Posted: Aug 02, 2012 9:00 AM
Kids get bored just like adults do with eating the same things all the time. This week, surprise them when they open their lunchbox with these fun sandwich ideas.

I had a fairly limited palate as a kid. My sack lunch usually included either a bologna and cheese sandwich, or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich -- and I typically was not very adventurous beyond that. Luckily, lunchtime doesn't have to be boring! Surprise your kids with something special in their lunchbox by trying out these great ideas to make sandwiches exciting again!

Peanut butter and waffle sandwiches

Prepare a batch of waffles using waffle mix and a waffle maker, or heat up a frozen waffle. Use two waffles in the place of two slices of bread. Put peanut butter on one side of each waffle and top with bananas, strawberries or any other fruit that your child loves. Put the two waffles together, slice in half and serve it just like you would a regular sandwich. These sandwiches are great for lunchtime, but can also double as a quick breakfast in the morning!

Cream cheese and strawberry sandwiches

StrawberrySpread some cream cheese between two slices of fresh white bread. Thinly slice strawberries, layer them on top of the cream cheese and place the two halves together to assemble your sandwich. You can also add other delicious berries (such as blueberries or raspberries) to add extra flavor and nutrition.

Trail mix sandwiches

Take two pieces of whole grain bread and spread peanut butter on each slice of bread. Layer thinly sliced apples and some granola or trail mix between the two slices of bread. Drizzle with honey if desired and you have a sandwich that is sweet, salty and crunchy all at the same time!

Make a plain sandwich extra special

Turn an ordinary sandwich into something extraordinary simply by using cookie cutters! Assemble your sandwich as usual and use a simple cookie cutter to cut the sandwich into a fabulous shape. You can even change the shapes to coincide with the seasons or use shapes of your child's favorite sport or favorite animal.

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