Do you ever have those nights where you just can not be bothered cooking, you’ve forgotten to take something out of the freezer, haven’t gotten to the shops or you’re just drawing a total blank??? I think we all do!
Well, I had one of those nights last week. The man of the house was at training and I was feeling pretty uninspired. Usually bath time in our house comes after dinner, but since I had approximately zero going on in my head as to what I was going to make my children to eat, we bathed first. They were confused. Thank goodness for that leftover pasta from the night before which enabled me to feed my youngest before the bath (he’s generally only partaking of the family meal around 5 out of 7 nights at this point). The older two, well, by 6.30pm things were looking grim. They were bathed, PJ’d and hanging around the kitchen expectantly waiting for food.
I suddenly remembered I had bacon in the fridge, as well as cheese, tomatoes, gherkins and rocket and I had bread. We could get creative.
I called them “Dinner Sandwiches” and everyone got on board. And they were delicious.
My kids have sandwiches daily in their lunchbox, like most Kiwi kids. Actually even if they are at home at lunchtime (weekends and non-kindy days), their first choice for lunch is a sandwich. While I do not always feel good about them eating a lot of bread (especially if they’ve had toast for breakfast), I try to balance that out by always giving them grain or wheatmeal breads, not white.
Protein is a vital nutrient for growth and development of our little ones. It helps to maintain sustained energy and leaves them feeling fuller for longer which is important when sending young ones off to school and kindy for lots of play and lots of learning. Interestingly, although a sandwich is included by 43% of parents in their children’s lunch box, most people do not perceive bread as being a significant source of protein.
And that is why Tip Top have made it even easier to boost children’s protein intake with the introduction of their new Hi-Protein bread. Two slices of this bread provide over half the daily required amount of protein for young children (aged 4-8 years), and at least one quarter of the required daily intake for teenagers.
Tip Top Hi-Protein is made from naturally sourced protein boosting ingredients, contains no artificial colours or flavours and is available in two tasty variants: Oats or Soy & Linseed.
While we tend to recognise that protein comes in the form of meat or dairy, you may be interested to know that this bread contains more protein per serve than a 250ml glass of standard blue top milk! Tip Top Hi-Protein bread also contains over 5 grams more protein than other white breads which makes it the loaf to reach for next time you’re at the supermarket.
- 2 slices of Tip Top Hi-Protein bread per person
- 3 strips of streaky bacon per person
- 2 slices Edam (or your favourite) cheese
- 2 gherkins, thinly sliced lengthwise
- 3 tomato slices
- Rocket, lettuce leaves or mesclun
- Best Foods mayonnaise
- Tomato Relish or chutney of your choice
- Salt & Pepper
- Cook bacon. (I fry mine over a high heat in fry pan on the stove top and drain on paper towels to absorb excess oil.)
- Slice tomato, cheese and set aside.
- Wash leaves, dry.
- Spread one piece of toast with relish, top with cheese, bacon, tomato, salt & pepper, sliced gherkin, rocket and finally top with second slice of toast, smeared in Best Foods.
- Slice and devour.
* this is a sponsored post. Tip Top Hi-Protein was provided for editorial consideration, but all opinions genuine and my own.