Lunch Made Fun with these PB&J Sandwich Cut-Outs
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine. #PBLove
As a mom to three, I often have to reach into my magical bag of tricks to find ways to make things work. My most recent struggle is getting my picky kids to eat certain meals. What they love one day, they could snub the next. It is a constant battle that I just might be winning thanks to some creativity. These PB&J Sandwich Cut-Outs are my most recent victory over the war on lunch.
When I was a kid, I rarely complained about eating certain foods. I pretty much only hated liver and onions, and steak. These days, kids are so different. Their taste buds run off the visual appeal of foods. My son, for instance, will not eat anything that looks messy or unappealing. It is so bad that he will gladly go to bed hungry, and just not eat.
Even a common peanut butter and jam sandwich can be a hurdle if it has crust on it. Oh, and did I mention they will only eat certain brands now?
Yeah, it is not even funny! Right now they love Smucker’s® Strawberry Jam and Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter. These two brands are the very ones I grew up on so I can see how they would enjoy them
Available at Walmart, I typically buy the largest sizes of each. The summer time is one which my kids can eat peanut butter freely so we go through it quickly. Due to peanut allergies at school we have to reserve it for the weekends.
But did I mention they will not eat a sandwich on whole grain bread, wheat bread, or pretty much any bread besides white?
Oh, and the crust has to be removed fully.
Now, I smartened up and started keeping my large cookie cutters in my kitchen drawer. I use these on larger sliced white bread to make the cutest PB&J Sandwich Cut-Outs that are fully kid-approved.
Worried about bread waste? I have been saving all that extra bread ends for things like bread crumbs and croutons. Just add them to a plastic storage container or zippered bag until you are ready to grind or season/toast them.
By using larger cookie cutters, you can easily spread the Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter on one side, and the delicious Smucker’s® Strawberry Jam on the other.
- Keep bread in the freezer and cut shapes out with semi-frozen bread. This helps to easily cut them out and spread the PB&J on them. Of course, this tip is great for back to school lunches or prepping sandwiches ahead of time.
- Use larger sized bread slices to easily fit your cookie cutter over.
- Place sandwiches in zippered bags to keep them fresh. I also use plastic sandwich containers to keep them from getting squished during back to school time.
- Allow kids to help cut out the shapes so they can take part in the lunch or snack festivities.
- Add stickers or notes to the zippered bag to make back to school lunches extra special.
With 7 grams of protein, Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter is a great lunch idea to help fuel kids and power their day and adults alike.
Kids love them, they are easy to add to a zippered bag or plastic container for lunches, and they are tasty!
How do you make your kids lunches fun for the summer of back to school?