Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Lunch Ideas for Your Toddler

    Lunch ideas for a toddler aren't quite as difficult to figure out as breakfast ideas, but still as parents we need help coming up with new items to put on the menu. It's doubly difficult to come up with ideas if you are trying to find healthier options! Make sure you check out this other article I wrote with breakfast ideas

     This first picture shows what I typically give my daughter for her lunch. 
  • 1/2 slice of Van's gluten free waffle . I usually buy either blueberry or original of this brand. These waffles have such healthy ingredients and as a plus, they are gluten free. Yes Toddler P. can eat gluten, but I still like giving her a variety of foods. 
  • A whole strawberry cut in pieces.
  • Several grapes, cut in half. 
  • 2 to 3 plum pieces.
  • 2 apple slices.
  • A slice of a whole wheat bagel with peanut butter. 
    This option is very similar except with a few differences. 
  • 1/2 a slice of whole wheat bread cut in half and toasted. 1 slice has apple butter spread and the other slice has peanut butter.
  • 2 plum pieces.
  • 2 apple pieces.
  • Several grapes.
  • 1/2 a waffle.
    A few other ideas Toddler Picturesque loves that you could add to the menu could be:
  • Tuna mixed with mayo lightly spread on half a piece of lightly toasted whole wheat bread.
  • Jam spread on 1/2 piece of lightly toasted whole wheat bread. 
  • Pasta.
  • Rice.
    What does your toddler like to eat?  

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  1. Oh I love the waffle idea. I have such a hard time getting my 2 year old to eat anything but crackers and hummus.

    1. Ack I can relate Lindsey! I hope this helped! Thanks for the comment

  2. This is really helpful! Recently I have been feeling like we were in a rut, and I love the idea of frozen waffles!

    1. Thanks for the comment Karin. I do hope this helped!

  3. love love love those Van's Gluten-Free Waffles! (now if they would only come out with a low-sodium version :D )

  4. Great, healthy ideas! My toddler is mixed with older kids too so he pretty much just eats what everyone else does but for lunch my kids always prefer variety like your lunches provide, rather than just soup or a sandwich. Thanks for the ideas!

  5. Great ideas! My little guy and I eat family style a lot where I put fruit and veggies in bowls that we both eat out of. It's really helped get him to eat more nutritious food. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us! :)

    1. Thanks for your comment Kelsey! That's such a great idea!

  6. I like this as an option occasionally, but our struggle is not with carbs or fruit, it's with protein/meat and veggies! Any tips? Thanks.

    1. Thanks for the comment Bree and sorry for the delay! I too struggle with getting Toddler Picturesque to try new foods... especially proteins/veggies. But I recently took a poll from other parents and found their responses helpful: Also Dr. Sears has a helpful article as well:


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