Healthy Kids: Deconstructed Turkey Sandwich
Change it up Mom! That is the theme constantly going through my mind as I make another turkey sandwich for my kids lunch box. Here’s an idea! Whatever season it is, go to Target and grab one of the many holiday cookie cutters, (I chose a pumpkin) in a large, bread slice size, or a smaller size that fits 2 shapes per slice. Make your normal sandwich, cut and surprise your kids. Mine were so excited when they got home. I know that sandwiches get redundant, so making cookie cutter shapes out of them is fun! You can also buy whole wheat tortillas and make turkey/cheese wraps. It is amazing how something so simple can change the course of their day in a fun and positive way and it sends an unspoken message of love to your kids that you are always thinking about them.
Another note to think about is what else are you including in that lunch box to accompany their sandwich? Fruit, healthy chips or crackers, whole grain bread, water or low-fat milk, there’s really more out there than you think.
Back to Nature has great single packaged cookies and crackers and how about these applesauce squeezers. They come in lots of great flavor combinations. Of course the good ol’ fashioned banana is always easy and healthy.
And then there are Lunchables. I prefer not to purchase Lunchables because they are expensive for what you get and they are so much easier to do at home. Plus, the ingredients listed on the back have so many unhealthy additions that it takes five minutes just to read it.
Layer the cheese and deli meat and then cut down the middle into 4 squares. Follow by placing a parchment paper square on each side to keep them from sticking together and also maintain freshness.
Add some whole grain cracker squares or as I did, Pita Chips, and you’ve got your own Lunchable. It’s easy and you know what is included in the ingredients! It takes a little extra time to make a healthier lunch, but it’s worth it. You and your kids can feel good about their healthier choices.