I've felt a bit inadequate lately while reading bubhub threads about what other people's toddlers eat. So I've decided instead of getting down about it I'll try to use it as inspiration. Hit me with your best toddler lunch options for a time poor mumma to pack for days out of the house. At the moment dd tends to end up with half a vegemite sandwich, cheese, a couple of toddler friendly biscuits or yoghurt drops and a piece of fruit. She flat out refuses to eat the fruit but I keep putting it in anyway. Dd takes a bit of a grazing approach to eating so food ideas that lend themselves to that would be ideal.
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01-11-2015 10:19 #1
Toddler food for on the go
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01-11-2015 10:50 #2
Zucchini slice, broccoli and cheese muffins, pear or apple piklets, veggie fritters. All these can be frozen as well
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01-11-2015 10:52 #3
Just keeping in mind that changing food habits can be a tricky business, it might be good to swap out one thing at a time.
I find grazing type lunches and snacks very easy. A simple formula like, a protein piece (cheese, boiled egg, cold meats/chicken), a vegie piece (carrot sticks are popular here, heaps of options though - corn, peas, etc), a fruit piece and a carb piece, so if your kid has no dietary restrictions that one is easy. Maybe a nice slice of sourdough bread & butter, something like that.
For the time management side, the protein could be prepared say on a Sunday afternoon (a small piece of roast beef, or a BBQ chook) then sliced into portion sizes and frozen for the week ahead (defrost the night prior).
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01-11-2015 10:55 #4
Toddler food for on the go
Home made sugar free muesli bars are a hit here. Also veggie muffins which is basically grated veggies and cheese mixed with SR flour. I freeze these and defrost the night before. Basic stuff but DS eats it's so it's a success.
ETA we don't really have lunch when we go out unless it's specifically to eat. Otherwise it's just snacks
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01-11-2015 11:04 #5
My dd is pretty easy and will eat almost anything but I go the easy bulk stuff like zucchini slice as well. She loves raspberries and blueberries and they're the perfect finger food size. Her daycare has just started using 'Kids Gourmet Food' so I'm trying to find inspiration from there for more variety.
01-11-2015 12:46 #6
I cut them into bar Shapes instead of squares as I find they occupy DS for longer. I've also subbed the flour for coconut flour and it's worked pretty well. It's a great base recipe
01-11-2015 13:22 #7
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01-11-2015 13:34 #8
Thanks for all the suggestions. I have some sugar free muesli biscuits in the oven at the moment and I'm going to make a zucchini slice next. Has anyone tried homemade vegetable nuggets? I've found a recipe for cauliflower nuggets but I'm not sure how they'd go cold.
01-11-2015 13:42 #9
Usually cheese, sandwich (vegemite, avo, cream cheese, ricotta - whatever depending on how I feel). Cut up watermelon or rockmelon, sultanas, dates, cucumber sticks, yoghurt pouch, rice cakes, cruskits (health food aisle ones with quinoa). Sometimes I will take a baby apple museli bar (aldi) but not often as they are not that healthy imo and a sandwich doesn't take much longer to make.
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