A Surprising School Lunch Staple

One day during the summer, when the day was set to be hot and I found our summer bucket list sitting stagnant, I packed us up and headed to the beach. There were blankets, towels, two bookbags, our favorite water shoes, snacks, a sun hat for me — and, of course, lunch: a PB&J sandwich on whole wheat. It isn’t the most refreshing meal on a hot day, but it’s the easiest and the most gratifying for stomachs; we work up an appetite between ducked-under waves and a dozen of sandmen. While the occasional and surprising crunch of sand in the middle isn’t my personal favorite, it’s one of the many traditions I want my kids to remember about those hot summer days at the beach.

When I was pregnant with River, there were weeks when I only ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I’m sure my friend Courtney can remember the days walking down Bedford Avenue in search of a deli that would oblige. And with Oak, I was obsessed with cold cuts (despite it being one of the pregnancy nos), with mayonnaise and cheddar cheese, until one day in my second trimester — I gagged it up. I couldn’t eat them anymore, and haven’t had a cold cut since.

Maybe it’s just an old wives’ tale, or maybe it’s just my luck, but River isn’t a huge fan of PB&J, though I loved it while pregnant with her, and she still eats it. And Oak won’t eat a cold sandwich to save his life (but River loves them). And so, it was a complete surprise to me when their grandmother got them to eat a sandwich they both loved. So much so that this sandwich has been in their lunches a few times last week, and today (already). It’s an almond butter and apricot jelly sandwich! Have you tried it? It’s part sweet, but also very savory. I think the apricot keeps it light and a bit refreshing, and the almond butter is kind of like having a piece of chocolate in the middle of the day, which isn’t too bad after a morning of learning. I’ve paired it with strawberries, grapes and some thinly slice cucumber sticks.

While I am no food expert, there is a ridiculous amount of joy that consumes me as I am making their lunch at night knowing that it takes half the time, but guarantees an empty lunchbox upon their return home. Of course, I am not getting rid of my warm leftover-dinner-for-lunch routine, as I think it makes me (and them) feel a bit full in heart and mind as we go through the week.

Any go-to kid sandwiches of your own? 

6 thoughts on “A Surprising School Lunch Staple

  • Reply Emily October 23, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    One kid is all about the obj and one prefers hummus and pita. Paired with the fruit, carrot sticks and sometimes a cookie or piece of chocolate. Apricot jam is now on the must try list!

    • Reply latonya October 23, 2018 at 4:43 pm

      Sounds the same! I personally am obsessed with hummus and warm pita. Let me know how you like it!

  • Reply Hayley October 26, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    I tried this sandwhich with my kids over the week and it’s a new favorite! Thanks for sharing! We usually alternate between sunflower seed butter with strawberry or grilled cheese with pesto.

  • Reply Ani October 27, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Wow! Same situation with my 2 kiddos: my 8 y.o. son loves a cold sandwich because I loved deli sandwiches when pregnant with him. His little brother pretty much eats a pb&j every day for lunch, and that is what I would eat daily at least through the first trimester with him. So funny how that happens! Love everything about your blog! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply latonya November 1, 2018 at 8:56 am

      Good to hear weather aren’t the only ones! Its so odd!


  • Reply latonya November 1, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Hey Hayley!

    I am so happy it was a hit! I’ll try the sunflower seed butter with strawberry or grilled cheese. I never put pesto on a sandwich, but my children love it. I’ll have to give it a try.


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