10 Unique School Lunch Sandwiches

Cynthia Dermody | Feb 2, 2010 Big Kid

  • Better PB&J

    1

    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

    2

    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

    3

    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

    4

    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

    5

    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

    6

    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

    7

    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

    8

    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

    9

    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

    10

    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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