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24 easy and toddler-approved 3 year old lunch ideas based on what my 3 year old has actually been eating!

Are you wondering what can I feed my 3 year old for lunch? What can I put in my toddler’s lunch? These 24 easy lunch ideas can help!

Lunch time doesn’t have to be stressful or boring. I try to fill my 3 year old’s plate with fruits, veggies (try it with a dip, toddlers love dips!), and toddler favorites. I also find lunch time a good time to introduce new foods because it’s my boys’ best meal of the day.

If you are looking for more easy and simple toddler meal ideas, keep reading below!

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3 Year Old Feeding Supplies

Here are some of our tried and true favorite feeding supplies! Having the right gear can make meal time more fun and making feeding your toddler just a little bit easier.

3 Year old lunch plate at table.
  • Suction Plate – a great everyday plate made of non-toxic silicone,
  • Annova Toddler Silverware Set – this is a great set for toddlers who have graduated from plastic silverware. We love that these are extremely sturdy and have held up great in the dishwasher!
  • Elk & Friends Glass Toddler Cups – the best cups for milk, water, and smoothies! We love that these are made from glass instead of plastic and the silicone sleeve makes them toddler proof (we’ve had these for more than a year and never broke a single one).

Easy Toddler Lunch Ideas

Below are meal ideas and inspiration based on what my 3 year old toddler has been eating for lunch.

3 Year Old Lunch IDeas 1-4
  1. Ham & Cheese Pinwheels – a tortilla with ham, cheese, and spinach, rolled up and then cut into pinwheels. Side of strawberries and cucumbers with hummus.
  1. Grilled Turkey & Cheese – try changing up grilled cheese by adding turkey or using a bun instead of sandwich bread. Side of cucumbers, cheese, and peaches.
  1. Mini Pizza Bagels – make your own pizzas using mini bagels! My kids love olives, spinach and bell pepper. Side of kiwi, cucumbers, and shredded carrots with ranch.
  1. Pretzel Crackers & Turkey – like a homemade lunchable but with pretzel crisps instead of crackers. Side of blueberries, cucumber, and carrots with guac.

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Toddler Lunches 5-8
  1. Roast Beef Sandwich – a warm roast beef sandwich with melted cheese, side of sweet potato tots and grapes.
  1. Cucumber Cream Cheese Boats – mini cucumbers with the seeds scooped out and cream cheese spread inside. My kids love to top these with everything seasoning! Side of cheese, crackers, and strawberries.
  1. Chicken Nuggets – a toddler favorite and a great part of the lunch rotation. Side of salad with ranch and sweet potato tots.
  1. DIY Lunchable – don’t forget the simple lunch of cheese, crackers, and lunch meat! Toddlers love this and it can be made at home for a DIY version. Side of baby carrots and pears. For this style we lunch we love this Toddler Bento Box.

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  1. Chicken Fries – We recently tried these fun Earth’s Best Chicken Fries and are big fans! Definitely adding them to the lunch time rotation. Side of thinly sliced apples and mini chocolate chip cookies.
  1. Turkey Ranch Wrap – instead of a sandwich, try rolling up lunch meat, cheese, and ranch dressing in a tortilla. Side of strawberries, and baby carrots with hummus.
  1. Snack Plate – crackers, cheese, turkey, strawberries, veggies and hummus in our favorite Flower Divided Plate. (Use code EZPZ25LOVE to get 25% off $75+)
  1. Grilled Cheese – a toddler favorite, but make it fun using food cutters like this (our exact set isn’t available anymore). Side of strawberries and cucumbers.

Our favorite silicone suction plate: WeeSprouts Suction Plate

Toddler lunches 13-16
  1. Peanut Butter & Jelly – another toddler favorite made fun with food cutters like this (our exact set isn’t available anymore). Mix it up and try using different nut butters and different flavored jelly or even honey! Side of plums and pea snaps with hummus.
  1. Muffin Tin Snack Plate – serve lunch in a muffin tin with silicone muffin liners and pick your toddler’s favorite sides or snacks. We had a granola bar, pb&j mini bagel, mini pepper with cream cheese and everything seasoning, shredded cheese, grapes, and apples.
  1. Pita Chips + Cheese – a deviation from the standard cheese and crackers, side of cucumbers with cream cheese, and strawberries.
  1. Turkey & Cheese roll ups – peel string cheese and then roll up with sliced turkey. Side of ‘ants on a log’ and raspberries.

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Toddler lunches 17-20
  1. English Muffin Pizzas – make fun homemade mini pizzas using English muffins (or mini bagels). My toddlers love toppings like pepperoni, green pepper, and olives. This would also be a great way to introduce new foods on a familiar favorite like pizza. Side of kiwi, grapes, and baby carrots.
  1. Mini Stuffed Sweet Peppers – mini sweet peppers stuffed with cream cheese and everything seasoning on top. Side of grapes, cheese, and cherry tomatoes.
  1. Mac & Cheese – on of our favorite frozen meal is mac & cheese from KidFresh with hot dogs. Side of grapes, baby carrots, and cherry tomaotes.
  1. Sweet Potato Puffs – Alexia Foods sweet potato puffs with yogurt for dipping. Side of baby carrots and kiwi.

Our Favorite Toddler Cups: Elk & Friends Glass Toddler Cups

4 toddler lunch plates
  1. Pasta Salad – I love to whip up a quick and easy pasta salad with ranch, cheese, olives, and diced tomatoes. Perfect to make ahead and serve cold! Side of raspberries and pretzel sticks.
  1. Corn Dog – our favorites are Applegate corndogs! Served with side of snap peas and hummus and diced pears in 100% juice.
  1. Egg Salad Sandwich – our favorite egg salad recipe that is toddler friendly with greek yogurt for added protein! Side of carrots with cream cheese and everything seasoning for dipping and grapes.
  1. Avocado Chicken Salad – another family favorite recipe served with a side of crackers for dipping, string cheese, and strawberries.

Toddler Lunch Ideas for 3 Year Olds

Here is a quick breakdown of 24 easy toddler lunch ideas perfect for 2-4 year olds (based on what my toddlers actually eat for lunch).

  1. Ham & Cheese Pinwheels
  2. Grilled Turkey & Cheese
  3. Mini Pizza Bagels
  4. Turkey & Crackers
  5. Roast Beef Sandwich
  6. Cucumber Cream Cheese Boats
  7. Chicken Nuggets
  8. DIY Lunchable
  9. Chicken Fries
  10. Turkey Ranch Wrap
  11. Snack Plate
  12. Grilled Cheese (w/ Carrots)
  13. PB&J
  14. Muffin Tin Snack Plate
  15. Pita Chips & Cheese
  16. Turkey & Cheese Roll Up
  17. English Muffin Pizza
  18. Mini Stuffed Sweet Peppers
  19. Mac & Cheese
  20. Sweet Potato Puffs (w/ yogurt dip)
  21. Pasta Salad
  22. Corn Dog
  23. Egg Salad Sandwich
  24. Avocado Chicken Salad

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