TODDLER MEAL PLAN – EASY, HEALTHY, DAILY, WEEKLY

A toddler meal plan is needed by every parent and we’ve got you covered with this easy, healthy, daily, weekly meal planner printable.

A daily toddler meal plan is crucial for several reasons.

necessary nutrients for their growth

Firstly, a structured meal plan ensures that your child receives the necessary nutrients for their growth and development daily. It helps in providing a well-balanced diet, covering essential food groups like fruits, vegetables, proteins, and grains.

Toddler Meal Plan
Healthy Cooking

Secondly, the simplicity of an easy-to-follow meal plan makes it manageable for us, parents and caregivers, to ensure that healthy and nutritious meals are consistently prepared. Think your child is left with their dad for a week – the only thing that your husband can prepare is a pack of mac and cheese. So, let’s try to be better than that. This not only saves time but also promotes a healthy eating routine that is beneficial for a toddler’s overall well-being and of course for us, parents, who eat the leftovers.

Healthy Eating Habits

Thirdly, weekly planning will allow you to plan a variety of meals, introducing different flavors and textures to expand a toddler’s palate. This variety not only contributes to their nutritional intake but also helps in developing healthy eating habits from an early age.

In summary, a toddler meal plan is indispensable for daily nutrition, ease of preparation, and the promotion of healthy eating habits throughout the week.

Weekly Toddler Meal Plan

So, instead of asking yourself everyday life-changing questions such as – what should I feed my toddler today and how much should my toddler be eating, it might be time to create your own easy, healthy daily and weekly toddler meal plan! To help you out, we share our sample kid-approved meal plan below with some healthy and easy meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Toddler meal plan printable with recipe cards, meal planner, grocery list and more!

Make sure to also check out our Weekly Toddler Meal Planner printable – it will make planning your kid’s meals so much easier. Make it vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free, it’s your choice. Most importantly, make it healthy for your kids and of course for yourself and your family!

Toddler Meal Plan Printable

Our printable includes templates for:

  • Weekly Meal Plan for Toddlers
  • Daily Meal Plan for Toddlers
  • Grocery List
  • Food Additives to Avoid (so that you can always can take a look at the ingredients label when grocery shopping). Source: HealthLine.
  • Recipe Card for Toddler Breakfast
  • Recipe Card for Toddler Lunch
  • Recipe Card for Toddler Dinner
  • Recipe Card for Toddler Snack.

You can edit our printable with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on desktop or mobile, or just print it out and write things down the classical way with a pen.


Sample Weekly Toddler Meal Plan

This sample meal plan with simple toddler meal ideas gives us a good structure for the week, so we can plan our time better. Additionally, it supports us to make good healthy choices at the grocery store. The meals are easy to prep and delicious!

weekly toddler meal plan winter

Most importantly, this plan saves us tons of time.

First, starting with deciding what to feed our toddler every day. That can be pretty exhausting and time-consuming, especially when we want to feed them something healthy that they will eat. Then, cooking…Hours and hours of cooking and then this little person at the table just says yucky. So, we kept it simple and made our lives easier and sweeter.

In summer or winter, I try to limit cooking to max 60 minutes a day altogether. Above all, 1 hour cooking time adds up to 365 hours in a year. Imagine, if you cook longer every day. To illustrate how bad it gets for me as a mom, I will just add to the cooking time, feeding time, and cleaning afterward. Huh. Sadly, that’s more time than the time I work out in a year. And I need to work out more! Time is currency and it irrevocably disappears with every moment. That’s something, we need to teach our kids and remind ourselves especially when are battling to feed them. 


Adjust The Meal Plan To Your Needs

So, this toddler meal plan is our realistic one, as Aiden is a very active toddler. We’ve been using it since he turned 2, now he is 2 1/2. If your little one is moderately active, check out these examples of well-balanced meal plans appropriate for moderately active children.

Please note, that we generally take into account the Food and Nutrient Recommendations of AAFP, however we are not nutritionists. Nevertheless, we feed our little ones as best as we can.

Our toddler meal plan should be used as an example of how to create your plan for your toddler. And of course, you can find all of the toddler meal recipes and try them all out here.

Recipes from our Toddler Meal Plan

Oatmeal recipes

Oatmeal is one of the best foods you can offer to your growing toddler. Whether they’ll still love it if they turn into picky eaters someday is a different question. Our solution was always to blend it until it tasted super creamy and rich. We have three favorites

  1. Banana Oatmeal
  2. Honey Butter Oatmeal
  3. Banana Yogurt Oatmeal

The fruit faces still help that this healthy goodness is eaten with fun at breakfast.

Pancakes recipes

Our little one loves pancakes. He does them almost on his own. Here are the best pancakes recipes, that we use to variate our toddler meal plan:

  1. Apple Oatmeal Pancakes (without walnuts)
  2. Banana Oatmeal Pancakes
  3. Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes
  4. Pumkin Oatmeal Pancakes

Soup recipes

  1. Salmon-Potato-Carrot-Soup
  2. Chicken Soup
  3. Meatball Soup
  4. Bean Soup

Dinner

  1. Chicken Risotto
  2. Beef, Red Kidney Beans and Corn Skillet
  3. Salmon Mac and Cheese
  4. 5-Min Homemade Mac and Cheese

Is it worth cooking for your toddler?

If you’re wondering, whether or not it is worth the time and effort to cook for your little one, the answer is simple. Oh, yeah!

Scientific research shows that a great deal of the brainโ€™s ultimate structure and capacity is shaped early in life before the age of 3 years. About 80%. Among the factors that influence early brain development, the provision of optimal nutrition in the first 1000 days of life stands out. So, it’s well worth preparing healthy meals for our little ones to help them grow smart and healthy.

If you enjoy the meals, make sure to check out our printable meal planner here and get started right away!

Happy Eating!

2 thoughts on “TODDLER MEAL PLAN – EASY, HEALTHY, DAILY, WEEKLY”

  1. Iva you are a lifesaver OMG I wish I saw this sooner ๐Ÿ™ but it’s never too late huh? Thank you very much ๐Ÿ™‚

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