toddler lunchboxes: Toddler having Enfa milk and veggie sticks

Picture this: your toddler eagerly opening their lunchbox to discover a treasure trove of delicious delights waiting to be savoured. From colourful fruits to bite-sized sandwiches, each item is carefully curated to tantalise their taste buds and nourish their growing bodies. Join us as we unravel the secrets to creating fun and nutritious lunchboxes that will have your toddler eagerly anticipating mealtimes every day! Discover how to incorporate a variety of flavours and textures that will keep them excited about eating healthy foods.

As your child transitions into the toddler years, their nutritional needs evolve alongside their growth and development. Toddlers are known for their newfound independence, curiosity, and, of course, their ever-changing taste preferences. Crafting well-balanced toddler lunchboxes becomes a delightful challenge, where nutrition meets creativity.

In this article, we'll discuss:

Fueling Toddler Lunchbox Adventures: Crafting Nutritious Lunch Plans for Growing Toddlers

Toddlers are no longer the tiny bundles we coo at whenever we get the chance. At this age, they are developing their personalities, preferences, and motor skills, so life with them can be quite chaotic.

Moreover, as their physical activity increases,1 their need for energy and essential nutrients does as well. Understanding this transition is crucial in building a lunch plan that not only meets their nutritional needs but also aligns with their growing sense of independence.

Understanding Toddler Nutritional Needs

If we want to encourage our little ones to explore and discover their surroundings, we need to provide them with the following nutrients:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid), which contribute to brain development2 

  • MFGM (Milk Fat Globule Membrane) is another essential component found in breast milk and is believed to support cognitive function3 

  • Prebiotics for good digestive health4 

  • Calcium and vitamin D for strong bones5

  • Zinc for immunity5

  • Iron, for growth and development 5

Of course, we have to ensure our toddler lunchboxes include a variety of proteins, carbohydrates, and healthy fats to fuel their growth.

Complement their meals with fortified milk like Enfagrow Pro A+, which is a great starter formula for toddlers. The Enfagrow Pro A+ milk formula contains a unique combination of nutrients necessary for total mental and physical growth, including MFGM³ (Milk Fat Globule Membrane) and DHA² for brain and eye development. It now also contains 2'-FL, which has been supplemented with Iron and Zinc to strengthen natural defences, as well as Prebiotic FOS to promote the growth of beneficial Bifidobacteria for a healthier digestive tract. Furthermore, it contains no added sugar. 


Building a Balanced Toddler Lunch6

How do you assemble a healthy plate for your child? A well-rounded toddler lunch involves balancing food groups and controlling portions.

Aim to incorporate a mix of fruits and vegetables on half of your little one’s plate; the more variety, the better. Then, split the other half for whole grains (bread, rice, pasta, etc.) and lean protein like fish, poultry, and eggs. You may also give them small portions of red meat from time to time. Finally, dairy, specifically in the form of good starter milk, should be included as well.6,7

As your toddler grows or if you see an increase in their physical activity, you may also need to increase their portions accordingly. 

Portion control is key to preventing overeating while ensuring your toddler receives the right amount of calories and nutrients. Create a colourful plate, introducing a variety of textures and flavours to engage their developing taste buds.


Creative and Nutritious Toddler Lunch Ideas

With the right presentation, lunchtime can be an exciting adventure for toddlers. So, why not try the following toddler lunch ideas?

  • Consider the bento box approach, offering small portions of different types of food in separate compartments. 

  • Finger foods are always a hit, easy to grasp and perfect for tiny hands. 

  • Tailor the lunch to your toddler's favourites, creating a personalised experience that encourages exploration and enjoyment.

Whatever presentation you choose, a quick guide to keep in mind is to choose 2 kinds of vegetables, 1 kind of fresh fruit, 1 healthy protein, 1 whole grain, and, of course, dairy, for your toddler lunchboxes. 8 


Easy-to-Prepare Toddler Lunch Recipes

Looking for healthy and enjoyable toddler lunchboxes? Well, you can seldom go wrong with simple sandwiches and wraps, finger foods with dips, and smoothies!

Here are some sample recipes to get you started:

Sweet Corn Chicken Patty 9


  • 200g minced chicken

  • 1 pc tau kwa 

  • 1 cup sweet corn kernels 

  • 1 onion cut into cubes

  • 2 stalks of spring onions, finely chopped

  • 2 tbsp of oil 

  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce

  • ½ tsp light soy sauce

  • 1 dash of pepper 

  • ½ tsp sesame oil

  • 3 tbsp cornflour 


  1. Mash the Tau Kwa and mix it thoroughly with minced chicken, onions, and spring onions.

  2. Incorporate seasoning and sweet corn kernels, ensuring an even mixture.

  3. Form the mixture into small patties.

  4. In a frying pan, heat oil and pan-fry the patties until they turn a golden brown colour on both sides.

  5. Serve the golden-brown sweet corn chicken patties on a bed of lettuce.


Veggies and Dip10

Slice cucumbers, celery, carrots, and/or bell peppers into sticks and plate them with a small portion of low-fat dressing. This savoury snack is convenient to prepare ahead of time—simply cut the vegetables and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Don’t forget to serve with protein, whole grains, and dairy. 

Here are more recipes you can play around with for your toddler lunchboxes: 

Chicken and Cheese Sandwich Wraps

Make an easy sandwich or wrap with the following ingredients: 

  • Whole-grain tortilla (whole wheat bread is also great)

  • Chicken slices

  • Cheese

  • Sliced veggies (e.g., cucumbers, bell peppers)

  • A little bit of mayo or ketchup (or both) for flavour

Berry Blast Smoothie

In a blender, mix the following: 

  • Mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)

  • Banana

  • Greek yogurt

  • Milk or a dairy alternative

  • A drizzle of honey for sweetness

Ants on a Log Finger Food

First, prepare the following:

  • Celery sticks cut into bite size pieces

  • Peanut butter

  • Raisins 

Simply spread the peanut butter over the celery sticks and sprinkle raisins on top! 

Adjust the portions and begin with small servings to first see if your child likes them. Don’t forget that milk is an important part of a toddler diet. To meet their daily intake, join our Enfamama A+ club to get the free samples packed with nutrients to support their physical and cognitive development. Get yours now!


Overcoming Picky Eating Habits11

Introducing new foods to a picky eater can be challenging, but involving them in the process can make a significant difference. Take them grocery shopping and let them choose fruits or vegetables they want for their toddler lunchboxes. Involve them in meal preparation, too, whether it's spreading peanut butter on a sandwich or arranging items in a bento box. 

Make mealtime a positive experience by avoiding pressure and creating a relaxed atmosphere. Turn food exploration into a game, making it fun for your toddler to try new things.



Toddler meal planning involves a blend of nutrition, creativity, and patience. Toddlers are unique individuals with distinct preferences and needs, and tailoring their meals accordingly can make lunchtime an enjoyable experience for us, parents and our little ones. 

Remember to experiment with different foods, presentations, and involve your toddler in the process. As your child continues to grow and develop, adapting their lunch plan will become an on-going and rewarding journey. Embrace the adventure of nourishing your toddler's body and mind, one balanced and delicious lunchbox at a time.

Help your growing toddlers enjoy nutritious meals paired Enfagrow Pro A+ Stage 3 formula milk. Try the Enfagrow Pro A+ Stage 3 sample now to reap the benefits of its unique nutritional combination, which includes MFGM (Milk Fat Globule Membrane) and DHA for brain and eye growth. Discover the additional 2'-FL, Iron, and Zinc, which promote natural defences, as well as Prebiotic FOS with no added sugar for a healthy digestion.


Frequently Asked Questions on Toddler Nutrition

Not sure what to feed and how to encourage healthy eating in your kids? Learn more here.

Is toddler nutrition the same as nutrition for small children? 

Toddler nutrition varies from that of small children. Toddlers have increased energy needs and are more independent in their food choices. It is essential to diversify their diet and adjust portion sizes accordingly.5 

May I add a little bit of sugar to my toddler's meals to encourage them to eat?  

It's advisable to limit added sugars in toddler meals, as they can contribute to unhealthy eating habits and may not encourage long-term healthy eating patterns.12

Is milk still an important part of a toddler diet? 

Yes, milk remains an important part of a toddler's diet,6 providing essential nutrients like calcium and vitamin D crucial for bone development. Milk is also a healthy source of nutrients that cater to their cognitive health, such as DHA(Docosahexaenoic Acid), and MFGM (Milk Fat Globule Membrane).

My toddler is a picky eater, is it normal? 

Picky eating is common among toddlers as they explore new tastes and textures; patience and introducing a variety of foods can help foster a positive attitude towards eating.13


Related articles:

  1. Baby's First Food in Singapore: Everything You Need To Know

  2. Help Your Child Develop Their EQ

  3. 3 Ways MFGM Improves Early Childhood Development

  4. Feeding frustrations: Understanding picky eaters


Expert Resource:
Dr. Veena Angle
MBBS, MD (Medical Doctor)
CMPP (Certified Medical Publication Professional), Singapore

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