Toddler lunch kabobs
Toddler lunch kabobs

Summer with a toddler has come to mean naps in the car and lunches on-the-go. But the more we venture out from our Winter hibernation, the more I see how terrible restaurant options are for kids. This, coupled with the fact that her eating schedule is more regimented than ours makes it pretty mandatory that we pack our little one a good lunch.

So here are a few of the lunches that we’ve packed – to eat either in the car, in a park, or at whatever restaurant or friends house we end up at. It makes a world of difference to have food with us that we know is healthy and filling. (And it makes the afternoon nap part come a lot sooner and more easily.)

Enjoy! And please add any great portable-lunch ideas or recipes in the comments.

1. “Baby Ploughman” Cheese curds/cheese pieces, fruit (strawberries, blueberries, melon, or grapes), dried apricots and baby’s favorite crackers. (Pairs well with some grown up cheese and wine…. if you’re picnicking)

2. Almond butter and pear wraps. Almond butter is soooo healthy, and a juicy pear is the perfect compliment. This can be made in a tortilla, pita, or really any kind of soft, thin bread.

3. Hummus and tomato mini-pita. (Kids love mini-pita. Tzatziki is another great option. Or chopped egg. Or tuna. Or all.)

4. Zucchini muffins! (from Food.com)

5. Eggs! , scrambled with cheese, in a frittata or a quiche. They travel really well.

I’ve also been rabidly collecting snack options and ideas for toddlers and writing posts about my findings. Let’s call it “the snack chronicles” –  you can read Part 1 of “let’s talk snacks” and Part 2, here.

*For all of the lunch ideas, you’ll need a little lunch bag with an ice pack. Food should never be left at room temperature, or allowed to get hot in a car. Trust me. We went to the zoo today, and brought cheese. And had no ice pack. And it melted. : )

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