Today we tried something new for lunch – Make Your Own Pita Pocket Sandwich. I thought my 2-4-year-olds would enjoy making their own pita pocket sandwich and they did! It was fun and healthy! Allowing children to make their own food or help with the process certainly encourages them to try new and healthy foods they may not even consider otherwise. Shredding carrots and ripping leaves helps make them manageable for little hands and mouths. I always try to incorporate additional fruit and vegetables into the meal when we have something like this, just in case they decide to not eat what’s in the sandwich. In this case, we also had applesauce and broccoli.
I provided pocket bread, romaine leaves, shredded cheese, shredded carrot and shredded chicken breast mixed with some ranch dressing for flavor and to prevent the sandwiches from being dry. Here’s how to make one:
First, add romaine, shredded carrot, shredded cheese, chicken and ranch dressing to your pita pocket. Then, enjoy!
One choose not to make one and did not eat. The other three made theirs and ate most or all of it. It’s fun to involve the children in the food preparation and often it encourages them to try new things. This 4-year-old put his broccoli in too!
Pita pockets are easy for children to hold and fun to eat! Who doesn’t like the idea of filling a pocket with yummy ingredients! Of course you can choose to add whatever you’d like to your pita pocket sandwich but this mixture seemed to work for my group while incorporating additional vegetables.