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.
Beef + arugula + mayo + fig jam
+ crusty baguette
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!
PBBH (peanut butter, banana, and honey)
Let’s be honest, the B is the real reason people love this sandwich. Make it count with hefty strips of high-quality bacon
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.