Toddler Meal and Snack Ideas for the Picky Eater

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Is your toddler a picky eater and you’re tired of feeding them the same thing over and over again?  We have 3 little ones in our home ages 10 months, 3 years and 4 years and you know how tough it is to get them to try a variety of foods?  This list below has been tried and proved with my 3 little munchkins and I know your toddlers and kids will love the selection too.  Consider checking out these 20 toddler meal and snack ideas.


Smoothies – These are the perfect breakfast food or snack ideas for any toddler. You can also make it for yourself, which is a double win.

Fruit Filled Pancakes – If your toddler is tired of regular pancakes, try filling the pancakes with something like fruit. You can put blueberries, strawberries, or any other fruit you like. It might take some time to find out which fruit your toddler prefers though.

Muffins – Muffins are fairly simple to make and you can make a variety of them for your toddler. Consider freezing some so you can just pull it our when you’re ready.

Scrambled Eggs – Making eggs for your toddler is so easy, but when you scramble them you’re making it easier for them to eat. You can add cheese or veggies to the eggs, to make them even tastier.

Fruit Filled Jello – Why not? If you can’t find anything else for your toddler to eat for breakfast, try fruit filled Jello.


Butter Pasta – Does your child have a hard time eating things like sauce? Try making simple buttered pasta for them.

Homemade Mac & Cheese + Turkey Dogs – You can make your toddler’s favorite meal a little healthier. Try making homemade mac and cheese plus using turkey dogs.

Diced Chicken – It’s so easy to make hotdogs, but consider making diced chicken for your little one. You can stick a chicken in the crock pot and then cut up little pieces. Serve with boiled carrots and fresh fruit.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Crackers – If your want to give your child a really easy lunch idea, then peanut butter & jelly crackers is awesome.  This is one lunch idea that they will get a little messy with, but it’s worth it.

Mini Burritos – Adults love burritos, so why wouldn’t a toddler? You can fill them with cheese and meat and zap them in the microwave or bake them in the oven.


Chicken Salad – Anything you can put on cracker or a slice of whole wheat bread is an awesome idea. Just make sure your chicken salad is really chopped up.

Grilled Ham & Cheese – Take some leftover ham and your toddler’s favorite cheese and make grilled ham and cheese. It’s so good and your toddler will love it. If they don’t like ham, then you can make it with turkey or whatever other meat your child likes. If they don’t like meat at all, you can leave it plain.

Spaghetti with Hotdogs – You may have seen this idea on Pinterest and it’s pure genius. Take your spaghetti noodles (uncooked) and put cut up hotdogs on the end. The spaghetti cooks with the hotdogs and everything expands and cooks together. It ends up looking really cool!

Homemade Chicken Tenders – Instead of making the chicken tenders really big, you’ll want to make them almost bite sizes. You can give your toddler a side of their favorite dipping sauce.

Chopped Salad – Toddlers can eat salad too! In fact, the more you introduce this sort of stuff to your toddler the more likely they are to like it later in life. Let them choose what veggies they put on their salad. You might have to do a little “chopping” to help the salad get into bite sized pieces.

Colored Noodles – Do you know how fun it is to eat colored noodles?  Just take your favorite colors and mix them together to create brightly color pasta.  See the step by step here.

Snack Ideas

Yogurt Parfait – Add plain/vanilla yogurt and you get to add fruit to it as well.

Granola bar—Make sure it’s soft enough, you can even make these yourself.

Cut up Fruit– Slice up bananas, apples, fruits, or pears, and let your toddler dig in.


Cheese– This is like the ultimate snack because it’s filling and fun to eat. You can even put it on little toothpicks to make it even more fun.  I tend to cube up my string cheese and add with a sliced of rolled ham onto these little Animal Food Picks.

Cheddar Cheese & Crackers – This one is always a hit with the kiddos.

Apple Slices and Yogurt – Yes, this is as yummy as it sounds.

Apple Slices and Peanut Butter Sandwich – This is a delicious treat for the little ones plus their getting protein.

Dried Cereal – Whatever kind of dried cereal you have in the house is perfect for a toddler snack.


All of these meal ideas are perfect for the toddler of your household. You’ll never have to worry about what to feed them again because you have this list on hand. What meal ideas would you add?

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