My (almost) two year-old is in a preschool program and that meant I needed to start packing him a lunch. I have been sharing a few photos of Charlie’s lunches on Instagram and have been getting asked for my ideas. To get inspiration for these lunches, I took to Pinterest. From there, I created a list of foods based on category to make sure Charlie gets a variety of food groups in each lunch.
Here is a list I started:
- Turkey/Ham & Cheese Sandwich
- Turkey/Ham & Cheese Pinwheels
- PB & J Sandwich
- PB & J Roll-Ups
- Mini Bagels with Cream Cheese
- Pigs in a Blanket
To make sandwiches toddler sized and/or more fun to eat, I’ve used mini cookie cutters. Not only are the sandwiches in fun shapes but they are smaller to fit in little toddler hands!
- Deli Meat
- Leftover Chicken (from dinner the night before)
- Cooked Hot Dog
- Chicken Nuggets
- Turkey Burger
- Hard Boiled Egg
- Cubed Cheese
- String Cheese
- Macaroni & Cheese
- Frozen Peas (thawed)
- Shredded Carrots
- Steamed Broccoli
- Teddy Grahams
- Graham Crackers
The containers I use for Charlie’s lunch all came together and I absolutely love it. It is the Rubbermaid Lunch Blox Kids (kids lunch kit). The kit includes:
- One sandwich and snack container (w/ dividers)
- One side container
- One snack container
- One Blue Ice (ice pack that the containers snap onto)
Additional items I use for Charlie’s lunches are mini silicon baking cups and as I mentioned above, cookie cutters/mini cookie cutters.
All it takes is some planning and you too, can make cute lunches for your little ones!