Easy Healthy Lunch Ideas For Toddlers


Easy Healthy Lunch Ideas for Toddlers? That’s a great question…and it’s one I wanted to write about for awhile now. But what makes easy healthy lunch ideas for toddlers different from all of the other articles out there.

Looking for easy healthy lunch ideas for toddlers? Toddlers can be notoriously picky about their food, so making them a healthy lunch is the perfect choice. Healthy doesn’t mean boring though: these easy toddler-friendly recipes are simple, nutritious and sure to be a hit with your little ones.

Easy Healthy Lunch Ideas For Toddlers

Toddler Lunch Equipment Needed

1. Bento Box Basically, “bento” is the Japanese word for a lunch box. Bentos are traditionally single-portion, prepared meals secured in boxed containers. The idea has moved to the West thanks to their compact and portable features. They can be stacked and come in various shapes and sizes, customizable to your appetite and what you plan to pack. I recently bought one from Ikea, but you can find bento boxes just about anywhere.

2. Yumbox Leak-proof and durable, Yumbox lunch boxes have taken the market by storm due to their ability to keep wet foods like hummus and fruit purees at bay with tight seals that keep the contents in place. Each Yumbox comes with multiple compartments to keep your meats, vegetables, fruits, and grains separate until lunchtime. Check out their website for various styles and sizes.

3. Food Picks And Forks To add a fun element to your toddler lunch box, consider fun little food picks and forks that you can use to quickly decorate any healthy toddler lunches. They come in so many designs, colors, and sizes that your choices are endless. You can find these anywhere online, such as Bento USA.

4. Sandwich Stamps At online retailers like Little Bento World, you can find a huge selection of cute sandwich stamps that will help you decorate your toddler lunches for picky eaters. Healthy toddler lunches can be distracted by interesting shapes and designs, so that your picky eater will dive into their food with ease.

5. Cookie Cutter If you don’t want to invest a fortune in sandwich stamps, you can use cookie cutters that you already have at home. Again, the designs are endless, making toddler lunch boxes a blast to open every day. You can also get creative and use cookie cutters on pitas, cheeses, fruits, and even puff pastries!

6. Silicone Baking Cups Additionally, baking cups are something to consider to pack with a toddler who can break them, lose them, or downright misuse them. With silicone baking cups, you can quickly turn any lunch boxes into a Yumbox and create your own compartments. They are easy to wash, durable enough to hold any little snacks, waterproofed to keep crackers from getting soaked by your fruits, and most importantly for kids, they come in many cute colors to choose from.

7. Good Paring Knife If you are a seasoned food decorator, a good and sharp paring knife goes a long way in creating those masterpiece bento boxes you see on Pinterest. From carving out grapes to slicing your sausages, paring knives will require occasional sharpening for upkeep and a safe place for storage.

Toddler Lunch Techniques

Yumbox and Bento boxes are typically very compact and small, which means that when it comes to toddler lunch ideas, you must get creative in how you pack your foods. Here are some basic techniques to keep in mind when choosing food and how you’ll package it.

1. Rolling Up Foods Just like packing a suitcase, rolling up items will give you maximum space for your toddler lunch ideas without squishing the contents. Think of flat food items that you can roll up together to make little pinwheels, which you can package into your Yumbox or bento box.

2. Making Everything Neat And Tidy You get a lot more room for packing your food when you line everything up neatly and orderly. If apple slices and carrot sticks are strewn across your toddler’s lunch box, this will give you minimal room for other items.

3. Cutting Them Into Shapes It is always more fun when food is in different shapes for your toddler’s lunches. Their curiosity for the cute shapes and different sizes may entice them to pick up the food items and try them.

4. Make Them Tiny Compacting your items is key, as you want to be able to fit as many varieties of foods as you can into your healthy toddler lunches. The small sizes also make it simple for your toddler to self-feed with finger foods and other easy toddler lunch ideas.

Super-Simple And Healthy Toddler Lunch Idea

So easy to assemble: Monterey Jack cheese, oranges, cucumber slices, strawberries, and organic crackers.

Turkey Meatball Toddler Lunch

Turkey Meatball Toddler Lunch

Turkey Meatball Cold Lunch Idea

You’ll need homemade, no-reheat turkey meatballs by Hilah Cooking, zucchini muffins by Super Healthy Kids, and a selection of cheese, fruits, and vegetables.

Ham And Swiss Waffles Toddler Lunch

Ham And Swiss Waffles Toddler Lunch

 Southern Ham And Swiss Waffles

So tasty! These are ham-and-cheese waffle sandwiches by Southern Bite, accompanied by strawberries and sliced cucumbers.

Work Of Art Toddler Lunch

Work Of Art Toddler Lunch

Toddler Lunch Work Of Art

A lunch composed of homemade organic spinach tortillas with herbed turkey, Muenster cheese, and mayo as the leaves; pretzel sticks for the trunk; and basil for the grass. Caprese pesto salad with feta, star fruit, and chocolate coins round out the meal.

Homemade Uncrustables Toddler Lunch

Homemade Uncrustables Toddler Lunch

Homemade Uncrustables Yumbox

Carrots and snap peas, popcorn, homemade Uncrustables by Mrs. Happy Homemaker, strawberries and half a cereal bar — now that’s the making of a great lunch!

Bit Of Everything Toddler Lunch

Bit Of Everything Toddler Lunch

“A Bit Of Everything” Toddler Lunch Box Idea

Love the way she shows us what tools she used to make this toddler lunch box idea: Pretzels, popcorn, apple slices, heart-shaped sandwiches, tomatoes, cheese strings, and fruit squeeze.

Puzzle Toddler Lunch

Puzzle Toddler Lunch

Fun Bread Puzzle Lunch Box Idea For Toddlers

Here’s a gluten-free bread puzzle sandwich made with a puzzle-bread cutter from Amazon, plum, tomatoes, blueberries, and grapes.

Sushi Bento Box Toddler Lunch

Sushi Bento Box Toddler Lunch

Sushi Bento Box Idea

The spotlight falls on tuna and avocado sushi by She Knows (with soy sauce), seaweed rice crackers with cheese, organic dried peach, blueberries, chocolate peanut butter zucchini muffin by Kudos Kitchen by Renee, and cucumber and red capsicum sticks.

Peanut Free Toddler Lunch Yumbox

Peanut Free Toddler Lunch Yumbox

. Peanut-Free Yumbox

Avoid allergens with banana and sunbutter sushi by Peanutallergy.com. It has grape jelly for dipping, apple slices, and plums.

Healthy School Bento Box Toddler Lunch

Healthy School Bento Box Toddler Lunch

Healthy School Lunch Idea

Whip this up with a hard-boiled egg, raspberries filled with chocolate drops, a fruit bar, cashews, corn-off-the-cob, picks with black olives, leberkäse (a German sausage), and tortilla rollups with butter, Parmesan and hemp seeds. Add a squeeze drink made from a coconut milk and banana smoothie.

Beef And Carrot Sushi Toddler Lunch

Beef And Carrot Sushi Toddler Lunch

 Beef-And-Carrot Sushi

A lunch made with sushi (egg, three colorful carrots, marinated beef), strawberries, green and red apples, blueberries.

Spaghetti Toddler Lunch

Spaghetti Toddler Lunch

Easy toddler lunch ideas

Sweetcorn & spinach fritters

Sweetcorn & spinach fritters

These healthy sweetcorn and spinach fritters are packed with vitamin C from the vegetables, plus protein from the egg. They make great finger foods for baby-led weaning. Freeze a big batch to get ahead for weeks to come.

Salmon fish fingers with chunky chips

Salmon fish fingers with chunky chips

What’s better than fish and chips for a filling lunch? This salmon recipe is perfect for toddlers, packed with omega-3. You could double-up this simple recipe and freeze the extras for future lunches.

Mini egg & veg muffins

Egg muffins

Make a batch of these mini egg and vegetable muffins for a lunch that’s sure to satisfy little ones. Pack in three of your kid’s five-a-day with courgette, carrots and peas. Simply combine the vegetables with egg and feta and bake in the oven.

Mild split pea & spinach dhal

Split pea dahl

This healthy dhal recipe is a great introduction to mild curry flavours and spices. It’s packed with nutritious spinach and yellow split peas. This is another great option for batch cooking and freezing.

Cauliflower cheese cakes

Cauliflower cakes

These clever cauliflower cakes are a great way to get kids eating extra veg. Simply steam the cauliflower then blitz in a food processor with breadcrumbs, grated cheddar, an egg and a few chives. Shape into patties and bake until crispy.

 Lunch Ideas Your Toddler Will Love

Whether it’s for a quick and easy lunch at home, or for a daycare or preschool lunch box, get your creative juices flowing with these ideas:

  1. Italian pasta salad: Cooked penne tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, sliced cherry tomatoes, and diced mozzarella cheese

  2. Egg salad: Hard boiled eggs mashed with mayonnaise and served with whole-grain crackers, bell pepper strips, and apple slices for dessert

  3. Zucchini fritters: Grated zucchini mixed with an egg and a spoonful of flour, shaped into mini pancakes and pan-fried in vegetable oil, served with sour cream

  4. Chicken and applesauce: Fried or baked chicken tenders with store-bought single-serve unsweetened applesauce and cubed cheddar

  5. Eggs in purgatory: Eggs poached in canned or fresh tomato sauce with chickpeas and baby spinach and served with whole-wheat bread or toast

  6. Waldorf chicken salad: Diced grilled chicken with diced green apple, diced celery, and sliced red or green grapes mixed with mayonnaise and served with whole-grain crackers

  7. Hoppin’ John: Diced ham steak with canned black-eyed peas, cooked long-grain white rice, and diced green bell pepper

  8. Cold lunch plate: Hard boiled eggs with cucumber sticks, and plain whole milk Greek yogurt with fresh blueberries for dessert

  9. Black bean guacamole: Canned black beans mixed with diced avocado, shredded Monterey Jack cheese, diced tomato, and chopped chives

  10. PB & banana sandwich: Whole-wheat bread spread with creamy peanut butter and half a sliced banana, served with a peeled, seedless mandarin or clementine for dessert

  11. Bagel and “lox”: Whole-wheat mini bagel spread with cream cheese and topped with sliced tomatoes so it looks like lox

  12. Mexican pizza: Brown rice cake spread with guacamole and topped with grated Monterey Jack cheese and diced tomato

  13. Mini sloppy joe: Ground beef cooked with chopped vegetables (onion, tomato, carrot, and celery), spooned onto a bread roll and topped with grated cheddar

  14. Ham and cheese roll-up: Soft 8-inch tortilla wrap lined with sliced Virginia ham, sliced Muenster cheese, and romaine lettuce, rolled up and cut into four pieces

  15. Hummus and veggies: Store-bought single-serve hummus pack with a whole-wheat pita cut into strips and mini cucumbers or sliced cucumber for dipping

  16. Tuna sandwich: Canned tuna mixed with mayonnaise on whole wheat bread with baby spinach

  17. Cheese and crackers: Cubes of cheddar, whole-grain crackers, sliced cucumber, and sliced grapes

  18. Mini omelet: Egg omelet cooked with baby spinach, grated mozzarella, and sliced mushrooms (if your toddler will eat mushrooms!)

  19. Decosntructed BLT: Cooked lean pork or turkey bacon with sliced cherry tomatoes, iceberg lettuce, and whole-wheat toast cut into star or heart shapes, and mayonnaise for dipping

  20. Savory muffin: Oat flour muffin with chopped carrots and broccoli mixed into the batter before baking, served with cream cheese

  21. Macaroni and peas: Cooked elbow macaroni with cooked peas and cooked diced sweet potato

  22. Meatball slider: Sliced, cooked meatballs layered on a bread roll with tomato sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese

  23. Chicken peperonata: Diced chicken breast and sliced bell peppers in different colors, sauteed in a little olive oil, served over pasta or rice

  24. Southwestern pizzas: Top 6-inch corn tortillas with shredded Monterey Jack cheese, diced tomatoes, and chopped bell peppers; bake in the oven until the cheese melts

  25. Cottage cheese with fruit: Cottage cheese with diced apple or pear, diced plums or pineapple, and sliced grapes

  26. Tropical chicken and rice: Diced grilled chicken with jasmine coconut rice topped with diced mango, diced kiwi, and diced red bell pepper

  27. Dippers plate: Chicken fingers and pretzels with mustard for dipping, and a dessert of sliced strawberries with yogurt for dipping

  28. Buttered twisty pasta: Corkscrew (fusilli) pasta with melted butter and grated Parmesan cheese

  29. Buddha bowl: Quinoa with steamed soy beans (edamame), cubed and roasted butternut squash, and diced red bell pepper

  30. Mini pizza: Mini whole-wheat pita (or an English muffin split in half) spread with pizza sauce and shredded mozzarella, baked until the cheese melts.

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