Healthy PB&J Sandwiches for Back to School Lunch

Easy-to-make lunch options for back to school and/or work

By Jaclyn Taroc

 

When it’s hot outside, appetites tend to get a little more finicky. And this is true for kids and for adults, too! Coming up with what to bag for your everyday work lunch or for your kids’ back-to-school lunches can turn into a huge chore when you’re dealing with fussy eaters or not in the mood to eat much. That’s where The Smile Generation® can help! So, what’s perfect to eat during summer, easy to make AND appealing to picky eaters of all ages and sizes? Let’s start with the basics shall we; let’s talk… nuts, fruits and bread.

Yes, that’s right. SANDWICHES! We’re confident these Summer Nut & Fruit Sandwiches will be a hit, not just because they’re super simple to make and perfect for taking on the go, but every ingredient listed is also great for your overall health! We’ve also made sure to include common ingredients to make your sandwich-making exploration more efficient in terms of time and money, too! Now, let’s start making sandwiches!

NUTS FOR BUTTER SANDWICH

The classic PB&J has just gotten an upgrade! This version has everything you need to completely customize it to your family’s liking. It’s crunchy and has the right amount of sweetness. Plus, it’s way healthier than the traditional jelly and peanut butter – it even provides potassium and fiber, too!  A combination of celery, seeds and fruit help clean your teeth and massage your gums. The celery even neutralizes bacteria that aids in bacteria growth, and the yogurt helps prevent tooth decay.

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 ¼ cup of your favorite berries or fruits (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries  blueberries, chopped pears or apples)
  • 2 tablespoons small diced celery
  • A sprinkle of sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 banana thinly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon agave or honey

 

NOT SO PLAIN OLE’ FRUIT & BUTTER SANDWICH

Similar to the NUTS FOR BUTTER sandwich, this recipe has all the makings of a favorite winner in your household. It even has the same basic ingredients, but is slimmed down just a tad, so it’s a great option that may appeal to more in your household. Again, fruit does the job in keeping down plaque and providing you with your daily vitamins. And nut butter is also high in calcium and iron, which are important for keeping your teeth and bones strong and healthy.

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices whole wheat bread (toasted if preferred)
  • 8 teaspoons almond or cashew butter
  • A handful of your favorite fruits (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries,  blueberries, chopped pears or apples)

 

SWEET & NUTTY MADE JUST RIGHT SANDWICH

Spotting a theme here? Fruits taste great on everything, and the sandwich possibilities are endless! This sandwich version is great for lowering cholesterol (thanks to granola) and for your heart (with omega-3 from the nut butter) and for your immune system (with the anti-inflammatory properties of agave).

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices whole wheat bread (toasted if you prefer warm)
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped apple and banana
  • 2 tablespoons granola
  • 1 tablespoon agave
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