Nourishing Meal Ideas for a Picky Threenager

I can’t believe that August is almost over and that next week is Labor Day! I know many of you have kids that are already back in school! But, our school year starts after Labor Day. In just over a week, our beloved Threenager will be transitioning to full-time preschool! I can’t hardly believe it!

One thing that I worry about most is making sure that he’s eating a nourishing meal for breakfast and lunch. He’s typically a good eater, but like other three year olds, he has very strong feelings (that change every other day, ha!) about what he wants or needs to eat.

I’m always looking for nourishing meal ideas that I know he’ll love and enjoying eating, especially at school. I stopped by our local Meijer to pick up some go-to items for breakfast and lunch during the school week. They’re household favorites for all of us and we all enjoy our meals!

Breakfast Sandwich & Green Smoothie


Our mornings are busy with getting ready for work and school, so one of our go-to breakfast choices is Jimmy Dean® Croissant Sausage Egg Cheese. The sandwiches make for a satisfying and nourishing breakfast for everyone in our family. It only takes a few minutes to warm up and it is great to eat with a green smoothie. It’s my way of making sure that the Threenager is getting all of his proteins, grains, dairy, and veggie servings in one meal!


Green smoothies are delicious and packed full of nutrients. It’s an easy and quick way to add a delicious compliment to your breakfast. We use different fruit and always add spinach to our smoothies. Here’s what you need for your green smoothie:


Green Smoothie Recipe

(Makes 3 – 8 oz servings)

  • (White) peach
  • Ripe banana
  • Orange
  • Pear
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple

Directions: Fill your mixer with the cup of water. Peel and slice up all of the fruit. Layer in the spinach and frozen pineapple. Keep layering in each of fruits: peach, banana, orange, and pear. Mix / Blend everything on medium-high setting for 3 minutes. Keep blending as needed until all of the ingredients are fully mixed in.

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Happy Threenager = Happy Mama

Bento Lunch Box

My favorite way to make lunches for school is a bento box. It’s quick and easy to prep and most importantly, Threenager-approved! Today’s school lunch is packed full of berries, crackers, greek yogurt, steamed broccoli, and tooth pick roll-ups with slow roasted turkey, colby jack cheese, and cherry tomatoes.

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I try to mix in a variety of different food items and offer options to make lunch enjoyable. Dinner time is almost always a battle, but his school lunches are almost always a hit! He loves the toothpick roll-ups! It’s a great way to pack in protein for his meal and a fun way to enjoy eating lunch at school, too!

With these breakfast and lunch meals, it’s one less thing I have to worry about as we get back into the busy-ness of the back to school season. I can’t believe that summer is over, but I’m definitely looking forward to getting back into our daily routine, too. At least, I know I won’t have to battle the Threenager for many meals during these school months.

Nourishing Meal Ideas For A Picky Threenager

Nourishing Meal Ideas For A Picky Threenager

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  1. I’ve been trying to find good ideas for healthy meals for my toddler….saving this for later! Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 8.29.16
  2. Emily wrote:

    This is my first year of making school lunches, so I need all the help I can get!

    I love the smoothie idea and the bento box assortment. The mini kabobs are a great idea. 🙂

    Posted 8.29.16
  3. jehava wrote:

    Love your ideas! So cute! I will definitely be using them!

    Posted 8.29.16
  4. Yes I love the lunch idea. I’m going to try that next week for my daughter’s lunch. We don’t eat processed foods.

    Posted 8.29.16
  5. Kiki wrote:

    Love these ideas! I have the pickiest 2 and 4 year old and the funniest part is that they eat total opposites of each other!

    Posted 8.29.16
  6. Gunjan wrote:

    Perfect timing. I so wanted lunch box food ideas. Thanks for sharing.

    Posted 8.29.16
  7. Logan wrote:

    I made my son some turkey sandwich meat and cheese on a pretzel stick and he loved it! I really like how you added a cherry tomato to yours! I will have to try that to sneak in some veggies!

    Posted 8.29.16
  8. cathy wrote:

    What great breakfast and lunch ideas! I love bento boxes! {client}

    Posted 8.29.16
  9. Rachel wrote:

    Love the bento box idea! I’m trying to be better about eating healthier – even as an adult!

    Posted 8.29.16
  10. Bella wrote:

    I love those little lunch boxes they are so cute!!! You make the best lunches for your kids! I will need to try making cute lunches for myself!

    Posted 8.29.16
  11. Pam Rote wrote:

    Green smoothie is HUGE in our house….keeps them going all day long!

    Posted 8.29.16
  12. I love Bento boxes! Perfect for meal prep!

    xoxo, CiCi

    Posted 8.29.16
  13. Renata wrote:

    I like the lunch idea, and smoothie. Definitely pinning!! Thank you for sharing.

    Posted 8.29.16
  14. Milena wrote:

    These are fantastic meals. We love our Bento boxes. I feel the kids eat better with them!

    Posted 8.29.16
  15. Brittany wrote:

    I’m trying these with Noellle. I’m at my wits end with her not eating!!! Thanks lady!

    Posted 8.29.16
  16. Chandler wrote:

    SUCH great tips! Thank you for this! My little boy is going to get a BIG surprise!

    Posted 8.29.16
  17. Yulissa wrote:

    That looks yummy! I have neever seen Bento box! Where I have been living! And I love love green smoothies.

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  18. val wrote:

    Totally need to try a bento box! Thankfully I don’t have to pack a lunch this year but it would probably be helpful at home, too 🙂

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  19. We love those green smoothies too!! A good way to ensure getting those fruits and veggies into their little tummies!

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  20. I would love to incorporate more healthy food into my life, and I’m pretty picky when it comes to eating. We’re going to be traveling later this year, and I want to lose a few lbs and be a little bit healthier! xx Adaleta Avdic

    Posted 8.29.16
  21. Love these ideas! My 14month old loves berries, but forsakes them for bacon every time

    Posted 8.29.16
  22. Cute pics. I can totally relate to picky kids. My little guy just turned 4. He’s super picky. I used to do smoothies for meals a lot for him when he was a little younger because he only really liked 4 or 5 things. He’s a lot better now. I love finding new food ideas.

    Posted 8.29.16
  23. This is great! I love the green smoothie idea and fresh healthy finger foods 🙂

    Posted 8.30.16
  24. Wendy wrote:

    I have a threenager too and I think you are doing a great job if you are getting yours to eat all of these things. Mine is even more picky! 🙂

    Posted 8.30.16
  25. I have a twonager, so these are great ideas! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    Posted 8.30.16
  26. “Threenager” that! Been there ..done that and I still feel like I have a threeanager.

    Stopping by from Bloggers Social Media Engagement Group
    Admin Khit 🙂

    Posted 8.30.16

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