What to put in kids' sandwiches now we're not allowed ham?

(20 Posts)
Indiechic Sun 15-Nov-15 08:14:28

The dc love sandwiches and were happy to have cheese salad sandwiches and ham salad sandwiches in their lunchboxes. Now that the advice has changed and processed meat is a carcinogenic, what am I supposed to feed them? Is it just ham that the advice refers to? Can someone please enlighten me? I also know that chicken nuggets etc aren't particularly healthy, but are they all a carcinogen too? I'm a veggie who's not very good with food, so could really do with some help.

Mehitabel6 Sun 15-Nov-15 08:16:59

Everything in moderation. Just don't have ham everyday.
Egg or humus spring to mind - tuna.

Itsokispeakdumbass Sun 15-Nov-15 08:20:02

Boring but mine now have the same cheese & salad sarnies everyday. I mix up the cheese though, melted mozzarella & pesto. Red Leicester & chutney etc etc. They used to have ham or salami almost every day blush
Chicken is still fine afaik

BabCNesbitt Sun 15-Nov-15 08:21:02

DD likes grated carrot with sunflower seed butter (you could use peanut butter, but she's allergic), or sliced banana with SS butter (latter's sweet, but OK occasionally).

Do they have to have sandwiches every day? Could you send them in with eg leftover pasta made into a salad?

DoreenLethal Sun 15-Nov-15 08:21:58

Try this:

www.theppk.com/2013/07/chickpea-salad-sammiches/

You can make up a goodly amount and just pop it in daily. It really is amazing. You don't need to use vegan mayo obviously - just regular mayo does the job if you aren't vegan.

RoganJosh Sun 15-Nov-15 08:23:49

We get wafer thin chicken instead of ham.

PurpleThermalsNowItsWinter Sun 15-Nov-15 08:24:10

Dd only eats ham in sandwiches. I make her a smoked ham sandwich plus cream crackers and cheese, grapes, satsuma, crisps and a homemade cake in her lunch box.

If your DC are not fussy there are tons of fillings for sandwiches by mixing chutneys, pickles and fillings;
Wensleydale and onion chutney (dm's preferred sandwich)
Cheese and tomato
Marmite ( and cheese according to db)
Beef
Chicken
Beef and roasted red peppers
Chicken and red currant jelly (better as a toastie with Brie).
Triple decker chicken salad sandwiches are DH's favourite.
Roasted veg wrap

WorldsBiggestGrotbag Sun 15-Nov-15 08:25:03

Sliced roast chicken?

Indiechic Sun 15-Nov-15 08:28:54

Is wafer thin chicken ok then? Obviously I know that all that plastic stuff can't be that good, but not akin to giving your kids cigarettes.

They are very young, and will only eat dry food. Anything wet like pasta sauce or gravy wouldn't be touched.

Yes, mine were having lots of ham as I was trying to give them protein. I just need something quick and cheap.

Thanks for the recipe ideas, I'll have a look smile

Indiechic Sun 15-Nov-15 08:30:35

Are the packets of chicken, turkey, beef ok then?

Flumplet Sun 15-Nov-15 08:39:48

You know the proper ham cut thinly off a joint - would that work? (Sorry I'm veggie)

Indiechic Sun 15-Nov-15 08:52:12

That's what I was wondering, is a proper cut ok? However, as a veggie I wouldn't be buying and getting involved with joints of ham!! There's only so much meat I can handle grin

cdtaylornats Sun 15-Nov-15 08:52:41

The bread is a processed food. Unless you do everything from scratch, and by that I mean growing the wheat, then every bit of food you eat is processed in some way.

Cheese is heavily processed.

People have eaten this stuff for centuries.

PennyHasNoSurname Sun 15-Nov-15 08:54:36

Just carry on with ham.

Exhaust fumes are carcinogenic - do you all wear gass masks when out and about?

BikeRunSki Sun 15-Nov-15 09:00:12

I'm veggie. My children aren't. We get "proper ham" from the butcher. DH goes for it. The butcher rears and kills his own meat, and also sells other locally raised meat. He makes his own ham. I figure this is less processed than plastic ham. Similar cost too.

MediumBox Sun 15-Nov-15 09:03:25

sclices roast meat.
vegan pate (free from aisle)

just don't have ham/processed meat every day

12purpleapples Sun 15-Nov-15 09:03:42

Quorn make a ham substitute that is very nice (IMO), could be worth trying to see if your children like it.

QforCucumber Sun 15-Nov-15 09:06:22

Butchers ham slices -delicious with beetroot.
Tuna and cucumber
Egg salad

MediumBox Sun 15-Nov-15 09:06:44

the problem with ham is that during the curing process the problem occur.

'raw' meats (dried ham, salami) have a whole other host of issues, would only serve them once a month at most.

SeaRabbit Sun 15-Nov-15 09:09:18

Read the statistics- eating ham means an increased risk but it is still a small absolute risk. You should be varying their diet anyway. According to cancer research

We know that, out of every 1000 people in the UK, about 61 will develop bowel cancer at some point in their lives. Those who eat the lowest amount of processed meat are likely to have a lower lifetime risk than the rest of the population (about 56 cases per 1000 low meat-eaters).

If this is correct, the WCRF’s analysis suggests that, among 1000 people who eat the most processed meat, you’d expect 66 to develop bowel cancer at some point in their lives – 10 more than the group who eat the least processed meat.

Source here

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