Given the popularity of the first Lunch Box Ideas for Kids Who Don’t Like Sandwiches post, I realise that it is not just me with a child who regularly requests an alternative to the humble sandwich in their lunch box. In our case, even when she does insist that she would like a sandwich, Immy often ends up coming home with it mostly uneaten! Fortunately, she is a good breakfast eater so I know she is heading off to school well fueled to face the day but tired of wasting food I have again been experimenting with sandwich alternatives. Fortunately, it’s school holidays here and as it is always best to try new foods at home first, the timing couldn’t be better for us. If it is not holidays where you are, just try your potential lunch box alternatives at home on a weekend first.
Here’s our list of suggestions;
Savoury pikelets (I have a pumpkin pikelet recipe to share next week)
Apple sandwich – I would love to try these with homemade sun butter
Thermos friendly ideas
Soup – because soup can be messy for children to eat I stick to a thick soup like our homemade Pea and Ham and mix it into a serve of rice (shown in the image above)
Omelette – chopped into bite sized pieces
Carbohydrate alternatives to bread
Crispbread style crackers
Plain, cooked pasta as a side
Homemade trail mix with lots of seeds, low sugar cereal and nuts (if allowed at your school)
Whatever you child chooses on the day, my best advice is to try to ensure they are offered a serve each of fruit, vegetables, protein, dairy and carbohydrates (as well as water) in their lunch box each day.
I would love to hear your suggestions. What are your favourite lunch box sandwich alternatives?
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