Snack Time: 5 pinwheel sandwiches that are perfect for after school snacks
These fun 'pinwheels' could be served at a party, popped into a lunchbox, or as an after school snack. Just choose your filling and watch them get gobbled up!
The way snacks are presented to kids can really impact on how well they are received. The simple act of calling these pinwheels instead of wraps, for example. By chopping the wraps up into sushi like bites - and by being a bit more inventive with filling ideas - means you are much more likely to get healthy food into your kids. That's the theory anyhow! Seriously though, I find it does work most of the time. Granted you won't get 100% success, but try it and see; you may be surprised.
I like to make these as a snack after school, or I pop them into a lunchbox as part of a picnic for a day out. Try my ideas for fillings below or why not make up a few of your own? You know your own kids! Nowadays you can get spinach wraps, sweet chilli wraps (seen below) as well as white, brown and seeded, so mix it up and see what works.
Pinwheels: my 5 ideas for healthy wraps
- Houmous and grated carrot: spread houmous on (not too much) then add a small sprinkle of grated carrot.
- Peanut butter and jam: smear peanut butter with a thin layer of jam on top.
- Ham and pesto: lay thinly sliced ham on a thin smear of pesto.
- Egg and sweet chilli mayo: mash a hard boiled egg with a little mayo and a tiny bit of sweet chilli sauce.
- Tuna crunch: mix drained canned tuna with mayo, diced gherkin and diced red pepper.
How to do it:
- Spread the wrap with the filling: don't overfill as the filling does tend to squeeze out if there is too much!
- Roll up! Keep it tight but not so much that it overspills.
- Cut the ends off and discard, then cut the rest into sushi-like pieces. Serve!
Tip: Don't use overly wet fillings: for example, mashed banana doesn't work well as it goes too soggy!
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