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Anatomy of a Kiddie Lunch

The most common question I get asked is if M’s lunches are as creative and my kiddie lunch box posts. The answer? Umm, No 😉

While I try to offer her creative options a few times per week, I always have a staple food list that I stick to (and am constantly adding to as she explores new food). I, like every other mother, have a busy schedule, and with two kids I often feel like I’m being pulled in different directions. Having a variety of easy to grab foods makes life a little easier.

Below is a list of kiddie foods I have on my grocery list. These are all of M’s favorites that I make sure we have continuous stock of.

  • Strawberries: M loves every type of berry so as long and they are sweet and in season, I always make sure to include them on my shopping trip.
  • Raspberries: M loves these in her cereal.
  • Grapes: What kid doesn’t love grapes 🙂
  • Bananas: These are a staple in our house.
  • Baby Apples: M love eating whole apples. These baby apples are the perfect size for her little hands.
  • Pineapple: I’m pretty sure she would eat pineapple as the main course of every meal if we let her 🙂
  • Oranges: With two orange trees in our backyard, we eat these every day and have started making our own OJ.

  • Hummus: I cannot express how much M loves hummus. She will dip just about anything in hummus.
  • Carrots: for dipping in hummus
  • Snap Peas: for dipping in hummus
  • Cherry Tomatoes: for dipping in hummus
  • Edamame: I buy these frozen, defrost them, and serve them to M as part of a meal or snack.
  • Avocados: When M was a baby she use to eat a whole avocado in one sitting. Now she likes them sliced up on her lunch plate.
  • Babybel: One of her favorite cheeses. I include these in her lunch or give them to her as a snack.
  • String Cheese: A classic kid favorite.
  • Chobani Champions: The first greek yogurt for kids, and M’s favorite yogurt to date.
  • Yokids Squeezers: Made my Stonyfield, I store these in the freezer and give them to M as a snack or as dessert following a meal.

Not pictured:

  • Cucumbers: for dipping in hummus
  • Pickles: for dipping in hummus
  • Fresh turkey deli meat: for dipping in hummus

See? I told you she dips everything in hummus 🙂

  • Whole Wheat Bread: Our entire family eats whole grain bread. I make to sure buy bread that has at least 3 grams of fiber per slice.
  • Whole Wheat Tortillas: M loves quesadillas. We also use these to make peanut butter rolls and turkey & cheese rolls.
  • Whole Wheat English Muffins: M likes to make English Muffin Pizzas 🙂
  • Quaker Oatmeal Squares: This one of M’s favorite cereals. She loves eating these with milk, or dry as a snack.

  • Puffins: Another one of M’s favorite cereals.
  • Annie’s Granola Bars: I like to put a treat in M’s school lunch. She loves the surprise of finding her favorite Chocolate Chipper bar :).
  • Peanut Butter: Our household would not be complete with peanut butter. Everyone eats it on a daily basis.
  • Sunflower Seed Butter: M’s school is peanut free so I often make her sunflower seed butter sandwiches. She loves them.
  • Amy’s Black Bean Soup: M has started to really like soups. Her favorite’s are black bean and lentil vegetable.
  • Applesauce Crushers: M loves applesauce and I found these produce the least amount of mess :).
  • Craisins: We buy a value pack of Craisins. They are perfect for grab and go snacks.
  • Graham Cracker: Another kiddie favorite.
  • Justin’s Almond Butter Packs: When I know we will be out of the house for several hours, I like to pack these along with some crackers and veggies for a quick kiddie meal.
  • Pirate’s Booty: This list would not be complete without Pirate’s Booty. This is by far M’s favorite treat.

Not Pictured: GOLDFISH – The classic kid staple which we have an endless supply of in our house.


So there you have it. This is basically everything I buy for our little toddler. I’m sure there are items I forgot, but this is most of it. I hope this was helpful.

What food items do you buy for your kiddos?

15 Responses

  1. Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) said on January 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Looks very good for a toddler or even for me…:)

  2. Estela - Weekly Bite said on January 2, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Thank you Kelli 🙂

  3. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} said on January 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Meghan’s grocery list is similar to M’s. She doesn’t like hummus though. 🙁

  4. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga said on January 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Happy New Years and we could swap pantries with the kiddie foods 🙂

  5. Meme said on January 2, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Great ideas! thanks

  6. Estela - Weekly Bite said on January 2, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Happy New Year Averie :))

  7. emily (a nutritionist eats) said on January 3, 2012 at 10:40 am

    You are such an amazing mother – and SO organized!! I love that M dips everything in hummus, so CUTE!

  8. Estela - Weekly Bite said on January 3, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Thank you Emily 🙂 My organization skills are an ongoing process 🙂

  9. Lindsay @ Chobani said on January 3, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Estela- can you pack lunch for us, too?! 🙂 Thanks for including Champions for M, and so thrilled to hear it’s #1! Have you tried our new Orange Vanilla and Vanilla Chocolate Chunk flavors yet?

  10. Weekly Bite said on January 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Hi Lindsay,
    We haven’t tried the new flavors yet. They haven’t made it our stores yet. We’ll keep a lookout for them 🙂

  11. Kate said on January 3, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Oh dear, all that hummus dipping makes me want hummus! I think I’ll go make some right now…

  12. What a great stash of healthy treats! I can see why your toddler loves her lunches. I’m especially digging all the fresh fruits and veggies. Such a great way to help her get the fiber she needs on a regular basis.

  13. Weekly Bite said on January 4, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Thank you Kati 🙂

  14. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on January 4, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    That is an amazing list! I actually needed some ideas for Jay. I think I’m going to just show him this post and have him pick some things out. He has to look cool at lunch time at school and I think I come up with lame mom ideas. You seem to have a pretty impressive list to choose from!

  15. Estela - Weekly Bite said on January 4, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Aww… Thank you Sarena 🙂