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What Do You Give Your Kids?: Kid-Friendly Food Ideas

Let’s be honest- when it comes to food, we often find ourselves falling into the pattern of giving our kids the same things over and over. And although little ones do love repetition (i.e. demanding Trolls on repeat, reading Good Night Moon for the 50th night in a row), we as parents desire to introduce a variety of foods to their palate. This intention can only go so far when we are staring blankly at the fridge deciding what to pack for the following day or when we are shuffling through the grocery store aisles with a little one screaming for the giant box of  rainbow gold fish (which, by the way,  you already have stocked up on at home). The reality is the mental work that goes into meal planning can be one more thing that needs to be thought about.

So, after having asked this question myself and after hearing so many other moms ask, “What do you give your kids?” I figured I’d sit down and make a list. Whether packing for school, daycare or preparing snacks and lunch for days at home, I hope this list gives you some inspiration, new ideas and things to incorporate into your weekly food rotation. 

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SNACK IDEAS

Hummus (and baby carrots, cucumber slices, pretzels, pita bread, etc.)

Cheese stick

Baby bell cheese

Cheese & crackers

Olives (black, Kalamata)

Fruit cup

Avocado toast (with a little butter and salt)

Cream cheese (on toast, cinnamon raisin bread, mini bagel, waffle)

Peanut butter/ almond butter/sunbutter (on banana slices, celery sticks, apple slices, crackers, mini bagels, English muffins,waffle, rice cake, graham crackers)

Veggies and blue cheese/ranch dressing

Z bar

Granola bar

Fruit bar

Trail mix

Raisins

Craisins

Yogurt covered raisins

Hard boiled egg

Avocado (with salt, pepper, lime juice)

Yogurt/Greek yogurt (with cut up fruit/granola)

Fruit/veggie pouch

Frozen Go-gurt

Smoothies

Muffins

Apple sauce

Freeze dried fruit

Edamame

Cottage cheese (w. fresh fruit)

Guacamole (with pita chips, pretzel crisps, tortilla chips)

FRUIT IDEAS

Strawberries

Blueberries

Raspberries

Blackberries

Apple

Nectarine

Clementine

Tangerine

Orange slices

Grapes

Banana

Cantaloupe

Watermelon

Honeydew melon

Pomegranate seeds

Peaches

Pear

Fruit salad

Mango

Pineapple

VEGETABLE IDEAS

Baby carrots

Peas

Broccoli (with lemon and grated cheese or melted cheese)

Salad

Green beans

Riced cauliflower

Zucchini noodles (zoodles)

Red pepper slices

Cucumber slices

Sweet potatoes

Baked potato (with sour cream and butter)

Roasted potatoes

Corn on the cob

Corn

Cherry tomatoes

Homemade muffins with grated zucchini hidden in them

Smoothies with hidden veggies in them (kale, spinach)

LUNCH IDEAS

Earth’s Best Broccoli, Kale and Cheese Stuffed Bites

Chicken nuggets

Leftover dinner

Rotisserie chicken and rice

Scrambled eggs and breakfast sausage

Hard boiled eggs

Avocado slices (with lime, salt, pepper)

Turkey/ham and cheese roll-ups

Macaroni & cheese (with some added frozen peas)

Pasta with butter and grated cheese

Pasta salad

Tuna/egg salad sandwich

Grilled cheese

Pesto tortellini

PBJ/ Uncrustables

Sunbutter sandwich (with sliced banana)

Almond butter sandwich (with sliced banana)

Meatballs

Sausage

Chicken, cheese, black bean, refried bean quesadilla

Stuffed Bread (pepporoni, cheese, broccoli, spinach, sausage)

Chicken cutlet

Butternut squash ravioli

Mini ravioli with tomato sauce

Hotdog

Hamburger/Cheeseburger

Soup

Chili

Meatloaf

Pork

Taco meat with shredded cheese, sour cream, crunched up tortilla chips

Earth’s Best Veggie nuggets

Green Giant Veggie Tots

English muffin pizza

What do you give your kids?

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