Up your sandwich game with these 5 fun + healthy recipes
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The big yellow school bus is just around the corner and the pressure of coming up with that midday meal each day is enough to strike fear into the hearts of most parents. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with these five clever and colorful recipes for upping your sandwich game, and they are packed with whole grains, vegetables and vitamins. Your kids will win the hunger games and our crazy cute new collection of lunch bags is a bonus!

1 shark attacks

Use your child’s favorite cookie cutters to make fun sandwich shapes. Spread with soft ricotta or cream cheese, and sweet red pepper jelly or tapenade.

2 sushi Pinwheels

We love spelt tortillas for their slightly sweet, nutty flavor as well as having more protein and minerals than their whole-wheat counterparts. Spread tortilla with cream cheese, and top with a slice of ham and cheddar. Place cooked green beans end-to-end along width of tortilla. Place matchstick sized carrots along green beans. Roll up the bread like a jelly roll, and press lightly to stick. Then slice into pinwheels.

3 Baby pizza BAGELS

Look for whole wheat mini bagels at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods for these portable lunchbox pizzas. Spread each bagel half with pizza sauce (if you don’t have, add a pinch of garlic powder and oregano to canned tomato sauce), top with grated mozzarella and bake at 400 degrees for 7-10 minutes, or until cheese has melted.

4 Gobble pretzel SLIDERS

Turkey sliders are a great way to slide in a few extra veggies and herbs. Mix ground turkey with chopped cilantro or spinach and grated zucchini. Form small patties and sauté in pan with 1 tablespoon of oil for 2-3 minutes per side. Place on pretzel roll, and top with Colby Jack, ketchup and slices of tomato.

5 jam Sams

Sneak a little more fiber and fun into lunchtime with whole grain pancake sandwiches. Spread with almond or sun butter, and a low-sugar jam. Or sub in bananas instead of jam for extra potassium and vitamins.

Recipes and photos by HEATHER JOHN FOGARTY

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