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August 25, 2011 6:40 AM Subscribe
What to send as a daycare lunch for a one year old?
posted by banjo_and_the_pork to Food & Drink (18 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
So I've read some similar AskMe threads, but they either skew towards slightly older kids or involve special restrictions that we don't have.
Our son is just about done with being spoon fed from the Stage 3 jars of baby food, one of our daycare ladies suggested that I start packing finger foods for his lunch. I... have not much of a clue what that should involve, and she had a couple of suggestions (mac & cheese, chicken nuggets), but I'm hoping for more ideas. He stole a chicken nugget from the daycare lady's own lunch yesterday, so I guess we know that he'll eat those.
He's one (almost 13 months, so on the younger side of one), and daycare provides snacks. Snacks are usually graham crackers, goldfish, cheese crackers, yogurt, Cheerios, and raisins... heavier on the carb/processed food side of things than I'd prefer, but with the blessing of our pediatrician, not worth making a fuss about. So I'm looking for lunch ideas that lean more on veggies and proteins.
Parameters: Lunch items need to be lunchbox-packable and easy for a one year old with 8 teeth to eat (no choking hazards, please). He has no allergies that we're aware of, but peanut butter is not yet allowed in daycare until one of the other kids has tried it and is declared allergy free. We're omnivores. Daycare has a microwave but no other way to cook food. I'm willing to do a bit of cooking the night before, but would prefer to keep it easy because I work all day and would rather have the evening time to hang with the little dude and husband. If there's something I can make on a Sunday night that would last for a few days' worth of lunches I'm totally open to that.