Sandwiches are AWESOME.
We have been back to school a bit over 6 weeks, and the lunches have been on the top of the list.
We are FANTASTIC at the beginning of the year. Everyone has a lot of plans, lots of initiative, lots of spunk and drive to make it the BEST.LUNCH.EVER. We plan for things like cold pasta salad, chicken legs, some people do sushi rolls (with a lot of ice packs), baked potatoes with cheese, veggie pizza - we start off really, really well.
My kids (mostly) pack their own lunches, with of course a bit of a hot and heavy oversight from the mama. But about two months in, we seem to lose steam and how many sandwiches can one eat, anyway?
Sandwich crackers to the rescue! I like sandwich crackers for my kids because they are two awesome things (really yummy crackers) with an amazing (filling, the really true and best part of anything) in the middle.
I was provided with the opportunity to review the Lance Toast Chee, Whole Grains and Quick Starts crackers. Because we have peanut allergies in our house, my daughters take the peanut butter crackers to school, and those are their very favorite days. A packet of peanut butter crackers, a banana, carrot sticks, a milk box and a cookie, and they are golden. Toasty, baked whole grain crackers filled with real peanut butter are a wholesome and easy no brainer.
We've basically got lunch wrapped up. It's as easy as can be.
Breakfast, though. Breakfast is a sticking point. Getting up, getting ready, and getting out the door seems to be all that we can handle. The breakfast part often gets shoved to the side.
Enter the new Quick Starts. Available in Blueberry, Cinnamon roll and (squee!) Maple French toast, these cracker sandwiches are every bit as filling as a traditional breakfast sandwich, but much more portable and easy to toss them at the kids as they run out to the car. I usually hand them a packet of breakfast crackers and a protein shake and they've got just enough time to swallow it down before the first bell - so that lets them sleep an extra 15 minutes.
Very, very important. :)
When we stay home, though, I like to fancy them up a bit. Served with a bowl of yogurt and fruit, it's a fantastic fancy breakfast that looks much more difficult to prepare than it actually is - and has a more than 80% chance of being actually, you know, eaten.
Which everyone knows is half the battle.
One of the best ways that we enjoyed all of the different varieties of crackers was on a recent fishing trip. After all, it's hard to hold a sandwich and a fishing pole, but the crackers are just the right size to pop in the mouth while you are waiting and waiting for the fish to jump up on the hook, already.