50+ vegetarian toddler lunchbox ideas

Lucy and Winnie started school last week! We are a vegetarian (sometimes pescetarian) household so all lunches we pack the girls have no meat. Before the school year even started, I  found myself in a bit of a rut packing the same ol’ thing every day for lunch at summer camp and our nanny share. I asked you guys on Instagram for some vegetarian lunch ideas and got SOOO many good ideas and tips! Below, you can find all of the ideas compiled by type, plus a quick list of other accounts / resources when it comes to toddler food. Hope this helps! 🎒

MAINS

  • Hardboiled eggs
  • Nut butter alternative sandwich (most people recommend sun butter; we use granola butter from Oat Haus) with honey or jam
  • Hummus tortilla roll-up
  • Cream cheese sandwich or tortilla roll-up (with jam or cucumbers)
  • Quesadilla
  • Veggie burgers
  • Waffles/Pancakes with nut butter alternative
  • Falafel bites
  • Leftovers: tofu + rice, noodles, mac+cheese, etc.

VEGGIES

  • Roasted chickpeas
  • Edamame
  • Avocado
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Cucumber
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Black beans

FRUIT

  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Oranges
  • Clementines
  • Blueberries
  • Apples
  • Kiwi
  • Watermelon
  • Pineapple
  • Applesauce

DAIRY

  • String cheese
  • Babybel cheese
  • Cottage cheese
  • Yogurt
  • ‘Cracker cut’ (pre-sliced) cheese (usually served with crackers!)

INDIVIDUALLY PACKAGED SNACKS

OTHER IDEAS/ADD-ONS:

  • Olives
  • Pretzels
  • Muffins
  • Crackers
  • Popcorn
  • Snap Pea Crisps
  • Veggie Straws
  • Ants on a log (celery + PB alternative + raisins)
  • Dried fruit – mangos, strawberries, raisins, etc.
  • Stuffed dates (with goat cheese or peanut butter alternative)

SHOP

Here’s the lunchbox we use and here’s the water bottle we use for school!

MORE GREAT RESOURCES/IDEAS!

@kids.eat.in.color
@feedinglittles
@yummytoddlerfood
@mommasociety‘s lunchbox print-out ideas!

Here’s an example lunch I recently packed for Lucy!

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