Thanks to Nature’s Harvest® for sponsoring this post about sandwich art. All opinions are my own.
To bento or not to bento? Does anyone really have time for fancy sandwich landscapes? It may seem like most moms are on one side or the other when it comes to Pinteresty food art, but I’m of the opinion that “fun” and “done” aren’t mutually exclusive. Kids like fun, not necessarily fancy, so keep it simple with cookie cutters and a few twists on the sure-bet foods that you just know your kids will eat.
According to a recent nationwide survey conducted on behalf of Nature’s Harvest bread, nearly 75 percent of moms have employed creative methods, such as styling food into fun shapes, to get their children to eat more nutritiously. My kids are pretty good eaters, but I’m not above a little trickery and today it led to my son eating a bunch of raw almond slices. That never happens!
I just enlisted the help of a few cute little friends…
We started with Nature’s Harvest Honey Wheat bread (which is on rollback for $1.97 at Walmart stores nationwide) and made a sandwich that never fails: peanut butter, banana slices and honey.
I just so happened to have a Beehive Cookie Cutter, and once I realized that we had honey wheat bread and honey in our sandwich, it all seemed to fit together. Of course we had to make bees!
They couldn’t have been easier – 2 little slits on the top of each grape for 2 almond slices – and the kiddos couldn’t have been more excited to pop them! Grape bees will definitely be making an appearance in a lunchbox near me this fall!
- 2 slices Honey Wheat Bread
- 2 Tbsp peanut butter
- ½ banana
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 6 grapes
- 12 almond slices
- Extra peanut butter and/or chocolate hazelnut spread for decorating
- Spread one slice of bread with peanut butter, top with sliced banana and drizzle with honey. Top with other slice of bread and cut into a beehive shape with a knife or cookie cutter.
- Using a piping bag with a thin writing tip (or the very end snipped off) trace the beehive outline on top slice of bread. (Use peanut butter, Nutella, or any spread you like.)
- For bees, use a small knife to cut 2 slits into the top of each grape. Insert almond slices for wings. Pipe on eyes and smiles and place on sandwich or plate. Affix with a dab of peanut butter so they don't roll around.
When kids need to be alert and focused all day at school, it’s so important that they get the nutrition they need. I worry about this, just like any mom, and it concerns me that my son might toss the lunch I pack or just get bored with his favorites. That’s why, despite being busier than ever, I promised myself that I would devote just a little time this year to making his lunches more fun. Not just for him, but for me, too. It’s fun to be creative and let him know I put the time into something special for him – plus, it helps keep him interested in healthy foods!
Moms Everywhere are Adding More Whole Grains
56% of American consumers are already trying to add whole grains into their diet, which fiber and protein following. (Hey, moms and dads can enjoy a good beehive sandwich, too!)
In a recent survey,* it was reported that nearly half of moms with children ages 4–13 are concerned about their children’s nutrition and 52% consider whole grains one of the most nutritional considerations when purchasing food at the grocery store.
The good news is that none of this has to be complicated. The sandwich and bees are easy, and finding good, nutritious choices can be easy, too.
“The easy choice for whole grains.”
Every one of Nature’s Harvest breads is baked with whole grains – at least 8g per serving – and you won’t find artificial flavors, colors or high fructose corn syrup. Just look for the whole grain stamp on every package!
Nature’s Harvest wants to know what YOU think about whole grains! Take the opt-in shopper research survey below and they will send a $5 Walmart gift card to the first 100 people that fully complete the survey (U.S. citizens only, must be 18 years or older to participate).
Let your Inner Artist Shine!
Are you an artist in the kitchen? Show off your fancy sammies and you could win with Nature’s Harvest! Get details on the contest and enter your photo here – you just might get your kitchen crashed!
*Source: NPG Group’s 29th Annual Report on Eating Patterns in America 2014