Coming up with ideas for what to feed the kids from breakfast through dinner (and those snack times in between!) can feel like such a challenge. To help, here are 7 days worth of healthy kids meal ideas.
Kids Meal Ideas
I know firsthand how it can often feel like you’re totally out of ideas for what to make the kids each day. The endlessness of feeding a family is real! Thankfully, I also know that simply seeing new ideas can help bust any of us out of a rut—so these seven sample days worth of kids meal ideas are here to help.
I’ve included a breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner for each day of a sample week. These are real meals and foods that I’ve served to my two year old, so know that you may need to adjust the specifics of how a food is served or the serving size for your own child. And I hope this is implied, but OF COURSE sub in similar prepared or purchased foods if and when you can’t make everything homemade.
How to Plan Kids Meals Step-by-Step
Before we jump into the specifics of each meal, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
- Aim for variety over the course of the day and the week. Some days your kids may want more of one food group and that’s okay if you adjust what comes on days after.
- Trust that your child knows their own hunger levels and don’t push extra bites if they truly aren’t hungry. (They’re the only ones in their bodies!)
- Stick to a set schedule of meal times and don’t let them graze in between. This is the best way to ensure that they’ll actually be hungry for meals.
- Depending on where your kiddo is with growth, hunger, and activity level, they may need or want a bedtime snack. That’s okay as long as they aren’t skipping dinner to get to a snack they prefer. If that’s happening, make the bedtime snack super boring—like a banana! Or save the rest of their dinner and offer it to them if they say they’re hungry before bed.
Kids Meal Ideas: Day 1
Breakfast: Waffles, Mango Yogurt Smoothie, berries
Morning Snack: Homemade Granola Bar (or a store bought one; add milk if needed)
Lunch: Frozen peas (or warm them up, if your kiddo doesn’t like them frozen!); Spinach and Cheese Pizza Roll; fruit leather
Afternoon Snack: Strawberry Banana Smoothie with Cauliflower
Dinner: Butternut squash ravioli; browned ground beef; sauteed zucchini
Kids Meal Ideas: Day 2
Breakfast: Strawberry Overnight Oats
Morning Snack: Spinach Banana Muffin (add milk as needed)
Lunch: Turkey, cheese, pureed peas and broccoli, mango
Afternoon Snack: Applesauce pouch
Dinner: 30-Minute Lentil Soup with veggies; savory scone or cornbread
Kids Meal Ideas: Day 3
Breakfast: French Toast, kiwi slices on lollipop sticks (so fun!)
Morning Snack: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Balls
Lunch: Bowtie Pasta with Kale Pesto; pickled beans; sliced grapes
Afternoon Snack: Strawberry Muffin (add milk if needed)
Dinner: Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders; rice noodles with butter or olive oil; tomatoes; green beans (or broccoli!)
Kids Meal Ideas: Day 4
Breakfast: Egg and cheese omelet; roll; grapes
Morning Snack: Hummus and toast (add milk if needed)
Lunch: Chickpea Pasta with Veggie-Loaded Marinara Sauce; raspberries
Afternoon Snack: Crackers and milk
Dinner: Mini Zucchini Burger with roll; Carrot Fries
Kids Meal Ideas: Day 5
Breakfast: Baked Oatmeal Cups; avocado; banana
Morning Snack: Kix (or other low sugar dry cereal); banana (if any left from breakfast or use a different fruit)
Lunch: Black Bean Quesadilla with corn and berries
Afternoon Snack: Mango Orange Smoothie with Yogurt
Dinner: Hard cooked egg; Boiled Beets; clementine; cheese
Kids Meal Ideas: Day 6
Breakfast: Oatmeal topped with hemp seeds, peaches (fresh or canned in light syrup), and milk
Morning Snack: Mini Banana Muffin (you could serve milk with this if desired)
Lunch: Snack plate (in a silicone mold)
Afternoon Snack: Zucchini slices baked until soft with pizza sauce and shredded mozzarella
Dinner: Alphabet pasta with peas and Spinach Pesto; cheese (or chicken or a little fish); cantaloupe
Kids Meal Ideas: Day 7
Breakfast: Plain whole milk yogurt, Applesauce Granola, cherries and diced peaches
Morning Snack: Simple Green Smoothie
Lunch: Toast, cheese, mango, tomatoes
Afternoon Snack: Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies and berries
Dinner: Pizza with tomato-based pizza sauce and spinach; applesauce; sliced cucumbers.
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