevard
Metarie, LA 70002

Whole Foods Market
4004 Bellaire Boulevard
Houston, TX 77025

Whole Foods Market
2955 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77098

Whole Foods Market
11145 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77042

Whole Foods Market
6401 Woodway Drive, Suite 149
Houston, TX 77057

Whole Foods Market
701 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX 77019

Whole Foods Market
6001 N. Western Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73118


From Our Desk to Yours

Wishing You a Wonderful July!

We hope you’ve settled comfortably into your summer routine and that you’re enjoying a less harried schedule. As we move into our busiest season, we’re grateful that we’re able to carve out time for some of our favorite summer activities: hiking, picnicking, and enjoying long walks on the beach with family and friends. We hope you’re finding time for lots of outdoor fun as well! Have a wonderful July, and we’ll see you again in August!

NEW GARDEN BENTO LUNCH BOXES: We completely underestimated how popular this new color combo was going to be, and we’ve already sold out of our first run. But fear not, we should be fully stocked again by next week. Orders will be processed in the order they’re received, so if you’re interested, we recommend ordering soon at Nothing like a summer garden to brighten up your day! We’re so excited that you love these hot new colors as much as we do!

MIS-MATCHED SETS: We’re down to our very last carton of discounted mis-matched sets. From time to time we end up with "extra" containers. Instead of recycling them, we assemble them into "mis-matched" sets, made up of many different colors. We're currently offering these in cartons of 24 only for a flat price of just $384.00 per carton. More information can be found in the DEALS and STEALS section of our Web site at We won’t have more of these in stock until October or November.

MONTHLY FACEBOOK DEAL: Have you discovered the Facebook Deals section of our Facebook page? “Like” us on Facebook at and remain up to date on these specials and other great offers like free menus, kid-friendly recipes, and creative photos.
THIS MONTH IN ATLANTA: We’re very excited about attending the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market from July 13 - 17. If you’re planning to attend, please let us know so we can connect while we’re there. We’re looking forward to a terrific show!



From Your Kitchen to Ours

"The Laptop Lunchbox inspired me to make creative and portion size appropriate lunches and I enjoy using it often."

    -- Rhonda Yount, Arizona

Food for Thought: Mint

Mint has long been used to help relieve digestive discomfort, nausea and stomach cramps. It helps open up the sinuses, relieving congestion and calming coughs. It is cooling and soothing for skin irritation and relieves itching. Mint is used in mouthwashes as a breath freshener and to inhibit the growth of bacteria. It relieves headache pain and helps reduce the length of time the headache lasts.

Besides enjoying a daily cup of mint tea, this herb infuses a refreshing taste and aroma to almost any food, from appetizers to desserts. Try adding some fresh mint leaves to smoothies, frittatas, soups, marinades, and on salads and sandwiches. Eat it mixed with yogurt, fruit, and grains.

For mint recipes and more, visit:


  • Relieves Nausea
  • Good for Digestion
  • Comforts Upset Stomachs
  • Helps Relieve Congestion
  • Beneficial for Asthma
  • Soothes Skin
  • Protects Against Some Cancers
  • Offers Anti-microbial Properties
  • Acts As Breath Freshener

This Month's Recipes: On the Go Bento Snack Boxes
Here are some ideas for easy snack boxes to throw together and go.

Tasty Treats and Tidbits

  • Orange Pepper Slices
  • Miniature Plum Tomatoes
  • Salsa and Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips
  • Spinach Dip
  • Orange Slices
  • Blackberries


Cheese and Cracker Snack Box

  • Iberico Triangle Cheese Slices on a Bed of Lettuce
  • Whole Grain Crackers
  • Miniature Brownie
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Fresh Blueberries


Very Berry Bento

  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Shredded Cabbage with Salad Dressing
  • Strawberries
  • Mixed Roasted Nuts

In the Spotlight: Article by Amy Roskelley and Natalie Monson of Super Healthy Kids

10 Pillars for Better Health by Amy Roskelley and Natalie Monson

About Amy and Natalie:
Amy and Natalie both have a passion for healthy family eating.  As mothers and nutrition advocates, they provide tools and resources for healthy meal planning as well as fun creative food ideas to feed your kids!

Amy has a passion for healthy family living. She has three kids who indulge her in her recipe experiments, most of the time. Amy's hope is for families to find the tools and resources to get their kids eating more fruits and vegetables, and love them!

Natalie is a Registered Dietitian who specializes in helping people develop healthy eating habits. Aside from chasing her two little girls around, she has a passion for helping families live a healthy lifestyle through good food choices and being active.

Amy Roskelley and Natalie Monson

Every parent wants the best for their kids, and desires to feed them healthy food.  But with all the mixed messages in the media, how do you know where to start?  We hear new studies each week demonizing foods from sugar, gluten, protein, and even fat.  You may decide there is nothing left to eat!  The good news is, with all the media hype there are nuggets of good lessons in each study.  We’ve taken into account the health advice that has a big impact on little bodies to help you feed your kids in the real world.  Implement these one at a time, or tackle all 10. It’s up to you!

  1. Eat less sugar! The average child gets 16% of their total calories from added sugars, a whopping 10 teaspoons per day! Added sugar has been linked to childhood obesity, chronic diseases, behavior problems, and more! Keep this number between 0-5%!
  2. Make at least half your meal fruits and vegetables! Increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables in all their forms and varieties have been linked to stronger immunity, lower incidences of cancer, lower weight and more! Kids who eat fruits and veggies at every meal are filling up on high fiber, high nutrient, low calorie foods, in the right portions.
  3. Eat a variety of proteins! Protein is vital to children’s growing brains and bodies! Remember to include non-meat sources of protein like beans, peas, nuts, and seeds.
  4. Include Omega 3s. Fish is high in omega 3 fats, like DHA, which is vital for brain development. Walnuts, flaxseeds, soybeans, kidney beans, olive oil and winter squash are great sources as well. In addition, omega 3s are being linked to reduced inflammation in patients with asthma, arthritis, and eczema. Low consumption of Omega 3’s is common in kids and is a risk factor for disease and behavior problems.
  5. Choose whole grains! There is no reason to continue purchasing and making foods with refined grains. There are delicious alternatives to every refined food. Brown rice, whole wheat breads and pastas are higher in fiber and nutrients than their refined white counterparts.
  6. Stick to 4 meals per day! Kids who are allowed to graze on food all day, do not have the appetite or desire to try new foods. It’s OK for children to be hungry, and even encouraged! When mealtime comes, they will be less picky and healthy food will actually taste better.
  7. Limit sodium. Kids should eat less than 1500mg of sodium per day, a little more than 1/2 teaspoon. Too much sodium puts children at risk for high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, and even kidney disease. Being vigilant about checking labels and avoid adding salt where possible, in favor of herbs and spices is an easy way to stay below the recommendation.
  8. Limit processed foods. Processed foods are any foods you find that are pre-made, packaged, and often require chemicals, food dyes, preservatives, added fats, and added sugars just to be able to keep it on the store shelves without getting spoiled. Children who eat and have access to processed foods eat less fruits and vegetables and develop eating habits that lead to obesity and poor health. Making your food from scratch, planning your meals, shopping the perimeter of the store, and growing your own foods are easy ways to eliminate the need for processed foods.
  9. Drink Water! Water is vital for children. The major source for added sugar for children is sugar sweetened beverages. Sugar sweetened beverages have been blamed for many of the health problems plaguing children today, including childhood obesity. These beverages also replace foods that have nutrients and fiber, which children need to grow.
  10. Sleep well and play hard! When kids spend their day playing outside, rather than in front of a screen, they sleep better, they have less behavior problems, they are happier and even have better self-image.

We believe that as you teach these things to your children, implement them into daily living, and let it be a part of your life, your kids will be healthier, happier, and they will learn the habits necessary for lifetime wellness!

To learn more about Amy and Natalie, visit:

In the News

WFSB - Eyewitness News - Better Connecticut

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Victoria Advocate

Pro: It's fine to eat at desk if healthy alternatives are used

Pastor Allen T. Coffey eats lunch at his desk almost every day. To him, it just makes sense. "It's usually too far to go into town and generally too expensive to go out to eat," he said.

Coffey presides over Crescent Valley Baptist Church, which is about three miles away from the nearest city restaurants.

The pastor of the 35-member church prepares his own meals. But just in case Coffey has to work late, he keeps a drawer of Captain's Wafers, Hormel Complete, Chef Boyardee and Sardines. By packing his lunch, he knows exactly what he's eating because he's made the preparations from start to finish. "If you fix yourself a plate, you can control how much you eat," he said.

Amy Hemmert, co-owner of Laptop Lunches, agreed with Coffey about taking lunches to work. "The healthiness of your lunch depends on what you pack," she said.

Hemmert's company of 10 years designs American-style bento boxes designed to help consumers pack nutritious and eco-friendly lunches while managing portion control.

To view the full posting, visit:

Green Opportunities

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SUNSCREEN – Do you find it confusing to figure out which sunscreens to choose and what to look for on sunscreen labels? To learn more, visit:

BERRIES SHOWN TO SIGNIFICANTLY SLOW COGNITIVE DEGENERATION – A recent study suggests that eating one or more servings of blueberries or two or more servings of strawberries each week may help slow cognitive degeneration by several years. To learn more and to read the full article, visit:

UNKNOWN FOOD INGREDIENTS? THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT! – If you read labels on products at the grocery store, this is a handy app to have with you. What good is labeling if you can't understand what you're reading or you are unfamiliar with the ingredients?  Don't Eat That serves as a translator, providing the user with some useful information about each ingredient. To learn more, visit:

Featured Web Site: New Green Basics

E Magazine is a bimonthly magazine that acts as a “clearinghouse” of information, news and resources for people concerned about the environment who want to know “What can I do?” to make a difference. E reports on all the current and emerging issues. It is chock-full of everything environmental -- from recycling to rainforests, and from the global village to our own backyards.

The magazine’s mission is to provide information about environmental issues and to share ideas and resources so that readers can live more sustainable lives and connect with ongoing efforts for change.

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