Meal time for one year olds can be an adventure! It’s a great time to start introducing your little one to a variety of different foods.
As busy parents, we also want meals that are easy to make.
If you are looking for easy and delicious meal ideas for even the pickiest eater, this list is for you!!
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Breakfast meal ideas for a one year old
- waffles, strawberries
- pancakes, banana, blueberries
- yogurt with sliced fruit
- Scrambled eggs, toast
- apple oatmeal, toast
- banana bread, raspberries
- Dry cereal, blueberries
- toast with peanut butter, grapes
- banana with peanut butter, strawberries
- strawberry banana smoothie, toast
- Nutri-grain bar, yogurt
- biscuits and gravy, pears
- bacon, scrambled eggs
Snack ideas for a one year old
- apple sauce
- ritz crackers
- cheese cubes
- gerber puffs
- graham crackers
- saltine cracker with peanut butter
- dried cranberries
- spoon of peanut butter
On the go snack ideas for a one year old
- apple sauce pouches
- yogurt pouches
- cheese crackers
- orange slices
- teddy graham crackers
- whole grain cookies
- nurtri-grain bars
- veggie straws
Lunch meal ideas for a one year old
- peanut butter and jelly sandwich, orange slices
- macaroni and cheese, grapes
- fish sticks, peach slices
- cheese quesadilla, diced mango
- chicken nuggets, green beans
- ham and cheese sandwiches, cheddar crackers
- grilled cheese, tomato soup
- chicken noodle soup, saltine crackers
Dinner meal ideas for a one year old
- cheeseburger, fries
- hamburger macaroni, peas
- spaghetti, corn, buttered bread
- chicken tenders, tater tots
- Tater tot caserole, green beans
- Meatballs with gravy, mashed potatoes
- baked chicken, broccoli
- hot dogs, grapes
Food safety for one year olds
There are a few things to remember when it comes to safety. Some foods need to be cut into smaller pieces to prevent choking. Start with small bite sized pieces to make sure your child can handle it.
How much food does a one year old need?
The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates 1 year olds need 900 calories everyday. This might fluctuate depending on each child, but this is definitely the goal to aim for.
Because they have smaller tummies, it’s also recommended to space those out into 3 meals and 2 snacks.
- Kids Portion Plate (to help you balance the right amounts of foods in your toddler’s diet)
Hopefully this helps give you some more meal ideas to introduce to your child. The more you introduce, the better chance they will like more stuff as they get older.