Today was the day: The first day of Kindergarten however, it was only a half day so I only needed to pack a snack. The snack consisted of a container of water, organic purple grapes and some Annie's graham bunnies. This did get me thinking about the practice of packing snacks and a full lunch starting next week. So onto Sandwiches/Main Items ideas:
Breads and Alternatives (how about varying the types of breads you use**see video):
- Multi-grains, seeded (flax etc) and whole wheat.
- Bagels. Better yet, mini-bagels.
- Local Bakery: Local bakeries often make preservative free bread with all kinds of additions such as sun-dried tomato and garlic.
Sandwich Fillings (remember to use a cold pack when appropriate):
- PB&J: How about trying almond or cashew butter (some schools do not even allow peanut butter)
- Deli Meats: Ham, Turkey and Chicken are staples but look for no nitrate/ites added and preservative free. Pair with tomatoes, different lettuces and mustard.
- Vegetables: Pack all their favorites together with a spread (hummus maybe)
- Tuna or Salmon (with lemon juice and onion with just a touch of mayo.)
- Steak sandwiches
- Burger Patties: Hamburger, Turkey, Bison
- Egg or Chicken Salad
- Hard boiled eggs
- Pita chips with hearty dips
- Quiches (a slice or make individual minis)
- Alternative spreads: cream cheese, pesto, hummus, mashed avocado or bananas.
- Leftovers from Dinner such as grilled chicken
- Baked Chicken Tenders (send with mustard dip)
- Salads (green leafy or pasta)
- Cereal with a side of milk
- Milk (Plain or Horizon Organics has vanilla, chocolate and strawberry varieties)
- Juice (Dilute apple, white grape, orange juices)
- Water. Do not feel guilty if you send you kids to school with milk and water. They do not need juice every day.