Toddler Meal Ideas
I’m NOT an expert when it comes to making toddler meals, but I am two kids in and working on eating with #3. What we feed our children has come a long way from the 80’s when frozen chicken nuggets, mac n cheese, and applesauce were king. A lot of this change is simply from the passing of time which hopefully brings knowledge…the idea of when we know better, we do better. It’s also from folks obsession with taking pictures of food and placing it on social media. And partly from the “real food” revolution (paleo, whole30, etc.). Now I won’t pretend to be a person who has ever done whole30, and my kids get churros at Costco….but day in and day out we find balance with meals like these below. So if you are in a rut of PB&J and a fruit cup, here are some simple breakfast and lunch ideas from an average mom doing the best she can!
I think it’s important to always have some good protein at breakfast time. We traditionally think meat, but protein is found in cottage cheese, greek yogurt, and eggs too! Costco has great prices on organic greek yogurt, organic eggs & organic raw honey. And the Kirkland brand organic maple syrup is AMAZING. I didn’t put cereal among my ideas, but I do let them have it on Thursdays. They don’t go to preschool on Thursdays so I don’t have to worry about them getting hungry and bugging their teachers at 9:00am. They bug me for a snack instead :)
Cottage Cheese | Banana Muffin | Clementines
Plain Oatmeal (sweetened with honey) | Applegate Sausage | Blueberries and Clementines
Whole Wheat Waffle | Scrambled Eggs | Cheddar Cheese
Plain Oatmeal (sweetened with honey) | Pears | Homemade Granola
Cottage Cheese on Toast | Scrambled Eggs | Clementines
Plain Greek Yogurt with Granola & Blueberries | Whole Wheat Waffle with Real Maple Syrup
Deli Everroast Chicken | Cheese Slice | Pears | Green Beans | Sweet Potatoes
Chicken & Cheese Quesadilla Rolls | Veggie Straws | Blueberries
Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas | Berry Medley | Veggie Straws
Veggie Muffins | Grapes | Cucumber Sandwiches (with hummus)
Grilled Ham & Cheese | Apples | Avocado
Gorton’s Panko Fish Sticks | Apple Sauce | String Cheese | Carrots
PB&J Squares | Avocado | Veggie Straws
Veggie Muffin | Cheese Squares | Grapes | Raisins
Deli Turkey | Raspberries | String Cheese | Avocado
Grilled Chicken and Cheese | Apples | Hummus & Shredded Carrots
Ham Rolls | Veggie Muffin | Cheese Slices | Hummus & Peas
My kids LOVE hummus so I like to mix in all kinds of veggies. They also like dipping carrots and cucumbers in hummus. Costco has some yummy veggie muffins if you aren’t up for making your own. They are in the refrigerated section. We also eat a lot of dinner leftovers for lunch. The plates and bowls are from IKEA. We have two sets and use them constantly!
So what are your go to breakfast and lunch ideas? Do you find yourself in a rut? Try mixing things up a little bit!