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5 Different Sandwiches, 1 Type of Bread

by Maria on August 27, 2012

Here are 5 easy sandwich ideas for your little one’s lunch box. The best part, you need only buy one type of bread. Choose your favorite all-natural whole grain bread. Featured in the below photos is on of my family's go-to breads, the Organic White Wheat Bread by Whole Foods, it’s versatile, nutritious, and tastes great. Our other go-to bread is the multigrain from our local bakery.    

I love the idea of using different types of breads for each day of the school week, but the reality is that this would produce a lot of waste in my house. Sure you can keep some on hand in the freezer, but it’s simple and tasty with fresh bread. Try choosing one or two different breads at a time and vary it from week to week instead. This way you can buy the all-natural and bakery fresh breads and skip the breads with added preservatives that keep them unnaturally mold-free and “fresh”.

Cucumber and Cream Cheese

This tea-time favorite also works well in the lunch box. Look for organic cucumbers, I like the organic European cucumbers since they have smaller seeds and the skin doesn’t need to be taken off.

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Almond Butter and Banana Panini

Almond butter is a delicious alternative peanut butter. But if your school is completely nut-free, try using sunflower butter instead. Simply spread the nut butter onto the bread, top with banana slices, and then cook in a Panini maker coated with cooking spray. If you don’t have a Panini maker I highly recommend investing in one—it makes every sandwich taste delicious and is one of my most used kitchen appliances.

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Jam Sammy

This is Elliott’s favorite. It’s simple, but also sweet. If your little one is stuck on jam, try varying the jam flavors and look for jams with extra fiber, such as Polaner All Fruit. I usually make it with a butter spread such as Olivio or Earth Balance. Cream cheese and jam makes a tasty combination too.

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Cheese Roll-Up

There is something fun about a roll-up.  To make this sandwich simply flatten a slice of bread a bit with your hands, cut off the edges, add a butter spread, and top with slices of cheese, such as Cheddar, Provolone, or Swiss. Then roll it up tightly and slice. You may need a toothpick to hold it together.

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Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese

Toast the bread and then let it cool a bit before adding the cream cheese and smoked salmon. You could also add sliced cucumbers or sprouts. Tomatoes are best left on the side since they tend to make sandwiches a bit soggy after a while. If your kids don't like this one, make one for yourself! 

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Complete your child's lunch with a side of fruits and a side of veggies. A side of milk or yogurt will help your child get the calcium and protein she or he needs too. I tend to save the cookies for the occasional after school snack, though sometimes I pack one in the lunch box too. 

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