Skip the bread, and make a sandwich with crackers instead. Look for oversize or fun-shaped multigrain varieties, and serve with cheese, turkey, chicken, peanut butter, hummus, or cream cheese.
Stuffed baked potatoes are yummy even at room temperature. Microwave a small potato, cut it in half, and fill each half with chopped broccoli and cheese or black beans and salsa. Wrap tightly.
Roll it up.
Serve tuna or egg salad in a whole-wheat tortilla rolled up with a crunchy vegetable like shredded carrots or cucumbers.
Put a smear of cream cheese on blueberry waffles or slices of zucchini bread.
Pack star-shaped cheese chunks and a sandwich cut into a crescent.
Pasta salad with pieces of chicken and diced vegetables is a perfectly balanced lunch.
Spread roasted chicken or turkey and a layer of cranberry sauce between two halves of a mini corn muffin.
What's inside is a surprise if you seal the edges with a fork. This one is PB&J from Smuckers, but you can make your own.
Originally published in the August 2003 issue of Parents magazine.