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Q: What are some healthy school lunch ideas?

Posted August 05, 2015 in Advice Column, Johnston

A: August is National Sandwich Month and a great time to start thinking about back-to-school routines. One of those routines is packing a lunch and at the cornerstone of many lunch boxes is a sandwich. In fact, a survey done by the consumer research NPD Group found that 74% of bagged lunches for school include a sandwich.

Sandwiches are popular in lunchboxes for good reasons. They’re convenient, versatile and can provide good quality nutrition. The bases of a healthy sandwich should be whole grains and lean protein. Healthy toppings are other ways to sneak in more nutrition. Start with these basics and your kids may be packing (and eating) a nutrient-filled and tasty lunch!


Flatout flatbreads + peanut butter + granola + diced apples

Open Face Bagel
Whole-grain mini bagel + 1 wedge strawberry Laughing Cow cream cheese + dried cranberries or sliced strawberries

Inside-Out Sandwich
Spread mustard on slice of deli turkey + wrap around mozzarella cheese stick

Thread onto skewer or pretzel stick: cubed whole-grain bread + deli meat + lettuce + grape tomato + cheese cube

Sunny Sandwich
Whole-grain bread + sunflower seed butter + banana slices

Banana Hot Dog
Whole grain hot dog bun + nut butter + half a banana + strawberry jam (ketchup) + chopped kiwi (relish)


Information provided by Kari Paige, Registered Dietitian, Hy-Vee, 5750 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, (515) 270-9045.

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