Dec 23, 2009

Peanut Butter and Apple Sandwiches

This is a great resource: All Recipes has a section dedicated to lunch box recipes:

One idea is to give peanut butter and jelly sandwiches a makeover. How about Peanut Butter and Apples? Here are more tips they---and I---suggest:

  • Because apples get brown, spritz them with citrus/water mixture (I use limes, All Recipes suggested lemon)
  • Substitute bananas for apples. Try almond or cashew butter instead of peanut butter, or chunky peanut butter instead of smooth. 
  • Wrap sandwich ingredients in whole wheat tortillas instead of using bread.
  • Freeze a small carton of milk or bottle of water to keep lunches nicely chilled until ready to eat.
  • Use crispy apples! Have your kids try different apple varieties, so they become 'apple experts.' They will feel super lucky and smart when they find their favorite Pink Lady or Granny Smith layered in their sandwich.
  • Have a PB&J taste party: try different nut butters, different apple varieties and of course different combinations. Do they prefer the Golden Delicious with Hazelnut Butter? Let them decide---your lunches will be that much more successful.
I am a big fan of letting kids have ownership in the food tasting, deciding and vote-giving. At the end of the day, they vote anyway: by eating or not eating. If you can't beat them, join them!

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