Let’s get creative with lunches.  There are so many portable foods that can go into the lunchbox that options are limitless!  Sandwiches have endless possibilities.  The old standby, PB & J doesn’t always cut the mustard, especially with peanut allergies being a public health concern.  I admit that I love a PB & J every now and again, but I have gotten more creative and sophisticated with my sandwiches.  Here we go:

Tuna salad on a rice cake.  Put some swiss cheese on this and pop in under the broiler and yum!

Lunchmeat sandwiches on hearty whole wheat bread

High quality sour dough loaf loaded with veggies, cream cheese, banana peppers and sprays. (I keep a spray bottle of balsamic vinegar and one of good olive oil. I spray my sandwiches for a quick splash of flavor.)

Tomato sandwich on white bread (mayo is a must here!).

Condiments that I love to consider:

  • Vegetable cream cheese.  This is especially good on a tortilla roll up style sandwich.
  • Salt and pepper.
  • A dash of italian seasonings.
  • Peppers: roasted red peppers and banana peppers are my favorite.
  • Assorted lettuces and pickles.
  • Mayo and assorted mustards.
  • guacamole

These condiments work well with a lunch meat sandwich and most any kind of bread or tortilla.   Sometimes I will wrap my sandwiches to go in parchment paper, making them a little more festive with a gourmet feel.

Portable fruits are not limited to fruit cups.  Whole fruits that can be easily taken on the go include:

  • apples
  • banana
  • grapes
  • kiwi
  • oranges
  • Even a small bag of frozen berries can be transported and tossed into yogurt with delicious results.

Spend some time wandering through the produce section of your local grocer and let your imagination run wild!

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