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April 18, 2015

Packable lunches: Sprucing up your PB&J

Fun spins on a lunchtime favorite

Eating the same sandwich for lunch everyday can get boring. 

Maybe it worked in elementary school when you were a picky eater and all you liked was peanut butter and jelly with the crust cut off. Now that you're an older, wiser, more sophisticated individual, it's time to spruce up your lunchtime meal.

You can never go wrong with a PB&J, but try changing things up a bit (without losing the foundation that is the iconic sandwich, of course). 

There are plenty of simple - and delicious - ways to turn your brown-bagged PB&J from drab to fab.

On his site, Chocolate Covered Memories, local blogger Lee Porter shared Sarah’s Place's co-owner Aaron Smith's childhood PB&J sandwich secret. In addition to the usual ingredients, Smith adds a banana and honey to the mix. 

You could also try adding other fun ingredients, like cinnamon, raisins, apples, Nutella or fluff. If you're feeling a little more adventurous, you could substitute almond butter, cashew butter or even sunflower seed butter.

And don't forget, while white bread is the quintessential choice to hold it all together, you can also use wheat bread, wraps, bagels, croissants, waffles or even apples.

Really want to try something different? How about a sandwich on a stick? Peanut butter and fruit kabobs make for a refreshing take on the classic PB&J by replacing jelly with whole fruit. They're also easy to pack.

There's no wrong way to make a PB&J.