23 Toddler Lunch Ideas for When You’re on the Go

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Life doesn’t slow down just because kids need to eat; these toddler lunch ideas can keep up

If you’re trying to meal-plan for your toddler whose social life (or siblings’ sports schedules) translates to lunch in the fast lane, you have a few things going for you. Toddlers don’t eat that much—even on a good day—so you have room to pack a couple of choices. Plus, they tend to be distracted (translation: less picky). The next time you need to pack a quick bite, try one of our favorite healthy (and just plain enticing) toddler lunch ideas.

Savory Toddler Lunch Ideas

  • Quesadilla: Portable, handheld, and generally liked by all, the quesadilla is the king of the
    toddler lunch on the road.
  • Toddler Portion of Leftovers (plus wipes): Forget about being clean. Just get them fed.
  • Hard Boiled Egg & Sesame (provided there’s no allergy) Bagel: For the pickier eaters, try plain instead.
  • Whole Avocados: Just remember to bring a bread knife to cut it in half, then hand the
    unseeded side to your toddler with a kiddie spoon.
  • Kid-cuterie: Guess what you get when you unpack a Ziploc bag with a protein, a dairy,
    fruit, and vegetable onto a paper plate? That’s right. A kid-cuterie. Throw in a small
    container of hummus or ranch and you’ve got two tickets to paradise.
  • Roly-Poly: Cream cheese and turkey rolled into a tortilla.
  • Deconstructed Sandwiches on a Stick: For your older toddlers, skewer rolls of deli meat,
    mini tomatoes, chunks of bagels or whole-grain bread, and cubes of cheese.

Related: 5 Amazing Toddler Charcuterie Board Ideas 

Sweet Options

  • Peanut Butter & Anything: For toddlers who’ve cleared the peanut allergy test, this gold-
    standard of child-rearing nutrition won’t fall apart and packs a protein-filled punch. Instead of jelly, try adding mini marshmallows or sliced bananas to keep it fresh. Or, simply allow a frozen Uncrustable that will thaw in your bag to do the work for you.
  • Apple Sticks Wrapped in Deli Turkey
  • Nutella & Strawberry Roly-Poly
  • Peanut Butter & Banana Roly-Poly: Don’t slice the banana! Spread peanut butter on the
    tortilla and wrap that thing up whole.
  • Yogurt Dip & Graham Crackers with chopped fruit: Freeze this healthy treat and pull it out before you leave. Serve with strawberries, apples, or even bananas.
  • No-Bake Energy Bites: Made with peanut butter, chocolate, old-fashioned oats, and chia seeds, your toddler will get tons of nutrition in one tasty nibble.

Ideas That Sneak in Healthy Foods

  • Cucumber & Cream Cheese Crustless Sandwiches: Your mother had them at her baby
    shower and you can bet your toddler will love the cream cheese paired with the salty
    crunch of the cuke.
  • Garbanzo Beans & Halved Cherry Tomatoes: Squeeze some lemon and sprinkle some
    salt on this easy finger food.
  • Thawed Frozen Veggies & a Cheese Stick
  • Frozen Pre-Made Smoothies: Freeze these in advance and they’ll thaw out just in time for
    lunch on the go.
  • Shelled Edamame & Pasta: Add a splash of soy and sesame oil for the adventurous
  • Hummus & Pretzel Chips: Throw in a few slices of bell pepper for a vitamin C boost.

Related: 31 Super Easy Ideas for Toddler Dinners (That Aren’t Buttered Noodles)

Last-Ditch Toddler Lunch Ideas

  • Grilled Cheese Sandwiches: Prep these crowd-pleasers the night before and keep them in
    the fridge for portable possibilities.
  • Frozen Yogurt Tube
  • Dry Cereal & Banana: Because sometimes, it’s the answer.
  • Clif or Any Kind of Protein Bar

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