5 Sandwiches That Prove Healthy Lunches Don't Have to Be Boring

It's time to give ham and cheese a break.

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With the new school year now in full swing, you’ve probably already found yourself elbows-deep in packing back-to-school lunches. Though classic sandwiches like bologna and ham and cheese are great, making (and eating) them every day can get a bit repetitive. Luckily, Food Network has lots of tasty and healthy sandwich recipes to keep things interesting. Make your favorite this week to take your lunch from uninspired to delicious in minutes.

If you’re someone who loves sandwiches that have a bit more going on under the surface, this towering creation is for you. With alternating layers of crispy bacon and potato chips, this sandwich proves a healthy lunch can still be filling. Cut each half into even smaller triangles to easily pack it in your kid's lunch box and pair it with additional potato chips or cornichons pickles for even more crunching and munching.

This hearty recipe combines everything you've avo wanted in a tasty sandwich. Mashed avocado and non-fat Greek yogurt combine to give your turkey a refreshing lift, and lettuce, tomato and turkey bacon offer additional smokiness and a crunchy texture. Add in a small bag of cookies or popcorn on the side for a lunch that will quickly turn into a favorite.

Food Network's Veggie Lover's Club Sandwich

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Vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike are sure to become instant fans of this colorful lunch. To make it, you’ll layer avocado, cucumbers, arugula, tofu, red onions, sun-dried tomatoes and avocado with pepperoncini, provolone and roasted peppers. You can also customize it by subbing in some of your kiddos’ favorite veggies to make it your very own — it’ll be satisfying either way!



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This sandwich gets a huge burst of flavor from the jasmine-green-tea-poached chicken breast and a bit of crunch thanks to almonds and mixed greens. Make it the night before and pack it in a Stasher bag, so your little one can easily grab it and go the next morning.

Food Network Kitchen's Breadless Peanut Butter And Chia Jam Sandwiches For Bunless/Breadless Sandwiches As seen on Food Network

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Although peanut butter and jelly is a classic, getting creative every once in a while is a must! This innovative take from the Food Network Kitchen completely eliminates the bread and replaces it with fiber-rich brown rice cakes for an extra crunchy twist. Sub out regular grape preserves for a handmade raspberry-blueberry chia-seed jam and add in a thin slice of apple or pear to up the fun even more.

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