I was inspired a few weeks ago by Mandy from 'My Lovely Little Nest' on Facebook's Toddler Lunches, and have been trying to ensure Miss M lunches now have a good variety from each food group for each meal (but especially lunch and dinner). I am definitely not a nutritionist and just wanted to share with you what my almost 20-month old has been eating lately and maybe give you some ideas! Mind you, she is still quite picky and not all of the food shown gets eaten! Hopefully the more she is exposed to a range of healthy foods, the more she will enjoy them!
I don't have any fancy lunchboxes (I do love the look of them but already have so many containers and Tupperware!) but here they are!
1: Above we have capsicum, carrot sticks, cheese sticks, cucumber, Veggie chips, wholegrain crackers, kiwi fruit, grapes, snow peas and a sweet potato dip.
2: Above is a peanut butter sandwich, diced cheese, corn kernels, snow peas, tomato, kiwi fruit, sultanas, apricots and a yoghurt.
3: Strawberries, pretzels, carrot sticks, corn kernels, cherry tomatoes, fish fingers and a banana.
4: Yoghurt, vegemite sandwich cut into a flower shape, snow peas, popcorn, cherry tomatoes, apricots, sultanas and tinned peaches.
5: Lastly, a yoghurt, mandarin, pear, corn cake (rice cake) with peanut butter, pretzels chicken bites & brown rice, carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes and diced cheese.
I always only offer Miss M water to drink as well, and she has a cup of milk with her breakfast.
Here are some other ideas!
- Milk (can add milo)
- Cheese (diced, grated, cheese sticks)
- Rice cakes
- Wholegrain crackers
- Homemade savoury quiches/muffins
- Homemade baked goods
- Air popped popcorn
- Soy crisps
- Veggie chips
- Lean meats & fish (leftovers)
- Nuts/trail mix
- Baked beans
- Beans and legumes
- Boiled egg
- Banana, apple, pear, mandarine, oranges, strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, grapes etc
- Dried fruits (sultanas, apricots, apples)
- Tinned peaches/pears etc
- Cooked veggies (carrot, corn, peas, pumpkin, potato, sweet potato, broccoli, beans, snow peas etc)
- Raw/uncooked veggies (carrot sticks, snow peas, beans, tinned corn, celery, tomatoes, capsicum, cucumber etc)
- Hidden veggies in savoury muffins/quiche etc
There are some fantastic websites that provide lots of toddler-friendly recipes too!
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