5 Easy Lunch Box Ideas for Toddlers at Day Care

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Are you out of options for school snacks that your child actually eats?  The same old peanut butter and jelly sandwiches can get a little boring.

Get creative with these delicious, quick and easy lunch box ideas for toddlers that will make sure they get the nutrition they need.


Does your toddler come home from daycare with half their lunch still intact?  When you have a picky eater on your hands it can be hard to come up with healthy and satisfying lunches they'll actually eat.

They can switch from loving ham sandwiches to hating them without notice and leave you wondering what to do next.  When your mornings are so hectic, it can be hard to think outside the box.

Don't worry - we're here to help!  There are plenty of easy lunch box ideas that will leave you and your kids happy.

Do you want to know what they are?  Keep reading to discover five easy lunch box ideas for toddlers at daycare.



1. Go Beyond the Traditional Sandwich

Does your child pick at their sandwich, but barely eat any of it?  Although that PB&J is a classic toddler food, you may want to consider going beyond the traditional sandwich.

Instead, try crackers with meat and cheese squares, pinwheels, wraps, or deli meat roll-ups.  You could also try ditching the regular sandwich bread in favor of rolls.  Your toddler will appreciate something other than that boring old sandwich!


2. Ditch the Sandwich Altogether

Ahh, the sandwich - it's the staple of any classic lunch box.  But, that doesn't mean you have to include one.  If your toddler is having an aversion to all sandwiches, it may be time to ditch them!

Substitute hard boiled eggs, hummus and pita chips (or veggies), chicken salad, or trail mix.  These foods are all high in protein, which has numerous health benefits.  Plus, they contain less sodium than traditional deli meats and less sugar than jelly or marshmallow fluff.


3. Give Them Some Dip

Do you struggle to get your toddler to eat vegetables or fruit?  We all know how important a balanced diet is but packing those carrot sticks won't do anything if they don't eat them.

One of the best-packed lunch ideas is to include some dip.  Consider packing some ranch dressing for vegetables or marshmallow dip for fruits.  It'll help make the food seem more fun and delicious, so your toddler may just eat it.


4. Get Whimsical

When looking for the perfect daycare, you probably wanted somewhere fun for your toddler.  Help the daycare bring that fun into lunchtime by adding a whimsical touch to your easy lunch ideas.

You can use a cookie cutter to give sandwiches fun shapes or draw silly faces on sandwich bags.  It will only take an extra minute or two in the morning, but it could mean the difference between a happy toddler who eats their lunch, and one who just picks at it.


5. Be Theme-y When You Can

Does your toddler get excited for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and the 4th of July?  Bring this holiday fun into their lunch!

One of the easiest toddler food ideas is to play with colors.  Consider packing red and green foods around Christmas or red, white, and blue foods around the 4th of July.

If your child has a favorite book, consider incorporating aspects of this book into their lunch.  This can be as easy as writing "one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish" on a bag filled with rainbow Goldfish crackers.



Easy Lunch Box Ideas

If your toddler doesn't eat their lunch at daycare, you're probably feeling frustrated and concerned. But, don't worry! Just follow our tips for easy and delicious lunch box ideas that will get your toddler eating again.

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