toddler lunch ideas

Jessica Penner, RDBabies & Kids, Inspiration, Nutrition6 Comments

12 Toddler Lunch Ideas

It can be easy to lose inspiration when these little ankle biters are hungry day in and day out several times a day! Here are some ideas to rejuvenate your toddler lunches! 

I recommend that at least 3 or 4 food groups are offered at mealtimes. One should always be a fruit or veggie. Since I want to expose my little guy to both cooked and raw veggies, I’ve fallen into the habit of serving raw veggies at lunch and cooked veggies at supper. It’s just a little shortcut I’ve given my brain so that it doesn’t have to think as hard! 

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Note that the amount of food on these plates aren’t prescriptions for how much a toddler should eat. Kids should be given a range of healthy food, and allowed to eat as much or as little as they need. I try to offer a small amount of each food so that my toddler isn’t overwhelmed with food on his plate. I have refills close by and he knows he just has to ask (politely!) for more and I’ll oblige. 

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  • Cooked chicken
  • Cheese
  • Peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Cherry tomatoes (cut in half lengthwise to prevent choking in young children)

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  • Tofu
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Pickles
  • Yellow peppers
  • Cucumbers

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  • Leftover farmer sausage and rice dinner
  • Cheese
  • Red peppers
  • Cucumber

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  • Sun-dried tomato and tuna salad sandwich
  • Yellow peppers

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  • Cucumber and ranch cottage cheese open faced sandwich
  • Cherry tomatoes (cut in half lengthwise to prevent choking in young children)
  • Cheese curds

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  • Turkey pepperoni cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Cherry tomatoes (cut in half lengthwise to prevent choking in young children)
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Couscous salad with garden veggies

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  • PB and honey sandwich on sourdough flax bread
  • Carrots (grate raw carrots for young children to reduce the risk of choking)

 

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  • Panini grilled cheese sandwich
  • Cucumber slices
  • Cherry tomatoes (cut in half lengthwise to prevent choking in young children)

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  • Whole grain wrap with cream cheese and cottage cheese
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Cherry tomatoes (cut in half lengthwise to prevent choking in young children)

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  • Leftover whole grain pasta with spaghetti sauce
  • Cherry tomatoes (cut in half lengthwise to prevent choking in young children)

 

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