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. :) 


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Happy eating,
Debs :)

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  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. :)

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

  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!

  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

  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!

  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.

  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.

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

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

  10. What are pikelets and what is rockmelon?

    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. :)

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


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