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Sandwich Free School Lunches – 3 Amazingly Simple Ideas
When you think about packed school lunches, PB&J or ham and cheese sandwiches come to mind. We were a few months into the school year when we discovered our daughter hadn’t been eating her sandwich everyday – she had been throwing it away! With her refusal to eat a sandwich it was time to come up with something else. We were in search of some sandwich free school lunches.
While sandwiches certainly make for a nice school lunch, they are not your only option. Check out these ideas for mixing it up & fixing something different for your kids this school year.
Make It A Wrap
A quick and easy alternative to a sandwich is a wrap. Grab some tortillas and toss your child’s favorite ingredients into a wrap. For us, this includes pretty much anything with Nutella (PB & Nutella, Honey & Nutella, Banana & Nutella).
Wraps are also great for adding lots of lettuce and extra veggies. One simple tip to sneak a variety of veggies into the wrap is to shred them in a food processor before adding them to a wrap. Zucchini, sweet peppers, carrots, cucumbers and beets work great with this method. Throw those in with some hummus or cream cheese and your are done mama!
Roll it up like a burrito and if desired, cut it in half. If you have small kiddos they each get half and you get away with only making one wrap in the morning!
The wrap is good as is, or you can pack a small serving of salad dressing to dip. Ranch is always a favorite around here. Just make sure you pack it in a small, airtight container so your child doesn’t end up with ranch all over her lunch box (ask me know I know). Here are some great dressing containers.
Who Doesn’t Love Snack Food And Lunchables?
I have yet to meet a child that doesn’t love lunchables. But have you looked at the price of those found at the grocery store lately? Plus I’m not the biggest fan of the food options. Why not make your own version instead with fresh ingredients and food you know your child will eat? Start with some sandwich meat and cheese cut into bite-sized pieces. Add some fresh raw veggies like sliced cucumber, celery sticks, and baby carrots. Throw in some fresh or dried fruit and you have a delicious, healthy, homemade version.
Of course you can turn any of your child’s favorite snack foods including popcorn, trail mix, crackers, cheese, fruits and veggies and the likes into lunch. Grab a container with lots of little dividers (bento boxes like these are perfect) and fill them up with kid-friendly favorites.
Healthy Salads For Lunch
We were a bit surprised when our daughter requested salads for lunch. We were more than supportive of her request and made sure we came up with a way to make this happen. Get a container with a tight fitting lid and add all your child’s favorite salad ingredients minus the dressing in there.
I personally think this idea for packing salads in school lunches is genius. To be earth-friendly just have your kiddo bring them home to be washed instead of tossing them each day.
Start with a bed of lettuce greens, add raw veggies, croutons, bacon bits, nuts and seeds and the likes. Top it with a source of protein like cheese, hard-boiled egg, ham or turkey, or even some grilled chicken.
Pack dressing in a separate container along with a fork and napkin and lunch is done. You can assemble the salad the night before and store it in the fridge. The key is to make sure all your ingredients are very dry. If you’re washing your lettuce, use a salad spinner, or dry it on some paper towels before starting to pack it. Cutting everything into small bite-sized pieces will ensure that the lunch time salad is easy to eat.
So, there you have it! Some simple ways to pack sandwich free school lunches.
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