Lunch Ideas for Truly Picky Eaters

Toddler lunch ideas | Food ideas for picky eaters | Tot lunch | Re-Played Recycled Children's Tableware

Do a simple Pinterest search for toddler lunch ideas.  I dare you.

Your screen will be flooded with pictures of magazine-worthy lunches that appear to be prepared by world class chefs and styled by professional food stylists.  I think these lunches are ridiculous, but not for the reason you’re thinking.

I find these Pinterest lunch ideas ridiculous, not because of the time put into meticulously creating them, but because of the ingredients.  Does your tot eat zucchini noodles and cherry tomatoes?  How about hard boiled eggs?  Does you toddler nosh on those?

Mine does not.  And if you, like me, have a truly picky eater, I’m sure you share my frustration.  

Today I’m giving you an insider’s peek at my list of lunch ideas for picky eaters, along with my favorite recycled children’s tableware to serve them on.  

Toddler lunch ideas | Food ideas for picky eaters | Tot lunch | Re-Played Recycled Children's Tableware

Lunch Ideas for Truly Picky Eaters:

  • Bagels
  • Pretzels
  • Bananas
  • Grapes
  • Applesauce pouches
  • Babybel cheese
  • String cheese
  • Veggies + homemade ranch
  • Turkey meatballs
  • Apples
  • Clementines
  • Triscuits
  • Watermelon
  • Chicken nuggets
  • Chips + guacamole
  • Pita + hummus
  • Mac + cheese (we love Annie’s)
  • Grilled cheese

I’m a big believer in the power of appearance.  If you serve a fun lunch, on fun dishes, your kids are more likely to give new foods a try.  I have a Re-Play Complete Toddler Feeding Set for each of my kids.  For $25, the set includes:

  • 1 Divided plate
  • 1 Flat plate
  • 1 Bowl
  • 1 No-Spill Sippy cup
  • 1 Drinking cup
  • 1 Fork
  • 1 Spoon
  • 1 Snack Pod w/ lid

Toddler lunch ideas | Food ideas for picky eaters | Tot lunch | Re-Played Recycled Children's Tableware

Why I love Re-Play:

  • The divided plate is an excellent way to introduce new foods, serve dipping sauces, and prevent foods from touching each-other (parents of picky eaters, you know this is a big tantrum waiting to happen!)
  • It’s made in the USA of recycled parts
  • So extremely durable (very necessary with my kids who like to throw things!)
  • The sippy cup is one of the only ones I’ve found that is truly spill-proof
  • It’s dishwasher safe
  • PVC, BPA and phthalate free
  • FREE SHIPPING!

What your tricks to getting your picky eater to try new foods?

Toddler lunch ideas | Food ideas for picky eaters | Tot lunch | Re-Played Recycled Children's Tableware

12 thoughts on “Lunch Ideas for Truly Picky Eaters

  1. Ugh picky eaters! I have a four year old who ate everything until about 6 months ago and then decided he would give being picky a shot. Ugh. It’s so frustrating!
    Love your ideas. And we love our replay utensils and plates too!

  2. These look exactly like the lunches my toddler eats. We also love Annie’s Mac and Cheese. I’ve searched Pinterest for other ideas and often find myself laughing. She actually does love cherry tomatoes though. She pops them like candy! Ha

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