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It’s time to start packing lunches again and these Crustless PB&J Pockets are the perfect way to Power Their Day! #PBLove
I have two kids heading back to school this year and we are getting excited for Back to School season, are you? My daughter is heading into Pre-K this year and my son will be in 3rd grade. We had every intention of putting them in the same school this year, but opted to put my daughter in a Pre-K center nearby for a year before moving her to my son’s school. It was definitely a good choice for us because I am certain she will love it. We’ve driven by and will meet the teacher soon. I’m hoping she gets the same teacher my son had, it’s always a wonderful feeling when you truly love your teacher!
Now, of course on top of getting ready for back to school that means that I’m back in the lunchbox packing business. Aren’t you? One of our all-time favorites to pack into lunches is these Crustless PB&J Pockets. Now, sometimes I feel like PB&J gets a bad reputation, do you? It’s a classic though and honestly my kids love PB&J more than any other food that I pack in their lunches, so it’s a natural choice! What do they not love? CRUST! I don’t know what it is with kids and crust, but the crust must come off for them to really enjoy a sandwich.
I headed out to Walmart to pick up Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter & Smucker’s® Strawberry Jam. I purchased the larger sizes so that I can keep it on hand for a while, plus I have multiple lunches to pack and sandwiches to make.
Now, to make these, I simply make the sandwich, cut the crust off, and then seal the edges with the end of a fork. It’s so simple and takes me about an extra 30 seconds to trim off the crust. That alone brings back my sanity, because they both are instantly in love with their sandwiches and they think it’s fun that it’s a pocket. I love that all the ingredients stay inside too making it a low mess sandwich too.
I always use some type of bento style box for lunch packing as well and like to fill it with other items to provide variety. Our kids each lunch around 11am and then go to nearly 3pm without eating, that’s a long time for kids, so I try to add a little extra to hold them over. I also have started to pack snacks for them to eat on the ride home after school too. We have a 30-minute drive home from my son’s school and they are usually both in the HANGRY state by then. Sometimes, I even just pack an extra PB&J and they can enjoy it on the way home. It’s a win for all!
Once I have my lunches down, then I’m back to being very nostalgic especially with my daughter entering Pre-K. I feel like my son just went to Pre-K yesterday and she was a baby, now she’s going into Pre-K. I still remember talking to his teacher about how someday she would be in her class too and now that someday is here! How did this happen? It seems like as soon as they get into school the years start speeding up. Does it feel like that for you?
The good thing for me is that with Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter & Smucker’s® Strawberry Jam, I feel like I’m able to easily send my kids back with a nutritious lunch plus have time to just enjoy the moment and get them back to school! Be sure to head on over to find even more great ideas for Back to School!
What types of foods do you plan to add to your child’s lunch? I’d love to hear some more ideas!
Happy Back to School Season!