This is a sponsored post by Nature’s Harvest®. All opinions are my own.
It’s time for Back to School. And this year I am going to try and do everything I can to make sure my daughter eats right at school. We did okay in Kindergarten but ended the year with a whole lot of “snack packs.” I’m not sure exactly what was in the snack packs but I’m pretty sure it was not a well-balanced nutritious lunch. I heard “carrots” and that was about it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not sure every lunch I packed was super balanced and nutritious. There were a couple days where I may have packed a sandwich and Cheetos and juice pouch. Not exactly fiber and whole grain and 4 servings of veggies in there, but I tried. Part of the key is variety. You have to sneak in all the nutrition you can when they aren’t looking.
So taking a hint from my famous Monte Cristo Rollups (or is that infamous?) I am trying a lunch time variation this year. Everyone knows kids like weird food. Funny shapes or animals or movie characters or whatever, but who has time for that? Plus, my knife skills are not that sharp (get it? Knife? Sharp? I crack myself up). So I’m going to try out just lunch rollups. Who knows? Maybe they will become famous too.
What will you need?
2 to 4 slices of your favorite bread. For us, that is Nature’s Harvest® Bread. Remember how I said you have to sneak it in where you can? Nature’s Harvest Bread is baked with at least 8 grams of whole grains per serving and it does not contain high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors or colors. Select your favorite flavor, there are ten to choose from. In my book, we had a win at whole grain. So you have your bread and that’s it! But seriously, the only real requirement is bread. The rest is up to your imagination. But here’s what my imagination came up with:
So hopefully those give you some ideas (I’d love to hear your variations by the way). Here is how you put them together. Be careful though. This is going to be super-complicated.
Start off by rolling a piece of bread flat. I know, “bread is already flat,” you are chortling to yourself. I mean flatten it more. Roll it out, squish it down. You want it flat AND thin. Spread some mayonnaise (lightly, you don’t need a lot), put on a piece of cheese and piece of bologna to cover about three-fourths of the bread. Roll it up. Wrap it in a piece of plastic wrap or set it “open” end down on a piece of plastic wrap. Hint you can wrap several of these together so you don’t waste plastic wrap. And make another. Three or four of these are plenty for our daughter.
So variations? Try peanut butter and jelly. Hummus and bean sprouts (don’t ask me, the daughter loves them, I’m totally convinced she wants to be a vegetarian). Turkey and cheese and mustard. Or some chicken salad is always a win with our daughter.
Once those are all made up, I like to throw in some fruit or carrots (or both) and maybe a pack of Little Bites™ Snacks for a treat. And that is what we call winning at lunch.
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