I think it goes without saying that I love being a mom. I always knew I wanted to be one, and having Abbie only confirmed what I always knew. What I don’t always love, however, are the tasks that come with being a mom. Like laundry, cleaning poop, and figuring out what Abbie’s going to eat for lunch.
Sometimes I have the hardest time filling her lunchbox. After dinner each night, I can feel the pressure to fill it. What can Abbie eat the next day? Will she eat what I put in there? Will she have enough food or still be hungry.
Oh, Mom problems.
Thankfully, I think I’ve finally got it down to a good plan each day. (Of course, now that I’ve said that, she’ll go crazy on me and want different things.) Curious? Here’s how her lunches and snacks look.
I use a bento box for her lunch with 4-5 silicone cupcake liners to separate out her food. It works pretty well since they’re easy to clean and if one gets lost, it’s not a huge deal (I have a set of 12).
Usually, Abbie gets two fruits, a protein, and a grain or vegetable. I try to make sure I make meals that are going to work in her lunch. In the picture above (clockwise from top left), she has chicken, grapes, mandarin oranges, butternut squash, and roasted potatoes.
In addition to her box, Abbie gets a container of homemade yogurt. Lately, she’s been giving us a hard time about eating it. I think she was looking for it to be sweeter, so I pureed some frozen berries with a little bit of water and mixed it in – girlfriend LOVES it. I love that I gave her a little bit of sweetness without adding sugar (win for Mom).
Abbie also gets two bottles of whole milk, and I fill her snack tower. We got this tower in one of her Citrus Lane boxes a while back…and we use it EVERY day.
I’m trying to get away from buying so many “baby” snacks, but on this day, Abbie had Cheerios, puffs, lil’ crunchies, and pretzel sticks.
Now does Abbie eat all this every day? Not by a long shot. It’s always interesting to open her lunchbox when she gets home and see how she ate, and gives me a feel on what she does and doesn’t like. She is really a pretty good eater, but definitely has a bit of a sweet tooth, just like her mommy.
I’m always looking for new ideas, and I’m sure you are too, so here’s a rundown of the things that appear in her lunches on a regular basis!
Lunch – Meat, Starch, and Veggies:
- Pasta with pesto
- Pizza strips
- Fresh mozzarella
- Beans (cannellini and black)
- Rice or Risotto
- Mandarin Oranges
- Peaches (can’t wait for them to come back in season!)
- Lil’ Crunchies
- Animal Crackers
- PB Crackers
What do you like to put in your toddler’s lunch? Any suggestions for us to try?