Lunch Box Special – Part II Sandwiches & Main Choices

by Jennifer on September 1, 2009

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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.
  • Pitas
  • 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
  • Quesadillas
  • Tacos
  • 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.

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