Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich 

 The classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a great high calorie food kids love. As long as your child isn’t allergic to peanuts, this sandwich is a great lunch that’s actually fairly healthy, especially if made with whole wheat bread and natural peanut butter. One sandwich can pack in 400 calories if made with 2 slices of bread, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and 2 teaspoons of jelly. Add a glass of whole milk and you have a 550 calorie meal!

If your child loves a good PB and J but would like to try something different, here are some sandwiches with a twist:

  • Peanut butter and nutella on toast
  • Peanut butter and banana on pumpernickel bread
  • Soy nut butter and berries on multigrain bread
  • Almond butter and nutella on rye bread
  • Grilled peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat bread
  • Peanut butter, nutella and marshmallow fluff on whole wheat bread
  • Fried peanut butter and banana on white bread
  • Soy nut butter, coconut and pineapples on multigrain bread
  • Almond butter with canned peaches on rye bread
  • Grilled peanut butter and bananas on whole wheat bread
  • Almond butter with strawberries on a wrap
  • Peanut butter and grapes on a whole wheat wrap
  • Almond butter and jam on a pita
open faced peanut butter and jelly http://www.flickr.com/photos/kalleboo/202987698/

These are just a few suggestions to change the classic PB and J slightly. Feel free to mix and match, and use almond, soy nut, or macademia nut butter. Get creative with other spreads and fruits such as mango, apples, peaches, and berries. Different types of breads also lend a slightly different flavor to a normal PB and J, and don’t be afraid to make your child’s lunch with wraps or pitas as well. It can be hard to find healthy food kids love. These small differences can be a great addition to your child’s diet that can be eaten a few times per week.

If your child goes to a school that allows peanut butter, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich makes a healthy shelf stable lunch that most kids love. These sandwiches contain fat, protein, carbohydrates, fiber and healthy fat. So what are you waiting for? Make your child a peanut butter and jelly sandwich today!