So it’s that time of year again– sandwich slump time. My kids have been in school for about four months now and they are already sick of sandwiches! I am, of course, scrambling now to figure out what to make to keep things interesting for them. I want to make sure they get a healthy meal in that gives them some energy for the remainder of their day. Here are a few of our favorite non-sandwich lunch ideas:
My kids always buy lunch from the cafeteria one day a week. Our school uses MySchoolBucks to manage their lunch accounts, so we don’t have to worry about sending them to school with money (and actually remembering to do that!) It breaks up the monotony of the week, too. My kids certainly have their favorites and it gives me a little break during the week too.
A thermos can be your best friend. We use these Thermos Funtainers and they work great. The size is perfect for their lunchboxes, too. Here are my tricks to using the Thermos:
- Preheat it: While I am heating up their meal I pour boiling water in their thermos, close the lid, and just let it sit. This “preheats” the thermos, helping it keep the food warm.
- A little extra cooking time on their food helps too.
- Once the food is cooked, I empty out the boiling water, dry it, and add the food.
These Funtainers aren’t huge, but they’re the perfect size for my 6 and 9 year-olds.
Some of the things we’ve served in their Funtainers:
- Chicken Nuggets
- Leftovers – anything from pasta to pulled pork (I include rolls so they can make their own sandwiches.)
- Macaroni & Cheese
My daughter is a girl after my own heart– she loves cold pizza. I send in cold pizza leftovers with her and sometimes even a cold English Muffin or pita pizza.
You can, of course, buy Lunchables, and there are now a few healthier alternatives on the market. Momables has a great article on how to make your own healthy Lunchables!
Yes, I know, wraps are a sandwich– but my kids still find it different enough to break up the sandwich slump. My kids like Babybel cheese spread on their wrap with turkey or roast beef. Chicken salad and a buffalo chicken salad that I make (recipe coming soon!) are also big hits.
Don’t forget the condiments!
I’m probably the only person I know who likes a dry sandwich. My kids love condiments on their sandwich, and sometimes a simple switch there makes a big different. Favorites in our house are honey mustard with turkey and bbq sauce with roast beef.
How do you avoid the sandwich slump? Please comment below– I’m always looking for ways to keep my kids interested!