toddler menu plans

Check out our 5 day sample menus for Toddlers

 

Our Toddler Sample Menu Plans are meant to give you some ideas for working all the food groups into your Toddler's diet.  Healthy Foods for Toddlers are simple and easy to serve at every meal and wholesome healthy snacks are simple as well. 

 

These Toddler Menu Plans encompass the 5 "working" days of the week so that Parents might have an idea of how to pack some healthy natural meals for their Toddlers in day care.

 

Our Toddler Menu Plans are meant to be examples only and are not meant to take place of the dietetic advice of your personal physician or dietician should you have one.  These Toddler Menus are geared toward the toddler who is in good health and does not require a special diet.

We hope these Toddler menu ideas might give you some inspiration and show you how easy it is to feed your Toddler healthy meals and snacks throughout the day!

 

BREAKFAST
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY

GRAINS

Warm Oatmeal

Whole Grain Toast

Buckwheat Pancakes - (make a batch ahead of time and freeze for quick & easy breakfast!)

 

"Cold" Cereal

(Soak in milk if needed for those still mastering the "Crunch factor"

Veggie & Cheese Omelet

Whole Grain Toast

Apple Dutch Baby

FRUITS

Applesauce mixed into the Oatmeal

Natural Fruit Spread for Toast

 

Bananas

 

Fortified Fruit Juice

Blueberries on the cereal

Diced Peaches

 

Fortified Fruit Juice

 

Sliced Melons or Fruit Salad

DAIRY

Milk or Yogurt Smoothie or
Yogurt mixed into Oatmeal
 
Milk
Milk or Yogurt Smoothie Cream Cheese for the Toast
Milk or Yogurt Smoothie Cream Cheese for the Toast

PROTEIN

Turkey Sausage

 
Turkey Bacon
Turkey Bacon or Turkey Sausage

MID-MORNING SNACK

Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter and grated carrots on top - drizzle with honey

Fortified Fruit Juice or Water
Fruit dices with a light layer of Yogurt - top with wheat germ

 

Milk

Mighty Muffin Tin - add diced veggies to the Muffin Tin and add dipping sauce in one section

 


Fortified Fruit Juice or Water

Frozen Ban-Ola (recipe in Snack section)
 


Slice the Frozen Ban-Ola and Serve

Milk
 

Muffin with Cream Cheese & Fruit spread - cut into small sections; arrange with apple dices in the middle

Fortified Fruit Juice or Water

*Remember, foods may be served soft cooked if needed - not all Toddlers will be able to eat "raw" veggies or fruits!  Always ensure that foods are appropriate for YOUR toddler.  Consult with your pediatrician about introducing Peanut Butter
 

 

LUNCH

MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY

GRAINS

Warm Whole Grain Pita with **

Pasta Salad with Olive Oil and **

 

Whole Grain Toast Sandwich with **
Pita Chips (slice Pita bread into "chips" and toast)
Grilled Whole Grain Sandwich with **

FRUITS

Sliced Bananas
Apple Slices
** Avocado & Cream Cheese
Fruit Salad
**Sliced Banana Fortified Juice

VEGGIES

**Chopped Cooked Broccoli
**Carrots, Cucumbers, Broccoli, Zucchini, Olives
Carrot Sticks & Dipping Sauce
Diced Veggie Medley (warm & cooked or cold w/dipping sauce)
Tomatoes, Broccoli, Carrots, Celery, Cucumbers with Yogurt Dipping Sauce

(Recipe for Dipping Sauces)

DAIRY

Fruit Yogurt

**Cheese
 

Cheese Sticks and/or Milk
Fruit Yogurt Smoothie
Milk
Milk or Yogurt Smoothie and/or Cheese Cubes

PROTEIN

**Turkey, Ham or Chicken Slices (Natural!!)

 
"Toddler" Meatballs

(Recipe)

Sautéed Spiced Tofu Cubes
Chicken Nuggets - (make a batch ahead of time and freeze for quick & easy lunch!)
**Peanut Butter

MID-AFTERNOON
SNACK

Toddler Trail Mix - raisins, O cereal, carob or yogurt chips, dried fruits
 


Milk or Water

Graham Crackers with Applesauce and/or Cheese slices, Peanut Butter

Fortified Fruit Juice or Water
 

Fruit Dices & Cheese cubes Milk or Water


Milk, Fortified Fruit Juice or Water

Baked Apple Slices topped with Muesli & blueberries

(Recipe)

Fortified Fruit Juice or Water
 

Mini- Sandwiches on whole grain bread Milk or Water

Fortified Fruit Juice or Water

*Remember, foods may be served soft cooked if needed - not all Toddlers will be able to eat "raw" veggies or fruits!  Always ensure that foods are appropriate for YOUR toddler.  Consult with your pediatrician about introducing Peanut Butter
 

 

DINNER
MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY

GRAINS

Serve the Family Grain - make some noodles if necessary
 

FRUITS

Serve a side of fruit dices or slices if desired
 

VEGGIES

Serve the Family Veggie - add grated cheese to tempt your Toddler!

DAIRY

Milk, Yogurt on the Side, Cheese Cubes on the Side or Grated Cheese on side

PROTEIN

Serve the Family Protein - serve with a dipping sauce if needed to tempt your Toddler!
 

*Remember, dinner is typically the meal that is most often NOT eaten by Toddlers! Make it colourful and fun in it's presentation when possible!
 

 

Remember, you will notice as the day progresses that your toddler becomes less and less hungry. Rest assured, it is common for toddlers to eat great at breakfast, eat "ok" at lunch and come dinner time, your toddler may eat either miniscule bites or leave behind a 99% full plate.

 


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updated 30 March 2009