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What My 16 Month Old Eats In a Week (Toddler Meal and Snack Ideas)

a toddler eating lunch

Toddlers are funny creatures when it comes to eating. Sometimes they down a plate made for a grown adult marathoner. And other times they eat one or two bites and you wonder what the heck is keeping them alive.

While what my 16 month old eats in a week varies, I try my best to give my son a variety of foods every week. He does get leftovers and the same foods different ways but I do like to mix it up and give him different things.

We also have set meal times and he eats 99% of his meals at the table. He has 3 meals and one snack everyday. I am to build his plates around a high calorie food, a high iron food, and a fruit or a vegetable. He also has a cup of milk with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. At 16 months he is currently having half breastmilk and half whole milk.

As a family, we eat a lot of organic vegetables, grass-finished meats, easy sourdough breads, and fruit.

I did make this in video form too if you prefer to watch:

Here is an overview of what my 16 month old eats in a week:


Breakfast: Kodiak cake waffles, watermelon, and scrambled eggs.

Lunch: Veggie pasta with cheese and cantelope.

Snack: A piece of croissant toast, an orange, and a blueberry oats super foods bar.

Dinner: Chicken Biryani from Nurture Life (rice, chicken, and vegetables)


Breakfast: Sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast burrito with an orange.

Lunch: Leftover rice and chicken, a banana cookie, and blueberries.

Snack: A slice of Havarti cheese, cantaloupe, and a blueberry pouch.

Dinner: Pesto and cheese ravioli from Nurture Life with watermelon.

a 16 month old eating dumplings, edamame, and blueberries


Breakfast: Pancakes, sweet potatoes, and eggs from Nurture Life.

Lunch: Chicken and veggie dumplings with edamame from Nurture Life and mixed berries.

Snack: Goldfish, a blueberry oat bar, and 1/2 a banana cookie.

Dinner: Turkey meatloaf, green beans, and mashed potatoes from Nurture Life.


Breakfast: A piece of croissant toast, sausage, and an orange.

Lunch: Chickpea and cauliflower quesadilla, avocado, and tomatoes.

Snack: An orange.

Dinner: Black beans, pico de gallo, cheese, carnitas, and some rice from Chipotle.

photo of a toddler in a high chair eating a quesadilla, avocado and tomatoes


Breakfast: A sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast burrito with an orange.

Lunch: Black beans, rice, sweet potatoes, and masa cakes from Nurture Life.

Snack: Blueberry lemon bar and a blueberry oat bar.

Dinner: Baked chicken, broccoli, tomatoes, and rosemary fries with ketchup.


Breakfast: Peanut butter and jelly toast with chia seeds and strawberry jam, cantaloupe, and a hard boiled egg.

Lunch: Pasta with zucchini and chicken with shredded cheese on the side.

Snack: Naan bread, hummus, and two oranges.

Dinner: Broccoli, black beans, and rice.


Breakfast: A sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast burrito with watermelon.

Lunch: Roasted peppers, Philly “cheesesteak,” and homemade baked potato wedges.

Snack: Oranges, naan bread, and cherry tomatoes.

Dinner: Turkey meatloaf, green beans, and mashed potatoes from Nurture Life and shredded cheese.

Feeding a toddler can be exhausting. Sometimes all I can throw together is a piece of cheese and some fruit, and that’s okay!

We tried out Nurture Life this week for the first time and I did like it. It’s convenient and an easy way to offer different meals. In the future, I think I will get a box once a month and freeze some of the meals to use throughout the month just to mix it up. Plus, they’re good in a pinch!

I’m a huge fan of Raised Real for introducing solids as well. We used these all the time with my son starting at 8+ months. They’re handy and help introduce your baby to a ton of different flavors and textures, which is so important in those early months of introducing solids.

I hope this was helpful to see what my 16 month old eats in a week!

About the Author

Nicole Booz is the founder of GenTwenty and GenThirty. She is an entrepreneur, author of The Kidult Handbook, and most importantly, Mama to two beautiful little boys. She loves reading, organizing her home, and living a simple, less toxic lifestyle. You've seen her in The New York Times, TIME, Insider, Inside Edition, New York Post, NextAdvisor, Forbes, Yahoo, HuffPost, and U.S. News & World Report.


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