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Toddler Lunch Ideas

Updated: Jun 26, 2023

New toddler lunch ideas for sandwiches, wraps, mini-pizzas, and more tasty lunch recipes for kids

Adapted from by Jennifer Saltiel, Stephanie Eckelkamp, and Kelly Ladd Sanchez

Enjoy these yummy and simple recipes for toddler lunch ideas!

toddler lunch ideas peanut butter and banana sandwich

Honey, Almond Butter & Banana

Spread 2 slices of whole-wheat bread with almond butter or peanut butter. Top 1 bread slice with a drizzle of honey (for kids 1 and up) and a layer of banana slices. Cover with the other slice, butter side down.

toddler lunch ideas avocado pear toast

Pear & Avocado

Another toddler lunch idea is pear & avocado toast. Mash 1/2 ripe avocado in a bowl. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread the avocado evenly on 2 slices of sourdough bread. Add a layer of thinly sliced Bosc or Asian pear to 1 bread slice. Cover with the other slice and press gently to adhere. Swap in pomegranate seeds for the pear, if you like.

lunch ideas for toddlers tuna salad

Tuna Pasta Salad

Mix whatever shaped cooked pasta you like with some mixed veggies. Once it’s cooked mix in some tinned tuna or other fish, a drizzle of olive oil and some dried oregano – serve it hot or cold. Delicious and so simple!

toddler lunch ideas goat cheese and berry

Strawberry & Goat Cheese

For this toddler lunch idea split an English muffin and lightly toast the halves. Spread each half with softened goat cheese or plain whipped cream cheese. Top with a thin layer of strawberry jam, followed by a layer of thin strawberry slices. Place the top half of the muffin over the bottom half and press gently.

goldfish sandwich

Slice It Right

If it seems like that sandwich you packed in the morning makes a soggy return uneaten in the afternoon, swap in Pepperidge Farm Goldfish—shaped bread. It’ll remind him of a familiar snack and get him to eat up. $3 to $4; at grocery stores.

toddler lunch ideas turkey pinwheels

Turkey Pinwheels 

Spread a dollop of store-bought hummus on a whole-wheat tortilla, then layers a slice of turkey and some spinach leaves. Roll up and cut.

 strawberry and goat cheese

Pita-Butter and Jelly

If your child’s main food staple is PB&J, but peanut butter is a no-no at her school, here’s a peanut-free option. Substitute butter or cream cheese in for peanut butter and spread on whole-wheat pita bread. Top with jelly, or if she loves apple pie, try cinnamony apple butter.

toddler lunch ideas i love you turkey sandwich

I Heart Turkey

A plain ol’ turkey sandwich gets a little love with this Thanksgiving-inspired, heart-shaped version. (Kid not a heart-lover? Stars or dinosaur shapes work, too.) Spread a thin layer of cranberry sauce on two pieces of whole wheat bread. Layer two slices of roasted turkey breast and sliced cheese. Use a cookie cutter to cut the sandwich into the shape of a heart.

 english muffin pizza

Mini Pizzas

This kid favorite gets a healthy makeover to fuel your child’s busy body all day long. Make these the night before to save time in the morning. Top English muffin halves with jarred marinara sauce (if your child won’t object, add chopped steamed broccoli or spinach to the sauce.) Sprinkle pre-shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes. Let cool, then wrap up.

 french toast brunch

Brunch for Lunch

Who says French toast and eggs are just for breakfast? This traditional morning meal makes a power-packed lunch. Feel free to make these the night before. French toast cinnamon sticks: Add pureed squash or sweet potatoes to an egg-milk batter for an extra boost of beta-carotene. Cook French toast and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture. Let cool and slice into sticks for an easy-to-eat fork-free option.

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