There’s an art to packing a good lunch box. It needs enough variety to keep it exciting, include the workhorse staples that ward off hanger strikes, and, of course, there must always be a little treat-yourself goodie.
We’re fans of the good ol’ sandwich, but it’s time to upgrade how we think of the lunch box sammie. Say goodbye to boring ham-and-cheese and sad peanut butter and jellys. Here are a few wild cards to add instant elevation to the usual cast of sandwich characters.
Tomatoes aren’t at peak season forever. When their luster starts to diminish, dress them up with some flaky dashes of tomato sandwich seasoning, and replace mayonnaise with poblano pimento cheese. Now that’s a sandwich!
Make sure the lunch box includes plenty of snacks to quench the mid-morning or late-afternoon stomach grumbles. Items like cheese straws, aside from being classically Southern, are easy to pack and won’t make a mess. Depending on your child's preferences, seasoned and flavored pretzels easily slide across the sweet-salty scale, depending on your child’s taste preferences. And for those with a sweet tooth, a little bite of afternoon chocolate never hurt anyone.