{video} Back-to-School: Beyond sandwich bread

August 20, 2013

Today’s video, the second in a series of back-to-school lunch videos, has easy ideas and recipes that will help you break out of sandwich rut before it even starts. And in case you missed it, check out last week’s video, too: 4 essential school lunch ingredients. Let’s keep school lunch inspired this year, you know, without too much extra work!

I was worried last week that I might have been rushing you with all my back-to-school talk. But this week, well, it’s time to get started, mamas! If school hasn’t already begun, it’s about to. And fast! I know how hard packing school lunch day after day can be for many of you, so it’s time to get the right school lunch gear, stock your school lunch pantry (including healthy school snacks), and gather inspiration, which is what I hope this week’s video brings.

Today is all about getting you to think beyond the same old sandwich. More than half the time, getting kids excited about their food is about fun, novel presentation. If you’ve been reading for a while, you know I’m not one for super cutesy kid meals, but lunch is a little different. While I can comfortably send my kids to bed without dinner if they refuse what I make, I’m not so comfortable with them enduring a long school day without food in their bellies. So the challenge is sticking to the healthy foods that my kids know and love while changing it up enough to keep them interested.

Thinking beyond sandwich bread can be as simple as tossing the slices while still using the same ingredients you normally would. Or you can get super creative—or borrow my creativity so that you can apply yours elsewhere! Either way, packing something other than the standby sandwich may be easier than you think. Watch and see.


4 Responses

  1. Missy F. says:

    I love these ideas! You are lucky your kids’ school hasn’t been designated a “peanut-free zone” as many have. No PBJ, no trail mix, no granola bars with peanuts, etc. We have tried almond butter but it will never be a big hit the way peanut butter is.

    Also, I have a gluten free kid, so no flour tortillas for us, which is a bummer because I think the flour tortillas are a great staple for pinwheels, etc. I LOVED the sandwich sushi idea, though, because we can do that with gluten free bread. Excited to try that one.

    You’ve got me fired up to get some accessories for school lunches (silicone cupcake liners, food picks, I’m even going to try out the egg mold), but I’m wondering HOW YOU GET YOUR KIDS TO BRING THE STUFF BACK HOME!? Maybe since you’re training them early it won’t be a problem. It’s been a big problem for me in the past. I’m determined to find a way around this one.

    Thanks for your great ideas!

  2. One Hungry Mama says:

    We are lucky that we can pack peanuts, it’s true. But, you know, there are so many alternatives these days! Sunbutter is the most popular, but there are others. You should have some on hand to help make packing school lunch easier, esp on those mornings when only a PB&J is all you can muster. My younger son was also GF for a while and I COULD NOT find a decent GF tortilla. Ugh. That *is* frustrating, I know. You can use corn tortillas, though. You’ll have to check the ingredients since very few are made only with corn meal (the more authentic the more likely they are GF). Dare I suggest that you make your own corn tortillas if you really miss them for your kid? They are easy: masa flour + water – that’s it.

    As for bringing food home, yea, mine do. Well, we’ll see. I have a feeling that my little one, who’s starting FT school for the first time next week, will catch on to throwing away what he doesn’t eat real quick. I’m nervous about that. My older son in great about not doing that. At the end of the day, though, whether you know or don’t know, the point is that the best you can do is pack a healthy, appealing lunch. They’ll eat or they won’t. Then, after school, you’ll give them a healthy snack and that’s that. The other stuff is out of our control, so no point in stressing it too hard!

    Glad you like the ideas!!

  3. M.L. Hart says:

    These are great ideas! I especially like the banana one! This also help get the kids away from the unhealthy carbs of bread. Thanks so much!

  4. One Hungry Mama says:

    Glad the ideas are helpful, M.L. Hart! It’s my pleasure!

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