Great Fall Sandwiches

Great Fall Sandwiches

Wondering what to bring for lunch or pack in your kids' lunchboxes? The mighty sandwich can provide a healthy, filling main staple of the midday meal. Containing your necessary fiber, nutrients, and proteins, it's a balanced and hearty option for sustaining your busy day. And it doesn't have to just be peanut butter and jelly; you can get creative with your sandwiches. Here are a few ideas:

Thanksgiving Sandwich

It's not Thanksgiving yet, but you may be craving some turkey and cranberry sauce ahead of time. In between two slices of whole-wheat bread (these contain fiber, iron, and healthy carbohydrates), you can add elements of the Thanksgiving meal. We recommend slices of roast turkey, mashed sweet potato, and cranberry sauce. It's a delicious reminder of the holiday to come, and it packs all your necessary vitamins, nutrients, and lean proteins into one incredibly tasty lunch.

Smoked Salmon Sandwich

A famed New York treat is bagels, lox, and cream cheese, but you can substitute the bagel for more complex carbohydrates in whole-wheat bread. Slather cream cheese on a slice of bread, then place a tomato, slices of onion, and some smoked salmon on top. You're getting a valuable helping of omega-3s, which aid your heart and your brain function- especially important for work and school.

Apple and Chicken Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese is a tasty reminder of childhood, but it's not particularly filling. Spice it up by placing tiny slices of apple and cooked chicken atop the cheese before grilling. This is a great way to sneak some protein and fruit into your kids' lunches. Small pieces of chicken and apple will go virtually unnoticed as your child munches on a nutritious lunch. For adults, the crisp taste of apple will really add to the sandwich. Another variation of this recipe uses bacon instead of chicken.

Tuna and Avocado Sandwich

Tuna fish sandwiches are an office staple, but they can taste bland when just mixed with bread and a bit of mayo. Thankfully, they can be boosted to higher levels of flavor and nutrition when you add slices of tomato and scoops of avocado. This gives you healthy fats and omega-3 nutrients sandwiched in between your bread, courtesy of the avocado and tuna.

Monterey Jack and Pear Sandwich

There's just something about fruit and cheese: they pair so well together. A few slices of Monterey Jack cheese, topped with some thinly sliced pear, will add a delicious spark to your sandwich. You can also add a protein of choice, such as chicken or turkey, that's either roasted or deli style. The trick is to use a protein that doesn't have much flavor, so it doesn't contrast with the existing cheese and fruit.

Steak and Spinach Sandwich

If you have leftover steak from dinner, you can cut it into small slices for a sandwich. Add some spinach and the condiment of your choice, such as chipotle mayonnaise, for a sandwich that gives you plenty of iron, minerals, and nutrients.

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