Lunchbox Wars: Sub Sandwich

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This is a MOMables™ version of a packaged convenience lunch that kids get to “assemble” themselves. 

homemade and healthier version of lunchables with sub sandwich

Our version: fresh whole wheat roll, nitrate free turkey, real cheddar cheese, fresh apple slices, a juicy plum and a pickle.  What’s a fresh sandwich without a pickle?

We know making a sandwich is not rocket science, so why anyone would purchase the packaged version below… we are not sure.  If you’ve wondered what exactly comes in a packaged lunch… check out this post.

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Boxed Sub Sandwich Lunch ContentsRound 1: Contents

The boxed sub sandwich lunch contains a small loaf of “made with whole grain” bread, pressed turkey luncheon meat, and processed cheese slices, all individually wrapped in plastic, plus a squeeze packet of mayonnaise and a marshmallow crispy rice dessert treat. That’s all.

All I see is processed foods wrapped in plastic = more garbage.

Winner: The MOMables lunch, for being a complete lunch!

I could have included a crispy rice square if I’d made some ahead of time – MOMables™ has a recipe for a healthier version!

Round 2: Nutrition

The boxed lunch, which lacks a vegetable or fruit serving, is not at all what I’d call a good example of a healthy lunch. However, it’s packaging (not shown), boldly advertising it as “made with whole grain”, is an excellent example of misleading terminology. “Made with whole grain” just means there is some whole grain in it. The box claims 8g per serving – which works out to only about 15%. In fact, the first ingredient listed is “enriched bleached wheat flour”, which is just another way of saying white flour.

My MOMables™ remake contains more food groups. The turkey is 100% turkey breast and the cheese is 100% cheddar, not just made with those things. The bread is 100% whole wheat.  And of course, the fruit is 100% fruit. I didn’t measure and weigh this lunch, and the bread came from the bakery, so I’d have to guess about the nutritional content of everything, but to be honest, I’m not as concerned about the numbers with fresh whole foods. If what I pack in my family’s lunches is all good stuff their bodies need, and not fillers, artificial ingredients and preservatives, I feel good that they’ll feel good.
Winner:  The MOMables™ lunch, 100%.

Round 3: Presentation

In the case of food, looks do matter! We eat with our eyes first. The boxed lunch is visually disappointing. It doesn’t look like much – because it isn’t! The MOMables™ lunch on the other hand, full of colorful, fresh, real food, looks much more appetizing.
The MOMables meal looks like a winner!

Bonus Round:  Waste Not

Each ingredient in the store-bought lunch is individually wrapped in plastic. All that trash for one little sandwich, and what a waste of time as well! Kids don’t get a lot of time for lunch these days, they don’t need to waste any of it struggling with excess plastic packaging.

The trash-free homemade lunch is packed in a reusable Laptop Lunches bento box, ready to eat. Winner: the no-waste lunch, no contest.


MOMables for the Win!

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