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

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

Enjoy these yummy and simple recipes for toddler lunch ideas!

Honey, Almond Butter & Banana

  toddler lunch ideas peanut butter and banana sandwichSpread 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.

 

 

Pear & Avocado

toddler lunch ideas avocado pear toast 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. 

                                  

Tuna Pasta Salad

Mix whatever shaped cooked pasta you like with some mixed veggies. Once it’s clunch ideas for toddlers tuna saladooked 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!

 

 

Strawberry & Goat Cheese

toddler lunch ideas goat cheese and berry

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.

 

 Slice It Right

goldfish sandwichIf 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; grocery stores.  

 

Turkey Pinwheels 

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

 

 

Pita-Butter and Jelly

 strawberry and goat cheeseIf 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.

 

I Heart Turkey

toddler lunch ideas i love you turkey sandwichA 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.

Mini Pizzas

 english muffin pizzaThis 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.

Brunch for Lunch

 french toast brunchWho 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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