A.J. asks from Irwin, PA on June 08, 2009
Looking for Cold Toddler Meals for Daycare
Hi everyone! Can you please share your idea for cold meals that I can send to daycare for my 14 month old? Now that we're moving up to the toddler room, it's requested that we send a cold meal that the toddler can eat by themselves.....and i'm stuck. since we aren't doing peanut butter yet, i don't have many ideas for cold finger foods. Any thoughts????
T.M. answers from Allentown on June 09, 2009
hi A. ,
- my daughter LOVED deviled eggs . make a dozen . pack up 1 a day . let family eat the rest .
easy.healthy [ if eggs are ok]
-dipp'n sauce in a small tupperware of ranch dress'n , tuna salad [ just a tad] etc. be ceative add long sliced bagel ti dip .... yum .
- small baggie of mandrin oranges, peaches, banana,
fresh fruit . yummmm
100 of things to feed a child ... ask grammy ... they had no lunch rooms when they went to school ... brown bag everyday !
S.B. answers from Philadelphia on June 09, 2009
Grapes & cheese! My son eats this almost everyday. Cut the grapes in half & buy a block of cheese & cut it into small cubes or strips. You can try different kinds of cheese. My son's favorites are american & cheddar & mozzarella. He does not like swiss or provolone. Cheeses are great for meals b/c they have protein & calcium & are easy to eat. You also can do other fruits. My son loves: strawberries, watermelon, kiwi. He also like apples & oranges, but those are harder to prepare in advance. You can also cube chicken breast if you cook that for dinner the night before.
K.N. answers from Pittsburgh on June 09, 2009
Lunchables are a great idea although they can be quite expensive. I would buy a pound of lean lunch meat, some cheese and some Mini Ritz Bits crackers. Cut the cheese into bite size cubes. Also grapes (cut in half), banana, apple, watermelon are all good things to get your baby started on. My kids love ham, cheese, crackers and fruit for lunch. It's very affordable and healthy. Good luck.
A.S. answers from Philadelphia on June 09, 2009
we do yogurt every day (as another mom mentioned), fruit, jelly sandwiches, cheese sandwiches, cheese & turkey sandwiches, even a Nutrigrain cereal bar (we do chicken fingers, hot dog, fish sticks, & meatballs, but they all get heated up at school); plus we do 1 additional carb (goldfish, pretzels, ritz crackers, cheese its, etc.)
M.M. answers from Philadelphia on June 09, 2009
you can try apple butter sandwiches. My son loved them. They also sell lunchables with cut up ham and turkey and little teddy grahms. Or you could dice up turkey or ham. Jelly and creamcheese is good too, since no peanut butter yet.
L.S. answers from Lancaster on June 09, 2009
I used to send in ham and cheese without bread. I also used to send in cheese and crackers. kids don't eat that much so it doesn't have to be a sandwich. fruit and/or veggies are a good option too. my daugher ate peanut butter so sometimes i'd send half a sandwich or make pb cracker sandwiches.
D.S. answers from Philadelphia on June 09, 2009
Gabby's only 11 months old but I make her cold meals everyday that don't require heating - she eats all of these items cold: mac n cheese, turkey meatballs, chicken fingers, veggies, slices of cheese, organic lunchmeat, grilled cheese sandwich cut up. Hope this helps! and good luck
B.W. answers from Erie on June 09, 2009
have you done eggs yet ? tuna fish? You can make sandwiches out of them, or deviled eggs, which are kind of fun. baloney and cheese ? turkey sandwiches ? ham ?
K.W. answers from Williamsport on June 10, 2009
My youngest daughter is almost 1 year old and she likes to eat bread and veges. We do beets and carrots (they are in slices as they are canned) and I cut them into quarters. She also likes cottage cheese. Oh, and she likes other kinds of cheese cut into little pieces. Just started giving her ham and bologna cut into little pieces too.
Make sure you cut the food yourself at home and put it in bowls or zippy bags for the staff to put on plates. I worked at a daycare and lunch time was crazy. We had to heat their food. Some even brought "quick" microwavable meals. Real great if you want all the sodium and are home with one or two. But try heating all that for 10-12 kids. By the time you get everything warmed up the first ones are cold again. Wish they requested cold meals there too.
M.R. answers from Philadelphia on June 11, 2009
Hello A., My name is M. and I am a licenced home childcare provider. I am aware of the issues with packing lunches most childcare centers do not cook meals and have the parents pack lunches for their children. I have discussed this very issue at meetings as to the nutrition that kids need and with packing lunches this is very hard to do. Meals are important and I know as a parent that good food choices and eating habits are formed early in life. I feel that cooking breakfast and a hot lunch are very beneficial. Cold foods are limited and can make children not want to eat and then you worry if they are hungry all day. If childcare centers dont have time to heat them up their lunch then maybe you should exploe your options and look for a good home daycare that will feed your child the way you would at home. When parents work you worry enough about them being cared for and loved and to pack a lunch is an added expence. I as a mom and a chilcare provider can understand why you want the best for your child and to make sure that they are eating healthy. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me, ###-###-#### Thanks M.