School started this week and I knew I wanted to do something special for my kids to celebrate a new school year and ease the transition back—maybe more so for mom than the kids—LOL! It is always bittersweet when the summer ends and my kids are back in school full time. I was inspired by Nature’s Harvest® bread to make a fun back to school sandwich art for my kids snack as a healthy fun way to celebrate school starting. In years past I have taken the kids for donuts or ice cream after school, but we have been trying to eat better and incorporate more whole grains and real food into our diets lately. I knew this snack would be a great way to let my kiddos know how much I missed them and give them some healthy food to fuel their growing bodies.
I knew that eating more whole grain was an important factor in the bread I buy, but I didn’t realize that more than half of other moms out there felt the same way! I am glad to share with you that when you buy Nature’s Harvest you can count on these things:
o At least 8 grams of whole grains in every serving.
o No artificial flavors, colors or high-fructose corn syrup
o ALL Nature’s Harvest varieties carry the whole grain stamp.
o Whether Made with Whole Grain White, Honey Wheat-or any other variety, moms be sure it’s made with whole grains because it says Nature’s Harvest.
Their reactions were priceless! Each of their faces lit up when I placed their special creations in front of them! They gobbled up their sandwich and told me that was one of the best parts of their first day of school. Win for mom and for healthy eating!
- Nature's Harvest Bread
- Sandwich meat of your choice (I used ham, Turkey, and Bologna)
- Assorted Cheese
- Red Peppers
- Any other veggies or fruit you have handy to incorporate into your design
- You will also need: Cookie Cutters and a small Paring Knife
- Using the Cookie Cutters and Paring Knife cut out bread, sandwich meat, and cheeses according to the animal or object you will be making.
- Assemble together using mayo as a "glue".
- Decorate with mustard, red peppers, and cucumbers or any other fresh fruits or veggies.
- Serve to the kids and watch them enjoy!
I think sandwich art might have to become a tradition in our house for the first day back to school. I loved getting to be creative and play with my kids’ food-it was a blast! It was even better to hear how much my kids loved them and how special they felt because I took the time to make them something fun.
Have you ever made sandwich art for your kids before or created art out of your kids’ food to get them to eat healthier? In a recent survey by Nature’s Harvest they found that nearly 75% of moms have gotten a bit creative with styling food to encourage healthy eating.
In light of these findings and in honor of back to school, Nature’s Harvest is hosting a Sandwich Art Facebook Contest, that celebrity chef / mom Kelsey Nixon is judging! The contest is live right now through September 20th, with a KITCHEN CRASH with Kelly Nixon as the grand prize and backpacks filled with Crayola products for second prize winners. So get creative and create your own sandwich art and the submit pictures of your creations on the Nature’s Harvest Facebook page.
Plus, you can find Nature’s Harvest Honey Wheat (our favorite variety in the line) on rollback for $1.97 nationwide exclusively at Walmart! Get everything you need to make your sandwich art and more with one-stop shopping at Walmart.
Nature’s Harvest wants to know what you think about whole grains! Visit NaturesHarvestBreadSurvey.com for a 10 minute opt-in shopper research survey, for which we will be sending a $5 Walmart gift cards to the first 100 people that fully complete the survey (U.S. citizens only, must be 18 years or older to participate).