Toddler Lunch Ideas

Toddler Lunch Ideas – what our Lil’ Duck likes to eat!

  • Leftovers from dinner!
  • Sandwiches on whole grain wheat bread
    • Peanut butter and jelly if they are eating peanuts
    • Grilled cheese
    • Deli meat & cheese
    • Any sort of melt is especially good, since Lil’ Duck loves to disassemble his sandwiches.
  • Fish sticks (especially with various dipping sauces, Lil’ Duck likes ketchup or bbq sauce but you can try anything you like, ranch dressing is a hit among many of his friends).
  • French fries – we actually get the healthy potato wedges with the olive oil so it’s all real potatoes and not a ton of grease and sodium.
  • Fruits – pretty much anything sliced up at this age is fine, barring allergies.
  • Yogurt (we still mix pureed fruit in as Lil’ Duck isn’t a fan of plain fruit, also mix in cereals and vitamins).
  • Crackers with cheese (melted in the microwave for a few seconds to keep them together) or cream cheese (you could do pasturized soft cheese, but I’m still wary personally).
  • Rice cakes – Lil Duck would eat these all day if I let him. We get the unsalted ones and put anything on top or just let him eat it plain. I also showed him how to break off pieces and scoop up spinach dip and tuna.
  • Low-sodium soups – veggie soup, chicken soups, etc – can be an easy way to get protein and veggies in. I usually offer the little guy the chunky parts and drain the liquid or eat it myself – if I want him to have broth, I put it in a cup with a straw. It’s just too messy otherwise, but it’s your house ;).
  • Pasta and sauce is always a hit – I mix pureed veggies in spaghetti sauce, melt cheese (we use rice cheese for the dairy allergy) over top, mix in some shredded meat, etc. Mac and Cheese is a hit for many – we have to get the rice version, but there are a lot of healthy mac and cheese mixes out there now as well.
    • Lil’ Duck also likes the ravioli/tortellini from the pre-made store packages, with or without sauce. We get the chicken or pesto ones most of the time, but there are also cheese-filled ones for those without dairy issues.
  • We also like the little microwavable meals from Gerber or the health food store – the adult meals like Chef Boyardee have too much sodium and junk, but the baby meals are pretty good.
  • Tortillas – wraps, burritos, etc – an easy way to make leftovers interesting and can make for a wide variety of lunches.
  • Speaking of burritos, we keep the frozen bean burritos in the freezer for a quick meal. Lil’ Duck likes them with chips and salsa ;).

Be sure to visit the rest of the Works For Me Wednesday tips for other great ideas as well.

13 Responses to Toddler Lunch Ideas

  1. Danielle Richards #

    Your ideas for toddler meals are great! I feel like we are in a food rut.
    Thank You!

  2. Jenn #

    Love it! My bug isn’t quite ready for packing lunches yet, but these are great idea for every day. I also drain the broth, she hasn’t mastered a spoon yet and it would be too messy.

  3. Oh, I love it! Posting this right now :)

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