A request was made for me to come up with a Kid's Lunch/Snack Meal Plan for a week. Now I have to say I am not a nutritionist or a child's diet expert, but here is what I have come up with and a lot of this is already in my preschooler's meal plan rotation. I have not put them in any specific day order, just make sure you have the ingredients on hand and let the child choose what they are in the mood for. Also I have to say that my son is a big eater, so you may find that some of the snacks are pretty large, honestly you just need to mix and match and experiment to find what works for you and your child(ren). I hope this gives inspiration to any of you Mom's out there that may have a "meal block" and if you have any of your own ideas or meal plans, please feel free to share; I'm always looking for new ideas!
Day 1 ~ Lunch - Grilled Cheese Sandwich with a slice of Turkey meat served with sliced Banana
Snack - Toast with Peanut Butter and Honey served with a yogurt
Day 2 ~ Lunch - English Muffin topped with Tomato Sauce, slice of Peperoni, sprinkle with Mozza - heat in oven
Snack - Banana slices topped with Peanut Butter and a Raisin served with Yogurt
Day 3 ~ Lunch - Soup with Crackers (my son likes Campbell's Tuscan meatball with Farfalle Pasta)
Snack - Cheese String and Mandarin Oranges in Pear Juice
Day 4 ~ Lunch - Shredded Cheese put in Flour Tortilla, fold over and nuke for 25 secs. serve with Mild Salsa and Grapes (we always eat this picnic style on our living room floor)
Snack - Granny Smith Apple cut into slices and Peanut Butter for dipping
Day 5 ~ Lunch - dice up 2 slices of Ham Sandwich meat, mix with 1/4 Cup Shredded Cheddar and 1 Tbs Mayo, spread onto slice of Bread and put on baking sheet in oven until melted serve with unsweetened Apple Sauce
Snack - Treat day! Teddy Grahams and Banana Slices served with Nutella to dip and Milk
Day 6 ~ Lunch - Carrot Raisin Rollup served with Dried Mango
Snack - unsalted Saltine Crackers topped with Cheese Whiz and served with Grapes
Day 7 ~ Lunch - Peanut Butter and Jam Sandwich served with a glass of MilkSnack - Trail Mix (we do Multigrain Cheerios, Shreddies, Craisins, Dried Blueberries and a few Dark Chocolate Chips)
Other great snack ideas are any kind of baking like Banana Bread, Muffins, Homemade Granola Bars, etc. The possibilities are endless and if your child loves to help in the kitchen, it becomes an activity too!