I have four kids. Making sandwiches is a chore. Usually, Lukas and Keanna like peanut butter and jelly, Koda likes peanut butter and honey, April likes just honey. Then all of a sudden Keanna doesn't want a sandwich, Koda wants just peanut butter, and April wants whatever *insert sibling name here* is having. They eventually revert back to the usual, but I never know. During the school year, you eat what Mom packs. You can make requests, but there are no guarantees. So I've been trying to mix it up this summer to make lunches more fun.
Last week I had a brilliant epiphany: a kid-friendly sandwich bar! I got out a variety of sandwich ingredients and let the kids decide what they wanted. I then put the ingredients on their plates and let them construct the sandwiches themselves. They loved it! Lukas came back for a second sandwich and asked for a third (which I didn't let him have, but he did eat more fruit).
|Lukas's plate: peanut butter, apricot jelly, bananas, apple,|
strawberries, and honey.
I put out peanut butter, strawberry preserves, apricot preserves, honey, apple slices, banana slices, strawberry slices, and pecans. That's just what I happened to have that day, but there are many more possibilities: raisins, dried cranberries, peach slices, cut grapes, granola, maple syrup, blueberries, raspberries, apple butter, pear slices...
|Mommy's sandwich: peanut butter, apple slice,|
strawberries, and apricot jelly. Super yummy!!
Everyone is happy.