10 More No-Cook Toddler Lunch Ideas

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A list of 10 no-cook toddler lunches based on what my toddlers actually eat for lunch every day! Making a healthy lunch doesn’t have to be stressful or time consuming.

I’m a mom of two toddlers and some days I just don’t have time to cook a hot meal when one or both are having hangry melt downs. I’ve learned some tricks to making quick and easy no-cook toddler lunches that are both mom and toddler-approved!

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Tips for No-Cook Toddler Lunches

Here are some of my top tips for getting lunch on the table quickly and making toddler-approved no-cook lunches. Don’t think too much or worry, just follow these 9 easy tips:

  • Use leftovers when possible
  • Don’t underestimate the power of snack plates (with healthy options)
  • Include a protein (so they won’t be hungry 30 mins later)
  • Fruits, veggies, and cheese are quick options right out of the fridge
  • Keep it simple; one main and two sides
  • Try a smoothie to get in fruits and veggies
  • Serve dips for raw veggies
  • Serve dessert with lunch (if you choose) and not as a reward
  • Make lunch in the morning or the night before if you are always super short on time

Here are some of my favorite plates and meal time accessories when making easy no-cook toddler lunches:

Bento Box: Nuby Hungry Kids Bento Box. We love this bento box and that it includes its own small containers with lids, and ice packs that attach inside the bento box to keep it cool until lunch.

Snack Plate: EZPZ Mini Play Mat. Presentation can go a long way when it comes to getting your toddler excited about meal time. This plate has been a game changer in getting my toddlers to eat more at lunch and it also makes making snack plates quick and easy.

Okay, now on to the fun part… actual meal ideas!

Easy Toddler Lunch Ideas

Toddler Lunch Idea #1: Toast + Smoothie

Technically toast is cooked in the toaster, but its so quick and easy I decided to include it. There are so many fun and nutritious toppings for toast (don’t be afraid to serve multiple at a time too). Here we had toast with avocado and peanut butter with banana, side of smoothie, and string cheese.

Plate: Pillowfort 7.3″ Divided Plate

Training Cup: EZTOTZ Tough To Tip Cup

Quick Toddler Lunch #2: PB&J Bites

Try making pb&j toddler-size by cutting into bite sized pieces. Side of no sugar added apple sauce, kiwi, and carrots with cream cheese for dipping.

Bento Box: Nuby Hungry Kids Bento Box

No-Cook Toddler Lunch #3: Snack Plate

Grab all of your toddlers easy no-cook snacks and remember to include some fruits, veggies, and protein to make it a wholesome meal. Here we had Avocado, string cheese, grapes, shredded cereal, strawberries and Amara Organic Smoothie Melts (we love this brand because they are no sugar added!)

Snack Plate: EZPZ Mini Play Mat

Easy Toddler Snack #4: Bagel w/ Cream Cheese

Don’t sleep on this easy meal idea! Try a bagel with added protein like Dave’s Killer Bagels and top with cream cheese, peanut butter, avocado, or any other spreads your toddlers love. Side of applesauce and grapes (a grape cutter is a must with toddlers: OXO Grape Cutter)

No-Cook Toddler Lunch Idea #5: Banana Sushi

This is a fun and unique lunch idea your toddlers will surely love (and it can be made so quickly!). Lay out a tortilla and then spread with peanut butter & jelly, top with a banana, roll up tightly and then cut into slices or ‘sushi’. Side of mandarin orange, avocado, and Annie’s Homegrown Bunny Grahams.

Bento Box: Nuby Hungry Kids Bento Box

Food Cutters: (They don’t make our exact set anymore but this is very similar) Sandwich & Food Cutter Set

Easy Toddler Meal Idea #6: Crackers & Cheese

Crackers and cheese or a ‘mini lunchable’ is a perfectly easy toddler meal idea. You could also include side of lunch meat for more protein. Side of bell peppers with cream cheese and EBB seasoning, plums, and blueberries.

No-Cook Toddler Lunch #7: Pretzels with Hummus

Try a snack plate with pretzel crisps and hummus, strawberries, shredded cheese, avocado, baby carrots (slice long ways or cook for young toddlers), and Annie’s Homegrown Bunnie Grahams.

Snack Plate: EZPZ Mini Play Mat

Quick Toddler Meal Idea #8: PB&J Roll Up

Instead of a normal PB&J sandwich, try making a pb&j roll up. Use one piece of bread and spread with peanut butter and jelly, then roll up (you may need to use a tooth pick or a food pick to make them stay). Side of grapes, carrot chips with ranch, and sliced cheese.

Toddler Food Picks: Animal Food Picks for Kids

No-Cook Toddler Lunch #9: Turkey & Cheese Roll Up

Use sliced cheese or part of a string cheese and roll up turkey around it to make turkey and cheese roll ups (you may need a tooth pick or food pick to hold it together). Side of banana, pretzel crisps, and sliced baby carrots.

Bento Box: Nuby Hungry Kids Bento Box

Toddler Food Picks: Animal Food Picks for Kids

Easy Toddler Lunch Idea #10: Tuna Salad

Instead of a tuna salad sandwich, try serving tuna salad as a tip with pretzels or crackers. I like to mix tuna with avocado to make it toddler-friendly! Side of carrots (slice or cook for young toddlers) and grapes.

Our favorite grape cutter: OXO Grape Cutter

Summary of No-Cook Toddler Meal Ideas

Here is breakdown of our 10 easy and quick no-cook toddler meal ideas:

  1. Toast + Smoothie
  2. PB&J Bites
  3. Snack Plate
  4. Bagel w/ Cream Cheese
  5. Banana Sushi
  6. Crackers & Cheese
  7. Pretzels w/ Hummus
  8. PB&J Roll Up
  9. Turkey & Cheese Roll Up
  10. Tuna Salad

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