As a parent, a primary goal of yours is to do all you can to set the groundwork for success for your little one in all ways possible! One way you do this that makes a particularly large impact is by means of how you nourish your child, fueling them right… simply put, FOOD! Ensuring that your toddler is receiving both what they need nutritionally for their daily schooling as well as the means to set good habits for the future is the goal.
Sometimes, parenting life can get a little crazy, and coming up with good, healthy meals for your little one’s school lunch box can be hard to manage. For that reason, today, Dreamtown Kids would like to provide some options for quick, easy to prepare lunch ideas to keep your youngster running strong, day after day!
Food for Thought
What you’ll want to provide in these lunches is two-pronged, something with the nourishment to propel your kiddo through the rest of the day while being something that they’ll actually want to eat. With a lot of kids being more on the ‘picky’ side when it comes to eating, making sure the food you give them is something they’ll realistically want to eat, and not just leave untouched come lunch time, is important… or else they won’t eat it, and even a well-balanced meal does no good if left uneaten.
The main course, the star of your toddler’s lunch! This will be the center of their meal, so stack it high with the things that will fuel them right! Some easy-to-prepare options are:
- Turkey & Cranberry
Give your little one an exciting flavor profile with this one! Turkey to grow them big and strong, dried cranberry to add a nice sweet addition, and even throw some sliced almonds and a leafy green of some sort to add some crunch!
A timeless classic, and for good reason! Peanut butter for protein and good healthy fats, whole grain bread for complex carbs, and jelly for that hint of sweetness that your kid will love! Feel free to get a little experimental too, adding fruits into their PB&J as well, such as sliced pears or bananas, nothing but options and customizability.
- Ham & Cheese
A loved sandwich is lunchrooms everywhere, hot or cold! Ham and cheese, the two main ingredients here, will fill your little one up with protein! Swap out different cheeses to keep things interesting, and add pickles or other toppings based on your child’s liking.
Supplementing a really creative main course option, like the ones listed above, with a healthy side and snacks for other parts of the day will round off your child’s nutrition, and keep them full for the rest of the day to come! If you provide something fun for the main course of their lunch, it’s okay to go a simpler route on the sides. Here are a couple options:
- Carrots, Broccoli, Cucumber, Plantain chips, Sliced Apples, and more!
And for some of these, why not pair them with a delicious dipping option?
- Honey, Hummus, Guacamole, Yogurt, Peanut or Almond Butter.
And if you’re looking for some classic, creative snack options, here are a few to get started:
- ‘Ants on a Log’, ‘Cauliflower Popcorn’, ‘Trail Mix’.
Ultimately, there’s nothing but options!
In conclusion, you want to ensure that your toddler is fueled properly as they go through each and every school day, and more, you want to know that you’re setting them up for good eating habits for the future. By following some of these options and incorporating creative ideas of your own into the mix, you’ll be on the right track! For more ideas on food and all things parenting related, look no further than the pros at Dreamtown Kids for tips and insights!