Coming up with toddler preschool lunch ideas can be SUCH a challenge and I am NO stranger to this! BUT, now that both our kids are in school full-time I can happily say I think I’ve got it figured out!
Today I wanted to share some of my seriously easy, quick and nutritious toddler preschool lunch ideas… because if your kids are like mine it’s hard to get them to eat…..pretty much anything.
Luckily, our kids enjoy a pretty wide variety of fruits (can’t say the same about vegetables…sigh) but clearly they need to eat more then just fruit! I’m going to share with you my list of some of the easy and yummy things you can put in your toddlers lunches to keep them healthy AND happy. One of these includes their latest favorite snack: Happy Family Happy Tot Yogurt.
As a fitness professional and health food lover myself I’m always looking for easy ways to sneak something nutritious into our kids meals. Happy Tot Yogurt is not only nutritious but my kids apparently find it delicious, too. This entire week I’ve been able to hide my sons antibiotic in it LOL. (BTW – Why must they make toddler antibiotics taste so horrific?!)
My kids have always been big fans of yogurt but honestly the amount of sugar in so many of them is insane. I’ve seen some varieties with as much as 29g of sugar PER SERVING! Yikes. Having no added sugar is one of the best things about Happy Tot Yogurt. I also love products that are easily used on the go. I always throw one of these in my bag when we’re running out the door and I never have to worry about it spilling all over.
Whenever I choose a yogurt for the kids I always read the nutrition label and make sure there are no added sugars as well as words I can’t pronounce (or don’t know what they are). I try to keep it organic and I also try to aim for yogurts that have a bonus ingredient in them like a vegetable or a fruit. Happy Tot Yogurt products use organic fruits, vegetables, grains and vitamins so I know they’re getting plenty of nutrients.
Not only that – but they’re also organic, made without toxic pesticides, artificial flavors, colors and sweeteners AND they’re non-GMO.
When putting the kids snacks/lunches together I like to include a few different things so that they have a choice. I find this works best when they get to decide for themselves! If I give them turkey and cheese roll ups I’ll also give them a fruit and another snack. They don’t always eat everything but generally when they have the choice they tend to eat more anyway. Below is my list of the foods we use almost daily in their snacks and lunches PLUS some I wish my kids would eat 🙂
Toddler Preschool Lunch Ideas
- Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, grapes, peaches, bananas, blackberries, raisins, watermelon, pears, apples, melon, cantaloupe, peaches, etc.
- Happy Tot Yogurt (Coupon!)
- Cheese Sticks
- Almonds or mixed nuts
- Smoothies (milk, yogurt, chia seeds, beets, spinach, etc.)
- Hard Boiled Egg
- Sliced Veggies
- Peppers, Carrots, Peas, String beans, cherry tomatos, corn, butternut squash, etc.
- Homemade Granola
- turkey and Cheese roll ups
- quesadillas with lean meat & cheese
- hummus with crackers and/or veggies
- whole wheat pasta with olive oil/butter & a sprinkle of parmesan cheese
- tuna with celery on whole wheat bread or pita pocket
- grilled cheese & tomato on multi-grain bread
- chicken noodle soup
- chicken or turkey burger with cheese
- grilled chicken & cucumbers
- rice & beans with avocado
- homemade mini pizzas with a veggie topping
- mac and cheese with peas
- sun Butter & Fruit Preserves Spread on Whole Wheat Bread
- stir fry vegetables with lean beef
- whole grain pancakes with chocolate chips, side of maple syrup
- chicken sausage & green beans
There are so many easy combinations to put together for preschool lunch ideas but these are just a few go-to’s with items that most people already have in their fridge/pantry.
Do you have any preschool lunch ideas that work for you? I’m always looking for new ideas!
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