1. Healthy Rainbow Sandwiches

Make beets, spinach, carrots, and peas taste good to kids by cooking them first then blending them into cream or goat cheese.

 

2. Popsicle Sandwich

Liven up a boring PB&J real fast with a popsicle stick and little sandwich-shaping!

 

3. School Book Sandwiches

Cut a couple tortillas into rectangles and insert deli meat and cheese. Write a school subject onto each “book” using a food coloring marker, then watch your kids gobble them up!

 

4. Painted Sandwiches

Put those food coloring markers to good use, and draw directly on sandwich bread!

 

 

5. Fruit Sandwiches

So this isn’t the healthiest sandwich (that’s whipped cream stuffing — um, yum!), but I bet the kiddos would love it for a recess snack or lunchtime dessert.

 

6. Rocket Sandwiches

Use a cupcake plunger or a round cookie cutter to shape sandwiches. If you don’t have star skewers, you can find plastic wands of all sorts here on Amazon that can be used as skewers.

 

7. Fruity Peanut Butter Pitas

Step outside the sliced bread. Use healthier pita bread to make creative lunchbox meals like this fruity peanut butter pita.

 

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8. Chicken Parm Sliders

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Pop a few frozen chicken strips in the oven in the morning (or night before) and top each strip with a half slice of mozzarella and marinara sauce. Stick each strip in a dinner roll and you’re done!

 

9. Inside-Out Sandwiches

If you have two sandwiches to prepare, make one with white bread and the other with wheat. Then use a cookie cutter to shape the center in each and swap them to get a white bread center in a wheat sandwich and vice versa.

 

 

10. Ham and Cheese Pocket Sandwiches

Cut rectangles in puff pastry dough and add spicy brown mustard, ham, and cheese before sealing with a second puff-pastry rectangle. Brush beaten egg along the edges and use a fork to seal before popping these babies in the oven. They’re wonderful hot, and just as tasty when served cold.

 

11. Hummus and Chopped Pepper Sandwich

Hummus and pepper sandwiches?! Yup and they’re delicious — not to mention healthy. Trust me, your kids will ask for a repeat.

 

12. Peanut Butter Rainbow Sandwich

You’d think the lettuce and carrots in this PB&J sandwich would be a terrible addition, but they’re not. The jam and peanut butter masks the other veggies pretty well, which means you can sneak a serving of veggies in without your kids really caring.

 

13. Cheddar and Apple Sandwich

Do your kids love sweet and salty, but are tired of PB&J? Try handing them a crisp apple and cheddar sandwich. Grill it for even more goodness.

 

14. Avocado Egg Salad

Use Greek yogurt instead of mayo for a healthier recipe — your kids won’t even know the difference!

 

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