Toddler Food Ideas. Breakfast, Lunch & Snacks

Nov 3, 2012

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Toddlers, depending on how many teeth they have and how fussy they are, can sometimes be a little tricky to feed. Thinking up new, interesting, easy and manageable foods for toddlers to eat can also be hard, so here I've compiled a list of some suggestions for feeding your Toddler (or, anyone really) :)

See the bottom for a free Printable of these ideas for the fridge.



Toddler Breakfast Ideas


  • Weet-Bix with milk, banana & strawberry
  • Fruit Salad
  • Toast with Vegemite
  • Porridge
  • Warm Pikelets with berries
  • Pancakes with fruit or berries and cream
  • Cereal (low sugar) with milk/yoghurt and fruit
  • Yoghurt with fruit eg banana, strawberry, berries, mango etc
  • Soft Boiled Egg with toast soldiers
  • Scrambled Egg with multi-grain toast
  • English Muffin with peanut butter (depending on allergies)
  • Crumpet with butter or jam or berries




Toddler Lunch Ideas


  • Zucchini Slice
  • Baked Beans with multi-grain toast
  • Cheesymite Rolls
  • Pizza Rolls
  • Pita bread pockets with hummus, grated carrot and alfalfa sprouts
  • Homemade pizza slices with veggies and ham
  • Mini pizzas on English muffins, Turkish bread or pita bread
  • Pizza Scrolls (dough or pastry rolled flat with tomato paste, cheese, fillings etc rolled into log, cut in slices and baked)
  • Rice crackers, carrot sticks (steamed until older), cucumber sticks and capsicum sticks with tzatziki dip
  • Tinned spaghetti and cheese jaffles (cooled)
  • Chicken or veggie nuggets with mild sweet chilli dipping sauce and cucumber sticks
  • Omelette with cheese, ham, tomato, spinach, mushrooms, peas, corn etc
  • Veggie Burger
  • Potato and veggie fritters (grated potato, carrot, zucchini etc combined with an egg, milk and a little flour then pan fried)
  • Cocktail frankfurts (skin removed) and veggie sticks (I'd have as a "sometimes" food)
  • Savoury Muffin eg ham and cheese
  • Pita bread with cream cheese and sultanas, or peanut butter and jam, rolled up
  • Pieces of cooked pasta that are easy to hold, with cubed cheese and cooked peas and carrots
  • Mini meatballs with veggie sticks
  • Left over roast chicken pieces with cubed cheese and cucumber
  • Pasta salad with cooked veggies (eg. peas, corn, grated carrot, broccoli, capsicum), ham and cheese, mixed with mayo, lemon and pepper
  • Mini quiches made with bread flattened and pressed into muffin tins. Filled with omelette mix and baked
  • Cooled hard-boiled eggs cut in pieces or egg roll (egg whisked and fried like a pancake) with steamed veggies
  • Toasted sandwich (cooled) with cheese, ham, tomato etc
  • Rice or Corn thins with sandwich fillings (see below suggestions)
  • Multigrain or high fibre bread sandwiches. {cut in soldiers, in shapes with cookie cutters, cubed, open, closed, pinwheel/sushi (flatten bread, spread/fill then roll up)}


  • Sandwich Filling Suggestions:
  • Cheese and gherkin spread
  • Cream cheese and beetroot relish
  • Cheese and vegemite
  • Peanut butter and banana
  • Cheesymite (cream cheese vegemite)
  • Turkey, cranberry sauce and thinly sliced cucumber
  • Tuna, mayo and lettuce mix
  • Cream cheese, deli/shredded chicken and alfalfa sprouts
  • Cheese and beetroot
  • Tzatziki dip, cheese and lettuce
  • Avocado and cheese
  • Avocado and sweet chilli sauce
  • Cheese and mango chutney
  • Mashed egg and mayo mix with shredded lettuce (optional dash of curry powder or paprika in the egg mix)
  • Mashed roasted sweet potato/pumpkin/eggplant
  • Vegemite and avocado



Toddler Snack Ideas

  • Fresh Fruit (strawberries, banana, watermelon, rockmelon, grapes (halved), grated apple, orange, mango, kiwi fruit, etc) served alone or with yoghurt
  • Veggie Sticks (hard vegetables like carrots should be steamed first depending on child) with home-made or bought dips (eg, tzatziki, hummus, beetroot, french onion etc)
  • Rice crackers
  • Muffin (blueberry, banana etc)
  • Raisins/Sultanas
  • Wholegrain Fruit Bar
  • Muesli bar
  • Cheese stick
  • Fruit cup
  • Toast with butter and cinnamon sugar
  • Apple tea cake
  • Home-made sultana slice
  • Blueberry pikelets
  • Home-made ice blocks from smoothies (fruit, milk, yoghurt)
  • Wholemeal banana bread
  • Fruit crisps
  • Yoghurt
  • Jelly (made with fruit juice)
  • Pudding cup
  • Custard (vanilla, banana, chocolate)
  • Biscuits (eg marie, scotch finger, homemade choc-chip, oat and raisin, apple)
  • Dried fruit (can be soaked in water to soften) eg. prunes, apricots, apple rings, mango
  • Canned fruit, eg peaches, apricots
  • Cold or warm pancakes rolled with mashed banana or cottage cheese/honey (nutella for a treat!)
  • Air popped pop-corn

* This is a list of suggestions for you to pick, choose and change as you like. Please use your own parental knowledge and judgement (or the advice of a paediatrician) when choosing what and how to feed your child. :) 


TODDLER FOOD IDEAS PRINTABLE

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Tell Us. What does your Toddler love to eat?



Happy eating,
Debs :)



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12 comments:

  1. Lovely list - thank you! I have a regular 'Toddler Food' series on my blog, and though the ideas aren't solely for little ones, I feature some of the things my little lady eats each week. :)
    http://mamapapabubba.com/category/toddler-food/

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  2. Fantastic ideas, my kids would love the toast with cinnamon sugar!

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  3. I wish my girls would eat even half of these fab things! But thank you for the inspiration and ideas Debs...will print out your list!

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  4. Great list, if you like once my new website is up I can link to you as a recommended resource/blog let me know xx

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  5. Hi Debs. Love this list! Great to have a list on hand with quick and simple ideas to feed the hoards :) Have printed for my family meals folder. I will be sharing and pinning this!

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  6. Loved these ideas! I used the pancake bear for my letter of the b week and it was a big hit! Check it out I should be posting it soon when I get internet.
    Momshappinessblueprint.blogspot.com

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  7. Great list of ideas Debs! Thanks for linking up to The Sunday Parenting Party. I'm featuring this post on my blog tonight as one of my faves from last week.

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  8. Love love love this! Will definitely be using this over and over again for my fussy eater! :)

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  9. Toddlers always love attractive food items. These food ideas can be used for fussy food eaters. They will enjoy and eat them.

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  10. What are pikelets and what is rockmelon?

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    1. Gotta love english language differences between countries :) Pikelets are pretty much just small pancakes and rockmelon I think is the same as cantaloupe. It's an orange coloured melon. :)

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  11. Nice read! I like the suggestion and tips.

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Thanks for taking the time to comment! I love reading them all.