Toddler Daycare Food

These days I am constantly brainstorming a list of good, healthy finger foods that I can send with my 15-month-old daughter to daycare.  It seems that all the parents I know are in the same boat, so I thought I would write down my current list of daycare foods.  My daughter eats breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack at daycare on the 3 days she goes, so I need to pack a lot of food.  Here is my list of ideas, though on any given day, I usually send only a small handful of things from the list.

  • Butternut squash – boiled
  • Spaghetti squash – baked
  • Carrots – steamed
  • Broccoli – steamed
  • Green beans – steamed
  • Asparagus – broiled
  • Potatoes – boiled
  • Sweet potatoes – boiled
  • Yellow squash – steamed (not a huge hit)
  • Zucchini – steamed
  • Eggplant – steamed
  • Cucumbers
    • Cucumbers with hummus for special days, though it’s messy!
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Mushrooms, raw
  • Peas – I pull them out of the freezer and dump them right into her daycare container the night before, next day lunch they’re thawed
  • Veggies from random leftovers, like soup
  • Beans – softened in saucepan
    • Black beans
    • Cannellini beans
    • Garbanzo beans
  • Falafel, cut
  • Sliced almonds
  • Shredded chicken – made in crockpot
  • Shredded beef – made in crockpot
  • Meat from random leftovers – like taco meat or chili meat
  • Salmon, grilled
  • Cod, grilled
  • Shrimp, stir-fried and sliced
  • Meatballs – Baked and cut up (I have a recipe I need to post that uses a lot of spinach)
  • Homemade waffles – torn into pieces
  • Homemade pancakes – torn into pieces
  • Whole wheat bread – torn into pieces
  • Whole wheat pasta – boiled
  • Veggie enriched pasta – boiled
  • Kiwi, cut
  • Strawberries, cut
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Oranges, peeled, pulled into slices, and cut
  • Grapefruit, peeled, pulled into slices, and cut
  • Cheese – pretty much every kind that exists including goat cheese

As of right now, this is my list.  I keep trying to brainstorm more ideas, so if you have them, please comment and share!


Almost Paleo Brownies

My mom recently introduced me to this recipe when I was visiting her in Seattle and it is good!  The brownies are made with black beans, but you can’t tell at all.  These are healthy, not too sweet, and delicious.  They are also surprisingly easy to make.  I always preheat the oven when I begin baking and my goal is to finish mixing by the time the oven is preheated, but I usually fail.  Not this recipe; I was ready to go way before the oven was preheated!  I have a feeling I’ll be making these a lot!  Also, I call them “almost Paleo” because they are made with black beans, but whenever I eat Paleo, I eat beans.  Cutting out beans seems a little unnecessary since they are healthy!  Hope you enjoy this great recipe!


Almost Paleo Brownies


1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

3 eggs

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/3 cup olive oil

1/3 cup honey

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla

Chopped walnuts to top


  • Place all ingredients except walnuts in food processor and process.
  • Grease a 9×9 glass pan.
  • Pour mixture into pan and top with chopped walnuts.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.


Thanks to my mom for this great recipe!


The 10 Weeks of Chili, Week 6: White Chicken and Beans Chili

I realized that I seemed to start this series with the nontraditional chili recipes.  I believe the next 4 are all pretty standard, so this is the last nontraditional one.  This recipe was good, but a little spicy for me.  My 1 year daughter loved it!  So I guess that is saying something 🙂


White Chicken and Bean Chili

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