Updated March 5, 2019
Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wet Ones® + Pepperidge Farm® . As always, the opinions and text are all mine.
I don’t know about you, but I am not a fancy Pinterest mom. I see all these amazing and cute lunch ideas for kids lunch boxes and want to do it for my own kids, but the reality is I just don’t. Last year when I was working crazy hours, I didn’t have the time or energy to prep a really thoughtful and awesome meal that’s cut into shapes and has faces. In our house, we stuck to a mish mosh of finger foods. Over time, I’ve compiled a good running list of foods that are healthy and easy to throw together.
Now that we’ve got three years of Mother’s Day Out programs under our belts, and about to send two kids, I am feeling pretty confident that we are prepared. We’ve got all of the items on our “Toddler Back to School Checklist” and most of the clothes shopping is done. Now it’s time to share my toddler lunch ideas!
Like I said, I am not fancy. I try to offer a variety and stick to finger foods, especially with my picky little 3.5 year old. The main thing is that these foods are yummy, healthy, and can withstand a few hours in a lunch box. Best of all, it’s easy. I recommend getting a small bento box (We love the Dr. Sears Nibble Tray pictured below but it has been discontinued – this one is a similar find.), as some of the bigger ones are too big.
Here’s what I love to pack in my toddler’s lunch!
Our Must Haves:
- Shredded Carrots – can be dipped in hummus or eaten alone
- Hummus – both girls love it so I will send it.
- Cucumbers – to be dipped!
- Pretzel Chips – to be dipped or eaten alone.
- String Cheese – cut up in pieces for younger toddlers.
- Blueberries – grab and go!
- Strawberries – diced up!
- Dried Cranberries – easy peasy.
- Halved Grapes – to avoid the whole choking hazard thing.
- Deli Turkey Breast – a healthy way to offer some protein.
There’s a few other things I will throw in to this year’s lunches. Of course I am going to add Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish Crackers. If I let her, Kennedy would live on them! She will be so excited to see them in her lunch – I know it!
Wet Ones® Singles will also get put into lunches. Kennedy hates having her hands dirty, and Caroline is just a hot mess in general. I wish I knew that they came in singles packs before now! Considering they kill 99.9% of germs, it’s pretty much the perfect addition to any school lunch, MDO and beyond! I’ve already stashed a bunch in my teacher desk!
Some more easy add-ons:
- Yogurt Pouches
- Applesauce Pouches
- Juice Boxes
This is how I am going to pack Caroline’s lunch. Being able to mix and match elements of our overall big list is great and there is always a balanced lunch ready to go. Fun fact: after I took a picture of this, Caroline ate the entire thing. I’m thinking it’s just right for her!
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