I love finding fun and inventive ways to make Alie’s lunch. When her lunch is fun, she is much more likely to eat it! Anyone have a daily struggle to get there kids to eat anything besides chips and fruit snacks?
Creating a lunch that is fun but also healthy is so important.
Have you heard of Smartwhite from Wonderbread? Smartwhite has the same taste and texture our kids love but with a nutritional advantage! It’s baked with no high fructose corn syrup and is only 50 calories per slice. It is also, fortified with the fiber of 100% whole wheat bread, contains the calcium of an 8-ounce glass of milk and is a good source of nine essential vitamins and minerals.
Sounds great, right? My family and I were given the opportunity to try Smartwhite from Wonderbread. Using our new Smartwhite bread, I came up with a few ways to create a fun lunch for Alice, and I would love to share them with you.
I love sandwich cutters. They always add a simple fun touch to a kids lunch. Here I made Alice a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I love how nutritious peanut butter is and when you add that to the nutritional value of the Smartwhite bread, you know your child is eating healthy. Alice loves when her sandwich is a cute, fun shape. Here I used a butterfly cutter and her dinosaur cutter to make us lunch.
I have another fun lunch idea I’ve learned recently!SANDWICH SUSHI!! Alice loves it and it’s a great way to incorporate some veggies, too! It’s not hard to make. There was a little bit of a learning curve. I’ll try to walk you through those in this tutorial.
For this sandwich you will need:
The new Smartwhite from Wonderbread (of course, any bread will do, ya know I have to give my sponsor a shout out because they are AWESOME!!)
lunch meat, I used roast beef
a block of cheese
a cheese like spread or cream cheese, I used Laughing Cow garlic and herbFirst, lets get our veggies cut. Slice up the carrots into strips equal to the length of the bread, then cut in half. Slice up the cucumber just the same. You don’t have to cut the cucumbers in half. You should also cut up the cheese in the same way and like the carrots cut them in half. Now, cut off the crust and spread the cheese spread over the bread. Top with a few slices of meat, then arrange the cheese and veggies at the end closet to you. Carefully, gently and slowly roll the bread over the veggies. While you roll gently push any parts of the bread that begin to tear into the center. The spread on the inside works like an adhesive to hold everything together, the moisture seeps thru and helps hold the outside together as well. Once you are done set it aside and start working on the next piece. Letting it sit also helps everything stay together.Now, lets slice these up! First, cut off the ends and eat them! Don’t us moms always eat the ends, crust, and left overs?? Remember when I said to cut the carrots and cheese in half but it was ok to leave the cucumbers in a whole strip? This is why, when you cut your rolls in half it’s much easier to cut and keep the shape if you are not having to cut thru the carrots and cheese. Place the rolls upright on a plate and serve, or pack in their lunch box. Or if you have a cute, nifty Wonderbread sandwich container….
Pretty cute, isn’t it? Nutritious, delicious and fun!
Here are a few more great lunch ideas to help inspire you.
Wonderbread is going to supply THREE of my awesome AliLily readers a months supply of bread, so you can create your own fun lunchbox sandwiches! Three winners will receive 4 vouchers each for any free Wonderbread product. I hope you will try their new Smartwhite bread!
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below answering the following question: how do you keep packed lunches for kids fun?
Now, it’s not mandatory to be an AliLily reader to enter and win, but if you were, it would make me super happy!
Giveaway open to those who live where Wonderbread is sold. Giveaway ends October 26th, 2012