If you’re having trouble getting your toddler to eat lunch, you’re not alone. Making meals fun is one of the best ways to convince kids that eating healthy is fun and exciting. Putting together a lunch tray with their favorite foods is a great way to start. There are many nutritious foods toddlers love, such as sweet potatoes, green beans, brown rice and lots of fruits and vegetables.
One of the best ways to get your toddler excited about eating lunch is to put together a snack tray. This tray should contain healthy snacks and their favorite foods. For example, baked beans make a great quick lunch. They are loaded with protein and can be served with cucumbers with cream cheese, cooked carrots, and raspberries. If you want to add a little extra fun to the lunch tray, use a fun divider plate, such as the one made by EZPZ.
Chicken broccoli pasta casserole
This healthy toddler lunch is made with a creamy, cheesy chicken broccoli pasta casserole. You can use any type of pasta to make this meal. It can also be made with dairy-free milk and a cheese alternative like nutritional yeast. Instead of draining the noodles, you can add cheese and broccoli to the casserole before baking it. This meal can be made in less than 30 minutes.
You can also use leftover roast chicken or vegan meat substitutes. Broccoli pasta casserole keeps well in the fridge for several days. If you don’t have time to make the meal at the last minute, you can prepare it the day before and keep it in the fridge. It can also be frozen for a few months. Then, when your toddler is ready to eat it, just bake it according to the recipe. To keep it fresh longer, cover the casserole with plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
When preparing a toddler’s lunch, a simple recipe for Mini Meatballs is a great option. You can make these meatballs with beef mince and vegetables and freeze them for up to 2 months. Then, when your child is hungry, all you have to do is reheat them in the microwave or oven.
Ground beef or pork mince can be used for this recipe. You can also use ground veal or pork. Combine the two ingredients in a food processor. Once the meatball mixture is smooth and evenly mixed, add the onion, bread crumbs, milk, and Parmesan. Stir until combined and cook in the oven for about 10 minutes. Serve with sauce or leftovers.
Cream cheese fruit crackers
Cream cheese fruit crackers are a great way to add a healthy, sweet treat to your toddler’s lunch. Simply spread cream cheese over a cracker and add a small amount of jam or fruit. If you want to add a little extra sweetness, add a ring of apple with cinnamon or a flower shaped vegetable cutter.
Crackers are universally appealing to toddlers and many varieties contain nutritious ingredients. Whole grain crackers, such as Wheat Thins or Triscuits Thin Crisps, are great options. You can also add hummus or nut butter to make a delicious snack.
Depending on your toddler’s preference, you can even include a non-dairy milk alternative such as Ripple, which is high in protein. Lastly, you can pack homemade
yogurt and a small ice pack.
Making a tofu scramble for your toddler’s lunch is a super easy and healthy lunch idea. Extra firm tofu will crumble easily into toothsome curds. Tofu contains a watery component, so make sure to drain it before using. To make the tofu scramble more flavourful, add soy sauce for an umami hit and a salty finish. If you’re trying to keep your toddler’s sodium intake under control, you can substitute ‘lite’ soy sauce or coconut aminos.
You can also add nutritional yeast, onion powder, or garlic powder to give the tofu scramble an extra savory flavor. Turmeric adds color to the tofu and black salt (kala namak) contains a unique sulfur content. Tofu scrambles can also be flavored with shredded vegan cheese or sauteed vegetables.
Turkey and cheese wrap
Packing a turkey and cheese wrap for a toddler lunch is easy, and it’s healthy. This sandwich is made with whole wheat tortillas, turkey, hummus, and shredded carrots. It can be made ahead of time, and the best part is that you can even make it the night before!
A turkey and cheese wrap is a fun twist on the classic grilled cheese. This wrap can be cut into cheesy pinwheels or enjoyed as a sandwich burrito.
What Can I Make My Toddler For Lunch? Result
Your own creativity will also play a role in making healthy lunches for your toddler. The best way to please picky eaters is to make sure you offer them a wide range of foods. Your toddler may like trying new foods, but do not force them to eat, as forcing them will only make them more picky in the future.