A delicious Toddler 2+ lunch

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  • Get wholesome, delicious, quick-to-prepare preschool lunch and snack ideas.
  • Lunch or snack time at preschool is an important part of the day for your older Toddler.
  • Teach your child now that fruits and vegetables are snack foods, to help this habit stick.

These convenient and easy-to-follow lunches were developed for Toddlers 2+ to contain a variety of food groups and nutrients needed at this stage.

Remember

These portion amounts are a guide. Always listen to your child's hunger and fullness cues and let him decide how much to eat.

Idea 1
  • ½ cup low-fat milk
  • 1 tray GERBER® GRADUATES® 2+ Kid Selects™—Grilled Chicken Nuggets in Chicken Broth
  • 1 tray GERBER® GRADUATES® 2+™ Kid Selects—Cut Carrots & Green Beans


Idea 2

  • ½ cup low-fat milk
  • ⅓ cup diced carrots, soft-cooked and cut to ¼" dices with 1 tbsp. ranch dressing for dipping
  • 1 roasted turkey sandwich cut to bite-sized pieces: 2 slices whole-wheat bread, 1 oz. roasted turkey breast, ½ tbsp. mayonnaise 


Idea 3

  • ½ cup low-fat milk
  • 1 tray GERBER® GRADUATES® 2+ Kid Selects™—Dinosaur-Shaped Pasta in Mildly Seasoned Broth
  • ⅓ cup sliced banana

Idea 4

  • ½ cup GERBER® Organic 100% Apple Juice
  • ½ jar GERBER® GRADUATES® Veggie Pick-Ups™—Diced Carrots with 1 tbsp. ranch dressing for dipping
  • 1 slice cheese pizza, cut to bite-sized pieces  

Idea 5

  • ½ cup low-fat milk
  • ½ jar GERBER® GRADUATES® Lil’ Sticks® Chicken Sticks
  • ¼ cup mashed potatoes
  • ⅓ cup sliced fresh, ripe pears, peeled and cut to ¼" dice

Idea 6

  • 1 tuna salad sandwich, cut to bite-sized pieces: 2 slices whole-wheat bread, 1 oz. tuna, 1 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • ⅓ cup sliced carrots, soft-cooked and cut to ¼" dices with 1 tbsp. ranch dressing for dipping

Idea 7

  • ½ cup Gerber® organic pear juice
  • 1 tray GERBER® GRADUATES® 2+ Kid Selects™—Turkey Meatballs in Chicken
  • 1 GERBER® GRADUATES® 2+ Fruit Twists—Strawberry & Grape: naturally flavored with other natural flavors

Snacktime settled

Want even more meal and snack ideas for your older Toddler? Check out our GerberMenu.
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Healthy lunch is in the bag

Lunch or snack time at preschool is an important part of the day for your older Toddler, and she looks forward to it. Toddlers think it’s special to eat with their friends. It’s a wonderful opportunity for her to relax and to develop social skills, table manners—and healthy eating habits.

Lunch for your little learner
Sandwiches and veggies stand the test of time as lunchtime staples, providing nutrition from important food groups. Here’s an example of a nutritious lunch for your Toddler to take to preschool:

  1. Start with 100% whole-grain bread (one or two slices, depending on your child’s appetite).
  2. Don’t hold the mayo. Mayonnaise is a source of Vitamin E and healthy fats. Use ½ to 1 tablespoon.
  3. Add one slice of turkey or cheese.
  4. Pack ¼ cup of your child’s favorite peeled and cut fruit or vegetable. GERBER® GRADUATES® Pick-Ups™ Diced Carrots are just the right size and texture for your child.
  5. Complete with ½ to 1 cup of milk or GERBER® Yogurt Juice for a good source of Calcium.

Smart snacks for preschool
For growing children, every bite counts, and nutrition from snacks throughout the day is just as important as her other meals. Teach your child now that fruits and vegetables are snack foods, to help this habit stick. And try these tasty snack ideas:

  • ½ to ⅓ cup of your child’s favorite fruit, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces. Serve with 1 oz. or 1 slice of cheese.
  • ½ to ⅓ cup of your child’s favorite vegetable, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces. Serve with 2 tbsp. of a favorite dressing to dip.
  • ¼ cup mashed ripe avocado, spread on GERBER® GRADUATES® Animal Crackers
  • ½ cup GERBER® GRADUATES® Yogurt Melts® and 1 serving of GERBER® Harvest Juice


Top Tip

  • Let the teacher know how to follow your child’s hunger and fullness cues. If at there’s no pressure at home to finish food, there shouldn’t be any at school either.
  • Pack your child’s favorite healthy foods. Her favorite foods will help her enjoy lunch and snack time.
  • If your child is worried about preschool, shopping for a special lunch carrier may help turn her nervousness into excitement! With permission from the teacher, your child also could bring in a favorite healthy snack to share—another way to help her get excited about eating lunch away from home.

Most preschools and child care centers encourage healthy eating habits and have specific guidelines about what foods are ok to bring from home to eat during school. Be sure to ask about your school’s nutrition policy. (And if your school doesn’t have one, share the Start Healthy, Stay Healthy Toddler 2+ Nutrition Guide with the director!)
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