Toddler Lunchbox Ideas

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I can’t believe its already back to school! It is my toddlers first year of preschool this year *cries*, and in honor of that, I want to share a few lunchbox ideas with you! These would be perfect for school, daycare, any day out on the go, or even just at home! Below you will find pictures of lunches, descriptions of whats inside, my favorite lunchboxes, and tips on keeping things fresh throughout the day!

Lunches

#1: Sandwich Lunch

What Inside?

  1. Raspberry and Sunbutter sandwich
  2. Pretzels
  3. Edemame
  4. Clementine
  5. Yogurt

#2: Turkey spinach roll ups

What’s Inside?

  1. Turkey and spinach roll up
  2. Cherry tomatoes
  3. Thin apple slices
  4. Annies Organic Bunnies

#3: Muffin lunch

What’s Inside?

  1. Muffins (these are my chocolate veggie muffins)
  2. Blueberries
  3. Yogurt
  4. Annies Organic Bunnies
  5. That’s It bar

#4: Quesadilla

What’s Inside?

  1. Quesadilla
  2. Cherry tomatoes
  3. Avocado
  4. Blueberries

#5: Bagel

What’s Inside?

  1. Bagel
  2. Cheese
  3. Yogurt
  4. Grapes
  5. Blueberries

Lunchbox Links

The lunchboxes that I use here are the:

BENTGO (link here ), and

Easy Lunchboxes Bento (link here)!

These are definitely some of my favorite lunchboxes! I would recommend getting an insulated lunchbox and 2 ice packs. You can put one icepack on the bottom, and one on top to keep it cold all day!

Insulated lunchbox (link here)
Slim ice packs (link here)

Tips

Keeping fruit good

1. Citrus Secret: Lemon juice is a magical ally in the battle against browning. Before slicing the apples, give them a gentle soak in a bowl of water mixed with a splash of lemon juice. This simple step helps maintain their color and freshness.

2. Precision Slicing: When slicing the apples, try to keep the slices relatively thin. Not only does this reduce choking, thicker slices are more prone to browning due to the increased surface area exposed to air.

4. Plastic wrap: Wrap the apple slices tightly in plastic wrap. This protective layer creates a barrier between the slices and the air, keeping them fresher for longer.

Safe foods

I know we all want our kids to learn to eat lots of different foods, but when sending a lunch box with my child, I like to play it safe. I put mostly food that I know he likes and will eat. Why? Because I want him to get filled at school and not have to feel hungry. This will give him enough energy for the day and keep him happy. I focus on feeding him new foods at home, but when he’s away from home I just want to make sure he is fueled and has enough energy. So feel free to drop the guilt, and put things in your kids lunchbox they will like and eat, even if they aren’t the most nutritious.

Reminder

Make sure to cut up the food according to your child’s age and what they can eat! If you need to chop things smaller, definitely do that! These are just ideas, but make sure to customize them to your child’s specific needs!

I hope your kids have a wonderful school year!


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As a mom to two, I know how stressful feeding little ones can be. That’s why I love helping other parents provide simple, healthy meals that your toddler and whole family will love. From quick and easy snacks, to full meals, I’ve got your mealtimes covered.

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