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Lunchbox Sandwiches: Ideas You'll Love!

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Find out your family's back to school needs from lunchboxes to the healthy foods you pack in them at Walmart. Hi. I'm Melanie and I'm one of the moms that make up Motherboard. A way to share great ideas, information, advice and inspiration mom to mom. Through our pre-weekly newsletter, life made better. We talk about real life issues we all face like school lunches, 'cause let's face it, who wants to stare down one of these at 7:00 AM? Feedback from our Motherboard Moms says that almost 50% of moms pack a lunch for their kids at least 3 times a week and they want some new ideas. So, here's a simple strategy to give your kids the variety they want and the nutrition you know that they need. It's easy with a little inspiration. Here's a cheap sheet I keep on the fridge. It is three basic categories. You choose a bread, a spread and a filling. And you have a not-so-ordinary delicious sandwich every time. Let's start with the bread. There are so many different and fun options to just plain white sandwich bread. I keep a variety on hand like English Muffins or Bagels or Pita Pockets. Go ahead and choose a whole wheat version, it's a good way to sneak a little extra fiber into your kid's diet. Kids also love shapes. Think baguettes or tortilla wraps. Kids also love these fun, big crackers. Those are perfect for something different for lunch. And now, time for the filling. Traditional meats and cheeses are a great source of protein but you don't always have to use them. How about making veggies the main event? You can use shredded carrots, green peppers, spinach, cucumber, tomato, whatever you have on hand or whatever is in season. Fruits can also fill a sandwich. There are great source of potassium, fiber and vitamin C, which is very important for growing kids. You can also use egg salad, chicken salad, or tuna salad. Just go easy on the mayo. And now, choose a spread. You can use your kid's favorite dressing. Just try to find an option with healthy oils like olive oil because they need those too in their diet. Or you can use salsa and take it up a notch. You can also add a lot of flavor with just a dab of cream cheese, goat cheese, brie cheese, a little pesto, some pizza sauce or mashed avocado, which is a great substitute for butter. Now, with a list like this, the actions are really endless. Know that you could come up with a [unk], but then you might hit the jackpot and come up with a new family favorite. For more great ideas like this, sign up for our free newsletter lifemadebetter@parents.com. It's a great way to share the successes and some of the challenges of raising a family in today's hectic world. It's also a good place to share your best tips, tricks and advice for raising kids. Sign up today and get in on the conversation.