Sandwich substitutes for better bag lunches are always a welcome way to switch things up in your child’s lunch box. It doesn’t take too much thought or energy from mom to bump home lunches up a notch and come up with some healthy ways to keep the kids interested eating food from home. It’s more cost effective too.
Where would we be without sandwiches? They’re great and of course I’m not advocating getting rid of them …but sometimes we rely on them so much that our kids can grow to become bored and end up just throwing out the food we give them. Here’s some of the ways I’m going to avoid that scenario this upcoming school year.
Breakfast for Lunch
If you have some smaller sized tupperware, pack it in their lunch along with a small yogurt, low sugar cereal and some berries to mix together for lunch. This combo is satisfying and will fill them well enough to get through their afternoon until getting home for an afternoon snack.
Another good way to implement breakfast at lunch, is to toast up a frozen waffle, then send along a small container of peanut butter or another alternative nut butter, with a plastic knife in the lunch bag to smear on the waffle for a nutritious lunch that doesn’t involve any trace of a sandwich.
Use this sandwich alternative for a fun whimsical looking lunch treat that packs some good protein as well.
Using some small flour tortillas to wrap up your child’s favorite lunch meats or spreads and then slice into ¾ inch individual rounds to create a pinwheel look. Try using things like hummus, or tuna salad as a spread over your tortilla before you wrap it up to slice. Those fillings create some nice pinwheel rounds which are great for finger food eating.
I thought I’d try using up left over chicken this year with a skewer, that I perhaps break in half to size it well for the lunch bag or box. Using left over chicken from the night before, I’ll spear the meat onto the skewer and alternate it with some small sliced peppers or maybe apple slices, cut into chunks, along with a chunk of marble cheese or cheddar cheese.
Send some dips like guacamole, or hummus in your child’s lunch by spooning some into a small container, combined with a baggie full of tortilla chips, or perhaps some pita bread to stuff it in. Toss in some cucumbers in a baggie on to complete it and call it a lunch.
Source: Personal ideas