Kids love a good PB&J and let’s be honest, it can be a parent’s lunch life-savor!
I’ve seen so many beautiful, healthy lunch options lately for back to school and that is great! I’m all for good health but I’m also a busy mom of three kids and know that sometimes a PB&J lunch is exactly what is needed. It’s quick, I usually have all the ingredients on hand, and best of all, I know the lunch box will come back home empty which means their little bellies were full!
Plus, the teachers on lunch duty will thank you for the ease of that classic PB&J. Jerry Brooks says it best in his hilarious video “First Week of School Stress”. Seriously he will have you rolling with laughter!
So grab your Fit & Fresh Bento Lunch Kit with insulated bag and removable ice packs and let’s get packing! I’ve got unique ways you can change up a classic PB&J and make the rest of the lunch room “jelly” for your kid’s lunch!
Nutella, Banana, Honey… Mix and match up these ingredients with your peanut butter and you will have a mouthwatering lunch sensation that will leave your kid begging for more.
Change up the Bread:
Have you tried a PB&J on a wrap?
What about in a pita pocket?
Or on a bagel or English muffin?
Here is my health PSA for this blog…Please check your bread and other related products for high fructose corn syrup. You will be shocked at how often you will see it in many of the breads you select! Try to avoid products with high fructose corn syrup.
Peanut butter between two crispy waffles with a hint of maple syrup sounds like a dream. Buy the mini waffles for a fun bite sized treat or the larger ones for the full sandwich option.
Make your regular PB&J and then squish it down flat. Roll it up and slice it every inch or so. It’s finger food at its finest. I’d say throw in the chopsticks for added fun, but I know a few teachers who wouldn’t be very happy with me for that suggestion.
Tip-Use a rolling pin to flatten out the sandwich before you roll it up!
A thin sliced apple section makes the perfect vessel to carry your PB&J. Plus they say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”
Tip-Rub a little lemon juice on the apple to prevent it from going brown.
Large cookie cutters can be a quick and easy way to make more intriguing sandwiches. Make them feel extra special by stamping out a cute character or animal in their sandwich. Or you can use a butter knife to cut away the edges to make a heart shaped sandwich.
Donut You Know You’re Special
What kid wouldn’t want a donut sandwich! Cut the sandwich into a circle and cut out a hole in the middle. Sprinkle a few colorful sprinkles on top and you have the cutest and probably healthiest donut!
While this idea sounds cute and fun…it’s a lunch room nightmare! Those little skewers are a poking hazard. Let’s be honest how many kids can you think of right now that would see that little skewer and decide they needed to pretend it was a sword or might jokingly poke their neighbor with it. Do everyone a favor and leave the skewers for an at home picnic or opt for a popsicle stick instead!
And a sandwich can be more than just sustenance, it can be friendship forming!
If you haven’t read The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania Al Abdullah, I highly recommend it. It tells the story of two girls who are best friends and like to do all the same things! They eat lunch together and each day Lily eats peanut butter and Salma eats hummus but they think the other’s sandwich is gross! Pretty soon they have the whole cafeteria choosing sides between the two girls and their sandwiches. Things escalate and the girls have to visit the principal’s office. They decide it is time to put their differences aside. Each girl takes a risk and tries the other’s sandwich which propels them to create a multicultural potluck at their school! Of course the conversations that can propel from such a story are endless!
There you have it, easy and quick ways to fill your kids’ bellies and make all the kids “jelly” for their lunches!
Pop it into your Bento Lunch Kit that is BPA and PVC free and fill the other half cup portion pods with fruits and veggies and lunch is set! You can even add sides like yogurt and cottage cheese in the Bento box pods because it’s leak resistant! If your child is anything like mine, they will probably happily swing their lunch box at their side as they walk to recess. Leak resistant is critical when it comes to a lunch box selection for me. If will also stay cold since the snap-in ice packs are right next to your food and the lunch box is fully insulated. And, I don’t own anything that isn’t dishwasher safe! So at night, throw it in the dishwasher and it’s clean and set for the next day’s PB&J! Get your own Bento Lunch Kit at www.fit-fresh.com ! Plus if you use the code IHELPMOMS you can get 20% off your order!
For other ways to personalize your child’s lunch: