10 Unique School Lunch Sandwiches

Cynthia Dermody | Feb 2, 2010 Big Kid

  • Better PB&J

    peanut butter, grilled banana and jelly sandwich

    Don't abandon and old standby, spice it up by ...

    -- Subbing sunflower seed or soy nut butter in place of peanut butter.

    -- Adding grilled banana or apple slices along with or instead of preserves.

    -- Spreading cream cheese or honey instead of jelly on the bread.

    -- Serving the PB&J on a tortilla and wrapping or rolling it up.

    -- Cutting the bread into stars, mittens, or other fun shapes with a cookie cutter.

  • Breadless Sandwich

    pretzel sticks standing upright

    Place a few grapes or apple or other fruit slices in the middle of  your child's favorite ham and American or bologna and provolone. Roll up and secure with a toothpick. Or wrap deli meats and cheese slices around a pretzel stick. Salt, crunch, yum!

  • Lunch Kabobs

    greek salad ingredients on a skewer

    Cut leftover chicken, ham, turkey, or steak into half-inch to one-inch cubes and thread onto a wooden skewer, alternating with grape tomatoes, chunks of bread, cheese, pickles and other soft foods your child likes.

  • Bugs Bunny Sandwich

    shredded carrots

    Shred a carrot and mix with mayonnaise and raisins to the amount of your kids' liking. You'll want to put this on a sturdy whole grain bread or roll so it's not reduced to mush by noontime.

  • Pancake Sandwich

    pumpkin waffles and cream cheese sandwiches

    Photo by weelicious

    Take breakfast leftovers and spread one side of the pancake with cream cheese, the other with mashed fruit or preserves. And I don't know a big kid who wouldn't devour the pumpkin waffle and cream cheese sandwiches recently featured as a toddler finger food. I want these right now.

  • Fruits and Nuts

    nuts and fruit

    Sweet and salty -- the perfect combination! And so are all the nutrients, protein, and heart-healthy fats. Try cashew or almond butter on a pita with slices of peaches or jam. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds for a little extra crunch and interest.

  • Hummus Sandwich

    hummus in a bowl

    Cafe Kim in Food & Party Buzz recently featured these healthy hummus sandwiches, served on a pita. This meal is packed with protein and lots of fresh vegetables, two things growing kids need lots of.

  • Spiral Sandwich

    spiral sandwiches

    It's all in the presentation. Spread 1/2 cup of cream cheese on a tortilla and layer with sliced tomatoes, cheese, spinach, ham, roast beef, turkey, whatever you have handy. Slice about a 1/2 inch to one-inch thick.

  • Banana Dog

    hot dog banana

    Remember that peanut butter and banana idea? Now spread the PB on a hot dog roll and put an unpeeled banana in the lunch bag. At lunch time, your child peels the banana and places it inside the bun ... fun!

  • BLT Wrap

    BLT on focaccia bread

    BLTs on white bread do get boring. A different bread can make the difference.Try a fancier variety like focaccia. Or place the three ingredients in a thin whole-wheat wrap. You can even mix a little lemon juice into the mayonnaise for some extra zip.

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