Parents who have a child who is facing an illness (understandably) don’t always have time or energy to focus on meal preparation and balanced nourishment for both themselves and the rest of the family.
These parents are also perhaps most in need of a meal that provides long-lasting energy and tasty flavors that satisfy adults and kids alike.
In these situations, I love the idea of packing up a cooler or lunch box with nutritious (and delicious) veggie hummus sandwiches for the entire family.
Of all the different variations of sandwiches that are out there, ones that combine hummus (homemade or store bought) with fresh, roasted vegetables are almost always my favorite. They’re healthy, delicious, convenient, and contain an array of energy-providing nutrients to fuel busy, long days.
Energy comes in three forms within these sandwiches. Healthy carbohydrates (from sweet potatoes and whole grain bread) provide quick energy, while protein (from hummus) and fats (from avocado) are digested and absorbed more slowly to support longer lasting energy levels. (And long lasting energy is exactly what parents with a sick child need most.)
I also love that this sandwich recipe is completely customizable. (Great for picky eaters!) Feel free to use my idea for roasted sweet potatoes with avocado, basil, and sprouts – or sub in your own favorite vegetables and herbs. The options are endless!
Of course, sandwiches can be prepared entirely ahead of time, packed into sealed bags or containers, and stored in the fridge for up to three days.
But especially for larger families with kids, I love the idea of preparing a “sandwich station.”
Just pack each ingredient into a separate container and then spread on a table buffet-style.
Sandwich stations not only allow each family member to choose their favorite veggies and condiments but also provide a fun activity for kids (and parents) who are in need of a little distraction.
(I especially love this idea for visitors and caregivers who spend a lot of time in hospital rooms or long-term care facilities.)
Another thing I love about the sandwich station idea? Not everyone needs to eat a sandwich!
Provide large whole grain tortillas to make hummus wraps, a bowl of greens for hummus salad, or include whole grain crackers, tortilla chips, whole grain pita bread, and/or baby carrots for dipping.
Recipe: Favorite Veggie Hummus Sandwiches
This quick and delicious sandwich can be packed to go. It is filling and nutritious. It offers a delicious alternative to hospital cafeteria fare. This recipe was developed by Stephanie McKercher, RDN.
- 1 small sweet potato, cut lengthwise into thin slices
- 2 slices whole grain bread
- ½ cup hummus (store bought or homemade)
- ½ avocado, sliced
- Handful fresh basil
- Handful sprouts (I used alfalfa + radish)
- Hot sauce to taste (optional, I used Sriracha)
- Preheat oven to 400º F and line baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread sweet potatoes on baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired, and roast until golden brown and tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
- Toast bread if desired. Spread hummus on each slice of bread. Top one slice with remaining ingredients and other slice of bread to form a sandwich. Cut in half if desired.
For more information, visit Stephanie McKercher at The Grateful Grazer.
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