It is a challenge to turn out a brown paper bag lunch that satisfies both you and your child; one that you think is healthy and nutritious enough and one that your child is also happy to eat and not trade in, for less nutritious junk, or worse perhaps throw away! [child nutrition]
Cut Down on the cured meats: The salami and the pastrami may be convenient and also easy to put into a sandwich, but the highly cured meats usually contain large amounts of sodium and they are also high in fat.
The kind of lean meat that is recommended as being beneficial is usually not used for your common or garden variety of hotdog, it’s usually scrap meat and fat that finds its way there.
Instead use sliced chicken or turkey or even tuna to make a sandwich or put together an interesting salad.
Use whole-wheat crackers or bread: That whole wheat bread is better than regular white bread is almost a no-brainer and can actually be a lot tastier.
In a sandwich that has to keep for a few hours before it is actually eaten it can also become less soggy. Whole wheat crackers with a dip that your child enjoys are also a good idea and a fun one for your child.
Preserves: Sometimes the jam or jelly that we put inside our child’s sandwich is predominantly sugar. Hunt around for preserves that are high in fruit content and low in sugars and syrups so that some of the goodness of a fruit actually reaches your child rather than a high sugar spread.
Additions: Nuts, bite size fresh fruit, or veggies such as carrot sticks etc, can be given a bit of a build up for the kind of benefits it has to make your child a big strong girl or boy so that this is viewed as a bit of a treat from the time that a child is fairly young.
Packing: Part of the trick of successful paper bagging is that the meal or snack looks and is appetizing even several hours after packing.
So use your child’s input in how to do the packing, what has the best results: what keeps the sandwich from getting soggy or conversely dry? What keeps a fruit from being unappetizingly squished etc. You can use foil, zip lock bags or actually reusable and recyclable boxes or containers as well.
Try different permutations and combinations for results that work best for you and your child.