75+ Food Ideas for 1 Year Old to End the Meal Time Rut!

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When my 1 year old started eating real food, I had no idea what to feed him!

I also stressed more than I should have about whether or not he was getting a balanced diet.

After feeling lost for way too long, I finally came up with a simple way to make sure he was eating a healthy diet of foods he could actually eat with few teeth.

I kept a list of food ideas for 1 year olds and referred back to that list whenever I didn’t know what to feed him.

My mind never had to go blank. I simply referred to my list of food.

In this post, I shared as many ideas as I could come up with by dividing the food into type of meal and food category:

  • grains
  • protein
  • dairy
  • fruit
  • vegetables

When creating a meal, pick items from 3-4 categories to create a balanced diet for your 1 year old.

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Food Ideas for a 1 Year Old


You can make ahead and freeze things like muffins, quick breads, mini quiches, pancakes, waffles, bacon, and sausage.

Just pull the food out of the freezer the night before and put it in the refrigerator. It will be thawed the next morning and read to serve to your 1 year old.

Breakfast Starch Ideas:

  • waffles (with PB or peanut substitute)
  • toast (with PB or substitute, avocado, or jelly)
  • cheerios
  • pancake
  • baked bread (pumpkin, banana)
  • biscuit
  • muffin (pumkin, blueberry, banana, carrot)
  • oatmeal (add cinnamon, brown sugar, honey, fresh fruit, or dried fruit)
  • Nutrigrain or breakfast bar
  • mini bagel
  • cinnamon, raisin bread

Breakfast Protein Ideas:

  • scrambled egg
  • fried egg
  • hard boiled egg
  • sausage links or patties
  • mini quiche cups
  • turkey bacon
  • Peanut butter, sunbutter, almond butter on toast or waffle

Breakfast Fruit Ideas:

  • applesauce
  • apple slices
  • mandarin oranges
  • pear slices
  • grapes (cut in 1/4) 
  • melons
  • pineapple
  • strawberry
  • blueberry
  • banana
  • mango

Breakfast Dairy Ideas:

  • cheese 
  • cream cheese
  • yogurt cup
  • gogurt
  • cup of milk


Lunch Starch Ideas:

  • Pasta (spaghetti, mac n’ cheese)
  • potato (mashed, baked, roasted, boiled)
  • bread
  • rice
  • pizza
  • quesadilla
  • sandwich
  • “pinwheel” – a rolled up wrap that has been sliced

Lunch Fruit Ideas:

  • applesauce
  • peach
  • pear
  • orange
  • mandarin oranges
  • pineapple
  • grapes (cut into ¼ pieces)
  • apple slices
  • blueberries
  • strawberries

Lunch Vegetable Ideas:

  • green beans
  • peas 
  • carrots
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower (frozen)
  • carrots
  • sweet potato fries or slices
  • squash (roasted)
  • cucumber slices
  • corn

Lunch Protein Ideas:

  • black beans 
  • baked beans
  • cooked and shredded meat
  • lunch meat
  • chicken nuggets/tenders
  • fish sticks
  • tuna
  • hummus

Lunch Dairy Ideas:

  • yogurt/gogurt
  • cottage cheese
  • glass of milk
  • cheese slices


  • spaghetti
  • alfredo
  • pizza
  • meatloaf
  • BBQ meatballs
  • quesadillas
  • sandwiches
  • rice Dishes (add protein and veggie altogether)
  • casseroles
  • lasagna
  • shredded, soft meat – chicken, pulled pork, fish
  • chicken pot pie
  • stew or soup (depending on toddlers ability to eat)
  • quiche

Simply add a fruit and vegetable to balance out the meal.

I hope all of these ideas have been helpful! If you’d like to see how these foods can be mixed together to create a meal plan, read a week’s worth of meal ideas for 1 year olds here.

Meal Ideas for One Year Olds | Toddler Meal Ideas | Food Lists for One Year Olds

As you plan out what to feed your 1 year old, it’s best to refer to a list of ideas. Otherwise your mind goes blank and you end up getting into a meal time rut!

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Looking for simple food ideas to feed your 1 year old? Here are ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can easily feed these foods to your baby even with no teeth. #toddler #baby #food #meal

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