There are a few tricks we moms have to master for sheer survival. For toddler moms, it’s having an arsenal of toddler lunch ideas at the ready.
When my children became hungry when they were toddlers, it meant meltdown city. Even now, they get what I call “hangry” (angry + mad) when they haven’t eaten in a while. (To be fair, hanger strikes me, too!) Moms of toddlers know that having the right lunch or snacks on hand to stave off a hunger-related meltdown can make or break your day. Moms also know that kids this age can be picky eaters, which can make packing toddler lunches extra tricky. You need quick and simple meals you can whip up on busy mornings, yet the kids need nutritious food to keep them healthy.
To help ease your toddler lunch stress, I’ve rounded up 15 toddler lunch ideas that you can send to daycare, or take with you wherever you and your little go. These genius toddler lunch ideas will make you feel like Super-Mom, while also ensuring your mini gets the nutrition she needs. I’ve found some really creative ways to present foods in a way that not even picky eaters will be able to resist them (think: food on sticks, sandwiches cut into cute shapes, and hidden veggies).
And even though these toddler lunch recipes are totally Pinterest-worthy, they’re surprisingly fast and easy to prep—which good news for procrastinators like myself. Plus, most of these lunches can be modified for your kid’s taste or food sensitivities, and you don’t need a fancy lunch or bento box to make them work.
There’s plenty to stress about during the toddler years, but coming up with appealing toddler lunch ideas doesn’t have to be one of them. Flip through these 15 brilliant toddler lunchbox ideas and consider lunch conquered.