Friday, August 1, 2014

Ten (Quick and Easy) Toddler Lunch Ideas

Emma Ramey will be starting school this upcoming fall...and I have to admit, I'm having a blast with it!  Buying backpacks, planning after-school treats, thinking about her school lunches - it's all just so much fun to me.

I've been on the lookout for things that are going to make both of our lives easier come fall.  A couple of weeks ago, I found a really cool lunch divider that is going to let me make the perfect sized lunches for her.  So, I've been a lunch-planning machine!  Here are a few ideas I've had for toddler lunches...

(Of course, consult your pediatrician if you're unsure of whether or not your child is ready for any of these foods.  Some foods listed might need modifications (like cutting or mashing) to prevent choking hazard.  Some pictured might be more appropriate for older toddlers...again, consult your doctor if you're unsure.  And always check with your school for any allergies before sending these foods!)
Ten (Quick and Easy) Toddler School Lunch Ideas

1.  Dried cranberries, potato chips, crackers, cheddar cheese, Del Monte Strawberry Fruit Burst Squeezer

2.  "Toddler Trail Mix" (cereal, raisins, nuts*), popcorn, strawberries/bananas mixed with vanilla yogurt

3.  Turkey and cheese sandwich, broccoli and carrots with ranch dressing, apple

4.  Grape tomatoes mixed with mozzarella cheese and Italian dressing, mixed nuts*, Del Monte Pineapple Coconut Fruit Cup

5.  Leftover rotisserie chicken, fish crackers, grapes (cut in half vertically), Greek yogurt in a snack pouch

Ten (Quick and Easy) Toddler School Lunch Ideas

6.  Banana, peanut butter* cracker sandwiches, sliced cheese, raisins

7.  "Ants on a log" (celery topped with peanut butter* and raisins), potato chips, Del Monte Fruit & Veggie Peach Mango Squeezer

8.  Baby carrots, peanut butter* and jelly sandwich (in a fun, familiar mouse shape), mouse-shaped cheese, blueberries

9.  Salad day - Pasta/tomato salad, honeydew/strawberry salad (tossed in orange juice)

10.  Ham pinwheels (spread veggie cream cheese on a tortilla, layer ham on top, roll up and slice), broccoli with ranch, Del Monte Strawberry Fruit Burst Squeezer

Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers and Fruit Cup products are definitely going to make lunch planning easy too!  These are such a convenient way to add 1 1/2 servings of fruits and vegetables to your child's lunchbox or afternoon snack.  These have no high-fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors, are gluten free, and provide a great source of Vitamin C.  And even the Fruit Burst Squeezers that include veggies have a fruit-forward flavor! Check out my Lunch/Snack Inspiration Board for even more ideas!

You can find out more information about Del Monte products on their Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest accounts - there's even a great board for lunch inspiration!

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*Please consult with your doctor before giving your children any nuts or nut products.  Also ensure your child's school allows nut products before sending in a lunch.