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February 25, 2023

What to Pack for Lunch at Preschool or Daycare?

By Bumo



For many of us, the daycare or preschool lunch is a chance for our kids to try new things. But for your child, it’s more than just an opportunity to try new foods – it’s also an important part of growing up and learning how to eat healthy foods. In order to make sure your kid gets the most out of his or her school lunch experience, here are some tips on what types of food should be included in their packed lunch:

It’s easy to get stuck in a lunch rut!

You can avoid getting stuck in a lunch rut by making sure you have a variety of foods. You can also make it fun by adding in healthy snacks!

  • Add some fruit or veggies to your child’s lunch bag. This will not only help them get their daily serving of fruits and veggies, but it will also keep things interesting!
  • Pack different kinds of sandwiches: ham-and-cheese, seedbutter and jelly (remember, many daycares do not allow nuts!). You can even try different types of bread like whole wheat or wheat gluten free varieties if your child prefers those types over white breads; or maybe even try using pita pockets instead of regular sliced breads for some variation. The point is that there are many options when it comes down packing lunches so don’t feel limited just because there aren’t any new ideas popping into mind right now!

Pack your child’s lunch the night before.

  • Pack your child’s lunch the night before.
  • Don’t do it in the morning.
  • Don’t do it right before you leave for school or daycare.
  • Don’t do it while your child is playing with his toys and distracting you from packing his lunch!

Keep it simple, but nutritious.

Keep it simple, but nutritious.

The key to packing a good lunch is variety. You want to include foods from all of the food groups: fruit and vegetables, protein (meat or cheese), grains (breads/cereal), dairy products (milk). A good rule of thumb is that your child should eat at least one serving of each group per day. When in doubt about what’s healthy for your kid? Don’t forget about water! It’s important too!

Also remember that while you’re packing lunches for preschoolers and daycare kids who are growing up fast, don’t forget about allergies or other dietary restrictions that may apply at home or school–especially if there are multiple children with different needs packed into one classroom!

Preschoolers need a variety of food groups, including fruits, vegetables and protein at lunchtime.

There are many benefits to packing your child’s lunch. It can be a fun way to bond with them, and it allows you to know exactly what they’re eating (and whether it’s healthy).

However, this process can also be stressful if you’re not sure what kind of food is best for preschoolers. Luckily, there are plenty of options for packing lunches that provide the right balance between fruits, vegetables and protein–all while avoiding excess sugar or salt.

Here are some ideas for what types of foods work well as part of a healthy diet:

  • Fruits like applesauce or yogurt cups (with no more than 10 grams per cup)
  • Vegetables such as carrot sticks or cucumber slices (no more than 1/4 cup per serving)
  • Protein such as hardboiled eggs (one egg), low-fat cheese sticks (3 oz.), turkey breast slices (2 oz.)


We hope we’ve inspired you to pack your preschooler’s lunch with more care and thoughtfulness. As you can see, there are so many options available! Nourishing foods like fruits, vegetables and protein-rich proteins will help them grow strong and healthy while also providing a variety of tastes that will keep their interest in eating high. The best part is that these foods are easy on the budget too–which means more money for other things like fun activities at daycare or school!

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