School Lunch Ideas: 5 Fun Ways To Upgrade Peanut Butter and Jelly

This post is sponsored by Santa Cruz Organic but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

It’s back to school time and moms everywhere are ready! It feels like summer just got started and now we’re already in the midst of the back-to-school hustle. For the first time in 5 years, both of my kiddos will be heading to school. I’m not sure whether to celebrate or cry, but one things for sure it’s time to stock up on all the things to get the year started on the right foot. I’ve stocked up on backpacks, pencils, glue sticks, lunch boxes and all the yummy essentials to make packing for school lunch a breeze.

When it comes to school lunch, my kids are definitely on team PB&J. If they could have their way, they’d eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every single day. While they’re happy with a plain sandwich, I love to mix it up and add a little fun in there when I can. I’m sharing a few of my favorite ways to add a little fun and variation to their peanut butter and jelly obsession with 5 fun ways to upgrade peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. These ideas are great for mixing it up, while still being kid-friendly! First thing you’ll need is LOTS of peanut butter and jelly!

We love using Santa Cruz peanut butters and fruit spreads as they use the highest quality Certified Organic and Non-GMO ingredients and processes. If PB&J is going to be a staple in their diet, I want to make sure that they are fueling their little bodies with more wholesome foods. Another big bonus, Santa Cruz peanut butters are made with USDA certified organic peanuts, that not only taste great, but they also contain no sugar, no hydrogenated oils and no artificial ingredients – just peanuts and salt. Keeping it as natural as possible while still providing a creamy and easy to use peanut butter. Their spreadable fruit spreads have lots of different varieties (strawberry, mango, red raspberry) to offer different options and flavors while being made with organic fruit.

If you’re looking for some new ideas to put a spin on the typical peanut butter and jelly sandwich, check out the fun ideas below!

School Lunch Ideas: 5 Fun Ways To Upgrade Peanut Butter and Jelly

1. Peanut Butter & Jelly Kabobs

Make sandwiches like normal, cut into smaller pieces and add to skewer kabobs with fruit!

2. PB&J Dogs

Place banana inside hot dog bun with peanut butter and jelly! We love adding a container of Santa Cruz Organic Apple Sauce to their lunch boxes too! Each 4-ounce cup of Santa Cruz Organic applesauce provides 100% RDI (Reference Daily Intake) of Vitamin C – making this an easy choice for your kids’ lunchbox.

3. Peanut Butter and Jelly Roll-Ups

Flatten bread with rolling pin (or wine bottle), add a thin layer of Santa Cruz Peanut Butter and Santa Cruz fruit spread and roll up. Cut into bite size pieces.

4. PB&J Quesadilla

Slather a generous amount of peanut butter on a whole wheat tortilla and top with fresh fruit (strawberries and blueberries are our favorites).

5. Peanut Butter and Jelly Mixer

Mix and match with your favorite fruit spreads and peanut butters!

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What’s your kiddos favorite school lunch? Are they team hot lunch or brown bag?

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By |2019-08-19T20:52:14-04:00August 15th, 2019|food|5 Comments

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  1. Yanna August 20, 2019 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    Love it! I have been in search of a different peanut butter brand.

  2. Kileen August 21, 2019 at 2:19 am - Reply

    I love these different ways to mix up the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!! Need to try these for my kiddos!

    cute & little

  3. Julie August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am - Reply

    Oh these are such great ideas! I want them for my lunch, haha!

  4. Sarah Dudley August 21, 2019 at 8:52 am - Reply

    Oh my gosh, I love the roll-up idea! Makes it very snackable too.

  5. April August 21, 2019 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    These are such creative ideas! I have four little ones that are starting school soon and I will definitely use these ideas!

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