Posted in Food & Cooking, Preschoolers

Needing ideas for my toddler's lunches at preschool, preferably that don't need to be heated. He's terrible at finishing his food without us there monitoring and keeping him focused so I'm hoping there will be some things out there appealing enough for him to finish on his own.

  • Anne
    Feb 13, 2018

    I usually give 3 options in lunch and expect him to finish 2. So 3 containers, one with some kind of fruit, one with crackers, and one with some kind of protein that I know he likes (cheese sticks, deli meat, cubed tofu, hot dog, etc). I also sometimes include a kid's protein shake "chocolate milk" or a kid's clif bar which also has protein in it. You might also be able to enlist your preschool's help — they should have a lunch monitor who can check in on him once and make sure he's eating.

  • Kay
    Feb 13, 2018

    I pack a bento box for my 3yo every morning (Bentgo Kids lunch box from Amazon). I fill the biggest container with plain pasta, a sandwich with creamcheese, cheese and ham or pb&j or chicken nuggets, the others with 1 or 2 portion of fruits(berries, mandarins, melons, grapes), boiled eggs (she likes quail eggs), cucumber or olives (or some other veggies). I save the middle one for some treats (dried cranberries, a couple of chocolate covered raisins or gummy bunnies) that she knows she has to keep for last. Sometimes I also add a string cheese and/or an apple sauce pouch to the lunch bag in case she gets hungry in the afternoon. She's super eager to announce that she ate everything the second she sees me.

  • Sydney
    Feb 13, 2018

    I use mind over munch on YouTube for inspiration

  • Sara
    Feb 13, 2018

    Some options (I usually pack at least 3 things): -PB&J (if nuts are allowed, if not then sunbutter is a good substitute) -cheese stick or cheese cubes -cut up fruit (e.g. apple slices, strawberries, pear slices) -raw veggies (carrot sticks, cucumber slices) with guacamole or hummus dip if your kid is into that -cold chicken nuggets (I cook them in the morning and then store them in the lunch bag with an ice pack and my daughter will eat them cold) -cold pasta mixed with butter and parmesan cheese

  • Amy
    Feb 14, 2018

    My toddler wasn’t eating his lunch at preschool ( was too much he would rather be doing) so I now cut his sandwiches into dinosaurs using sandwich shapes I found on amazon. Now he is more interested.