Making lunch for toddlers can be challenging. On one side, they need all the important nutrients and vitamins to help them grow, but on the other side, sometimes healthy means not tasty and sometimes even yucky. Well, you may be surprised to find out that there are actually loads of very simple and yet healthy lunch recipes for toddlers. Your toddlers can get the important nutrition from the meals and they won’t be put off by the taste. In fact, most of these recipes are all tasty and yummy, and your kids are guaranteed to love them all!
Banana, Honey, and Almond Butter
Use whole wheat bread that is healthier without compromising taste. Take 2 slices of breads, spread them with peanut butter or almond butter. Top off one slice with honey and then cover it up with slices of bananas. Put together those 2 slices and your kids will definitely love it! Keep in mind, though, that this recipe is better for kids above 1 year old as honey isn’t advised for kids under 1 years of age.
Avocado and Pear Combo
Take half of ripe avocado in a bowl and mash it up until it smooth and soft. Add lemon juice, season it with pepper and salt, if you want to. Take 2 slices of sourdough breads and spread the avocado mash. Top off the spread with Asian pear or Bosc pear. Press both slices gently and it is ready to serve. For another healthy alternative, you can replace the pear with pomegranate seed. They are just as tasty.
Peanut Butter, Cheddar, and Apple
This is another alternative to regular PBJ (Peanut Butter and Jelly) variation. Who says peanut butter is always unhealthy and filled with fats? If you are able to combine the peanut with fiber-rich fruits, you can produce tasty and healthy simple lunch. Take 2 slices of whole wheat breads, spread one slice with peanut butter. Top it off with slices of cheddar cheese, and then add thin slices of apples. Press the two slices gently and your kids can have a go right away.
Goat Cheese and Strawberry
Most parents – moms in this case – are worried that goat cheese won’t be perfect when matched with any accompaniments. Well, you will be surprised to find out that strawberry can actually taste good with the goat cheese; not to mention that goat cheese is healthy and packed with all the important nutrients for the toddlers. Use English muffins for this recipe. You can toast it first, or not – depending on your preference. Spread goat cheese on the split muffin, top it off with strawberry jam, and add thin strawberry slices. Press the muffin gently and your kids will have a blast! For another healthy alternative, you can use plain cream cheese for goat cheese substitution.
Prepare whole wheat tortilla, and spread generous amount of hummus on top of it. Add turkey slices with spinach leaves – you can have only several leaves or generous amount of them; it depends on your toddlers. Both of my kids don’t have problems with green veggies, so I apply lots of them. However, if your kids aren’t into veggies so much, several will do. As long as there are leafy veggies included, it is healthy. Roll the tortilla and cut them up. You can serve the tortilla just like that, or add fruit salad and cheese cubes to provide better and healthier serving.
Egg Salad Sandwich
Make two hard boiled eggs, and then crush them. Mix them up with mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and also pepper. If you don’t really like mayo, you can switch it with plain yoghurt. Spread the salad on multigrain or whole wheat bread. To make complete and fulfilling lunch, add pretzel sticks and orange into the menu. Your kids will definitely their lunch and they can enjoy fulfilling lunch without being overstuffed.
Cook the pasta first (you can always use the packaged, ready-to-serve one) and then mix it up with cooked peas, cherry tomatoes, melted butter, and salt and pepper. It is tasty and yet still retains the pasta taste – which kids love. You can serve with applesauce and carrots; that should be exciting!
Pita Butter and Jelly
If your kids love PBJ so much, you can try this healthy alternative. Instead of going for the regular bread, substitute it with pita bread. If you want to try other ingredients aside the peanut butter, choose cream cheese or butter. Spread it up on whole pita, top it off with cinnamon apple butter, if they love apple pie. Try jelly, if they don’t really like cinnamon apple butter. The lunch will be complete when you serve this PBJ pita with yoghurt, hard boiled egg, sliced grape tomatoes or grapes.
Take two slices of whole wheat breads and spread cranberry sauce on those slices. Top it off with layers of turkey breasts and cheese. You can serve it applesauce packet and baby carrots – complete with ranch dressing for the dip. If you want to make things more interesting, use cookie cutter so the sandwich will come in attractive shapes that will appeal your kids.
You can use regular bread with homemade tomato sauce, cheddar cheese, diced turkey meats, and green leafy stuffs. You can put it into the microwave first before serving it up. If you want to make your own pizza dough, make sure to do it the night before so you won’t rush in the morning. For variations, you can use English muffins that are divided into two. Top off the pizza dough with marinara sauce (if your kids are bored with the regular tomato sauce), add spinach, and then add chopped steamed broccoli.
You can use whatever meat you like, from chicken to even fish fillet. Sprinkle with shredded cheese, and bake it for around 5 minutes. To add up the healthier nutrients, add a half cup of blueberries and small container of choco pudding – after all, toddlers still need a lot of energies to get them going.