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More Baon Ideas for My Preschooler

1. Cake/ cupcake/ muffin/ bread/ biscuit/ cookies. These are the things that I
either prepare myself or buy from the grocery store.
-regular pancake
-chocolate pancake
-pancake with cheese
-vanilla cupcake
-cheese cupcake
-chocolate muffin
-mango muffin
-blueberry muffin
-regular toast
-garlic toast
-French toast
-banana bread
-bread sticks
-cheese sticks
-Skyflakes biscuits
-Fita biscuits
-coconut biscuits
-oatmeal cookies
-choco chip cookies
-butter cookies
2. Fruit Juices and Other Drinks. I always buy 100% juice for my daughter. I seldom
buy artificial juices for her. Frankly speaking, I'd rather give her water than buy her
a sugar-loaded Zest-O.
-apple juice
-pineapple juice
-kiwi juice
-vegetable juice mix
-yogurt drink
-ayran (Turkish yogurt drink made from a mixture of plain yogurt, water and salt)

3. Fruit of the Day. My daughter's snack bag most of the time contains one kind of
fruit and anything from #1 and #2. I like fruits a lot because they are easy to
prepare. I just wash, peel and slice them into bite size pieces and they're good to
-orange/ ponkan
4. Vegetable. There's only one kind of vegetable that she eats for snack and that's
cucumber. I peel a small cucumber, remove the seeds and slice them into sticks. She
loves it!
5. Yogurt. Being half Turkish, my daughter doesn't have problem eating yogurt as
snack while other kids would complain it's sour or smelling funny. I normally
buy fruit yogurt in the grocery and combine it with my homemade plain yogurt to
come up with a less sweeter mixture. Sometimes, I simply bring out the plain
yogurt from the fridge then top it with small slices of fresh fruit.

-strawberry yogurt
-mango yogurt
-mixed berry yogurt
-plain yogurt
6. Rice Dishes. My daughter doesn't like kakanin but she enjoys a few rice dishes
that I give her.
-arroz caldo
-stla (Turkish rice pudding)

As you can see, chips, candies, and chocolates are not included in my list. Although I

have a picky-eater, I consider myself lucky that my daughter isn't used to eating junk
food. For example, give her a lollipop candy and she'll lick it for seconds then give it
back to you. How about other sweets? Of course she loves chocolates and
marshmallows and ice cream. I just don't allow her to eat too much. Once in a
while, she would request for a chocolate drink, chocolate mallows or a candy bar
and I give in. At home, I have jar filled with different kinds of sweets which we
collected from parties and freebies waiting.
In any case, I am looking for more choices as my daughter's baon for school. She
might have lunch instead of snack for next school year, too. I am excited thinking of
bento lunches for her. I started collecting bento materials 2 years ago and use them
rarely. By next year, I hope to practice my bento techniques and create not only
kawaii but healthy lunches for my daughter. So if you have any suggestions when it
comes to school snack or packed lunch, please feel free to comment them below.

1. Sandwiches - A sandwich is easy to pack and easy to eat that's why

it's perfect for school. Be it a regular sandwich, a panini or grilled
sandwich, etc. You can have it anyway you want it with different types
and flavors.
-cheese sandwich
-triple cheese sandwich
-ham and cheese sandwich
-tuna sandwich
-egg sandwich
-turkey sandwich
-clubhouse sandwich
-baked beans sandwich
-barbecue sandwich
-chicken salad sandwich
-hotdog sandwich

2. Burger - Like sandwich, a burger can have different filling or

patties. Below are some options for your consideration.

-chicken burger
-cheese burger
-double decker
-mushroom burger
-cheesy mushroom burger
-all meat (including salami & bacon)
-vegetarian burger

3. Dumplings/ Steamed Buns - Dumplings are eaten with rice here in

the Philippines. Most dumplings are steamed. Some are fried. I suggest
you prepare these dumplings beforehand, freeze them, then thaw for
-chicken siomai
-beef siomai
-pork siomai
-siopa asado
-siopao bola-bola
-purple yam buns

4. Torta or Omelet - This is perfect with rice. My daughter loves

tortang talong a lot. This is one way of making her eat veggies. More
choices below.


-mushroom omelet
-cheese omelet

5. Others - This list include choices that may require early preparation
but similar to the dumpling choices, you can always freeze them and
cook when it's time to pack your kid's lunch.

-daing na bangus
-homemade meat loaf
-homemade hash browns
-cheese balls
-homemade fish balls
-spring rolls
3 medium potatoes
small onion, diced
1/4 cup bread crumbs
freshly ground black pepper
salt to taste
cooking oil
-Peel and grate the potatoes. Squeeze to remove the water.
-Combine all ingredients except oil.
-Form into elongated patties.
-Pan fry until both sides are brown.

-Serve and enjoy.

Yield: Makes 5 pieces of small hash browns.

Breakfast Ideas for Filipino Babies:

1. Champorado Is a Filipino Staple breakfast. It is very easy
to prepare, and could even be made from scratch. Add a bit
of fried tuyo and it could be a great breakfast for us adults
too. For clueless mommies, heres how you can make
champorado from scratch courtesy of Panlasang Pinoy. This
is very similar too how my mom makes champorado for us,
perfect meryenda as well especially during the rainy season!
2. Arroz Caldo Is just like your normal lugaw with added
protein benefits and the yellowish color of the
Kasubha. Heres a great recipe to follow from Kawaling PInoy.
3. Scrambled Eggs As long as your toddler is not allergic to
eggs, then scrambled eggs are definitely great for your tots
breakfast. You can prepare plain scrambled, with a bit of milk
and a dash of vanilla, Spanish style omelet with sauted
tomatoes and onions, with cheese and potatoes, the list is
4. Tortang Talong Is little shobes favorite breakfast. She
eats it like a champ with rice! You can either make your torta
with ground meat, or just plain eggplants and egg.
5. Oatmeal topped with various fresh fruits Ideal tropical
fruits to include in our little ones oatmeal (we use rolled

oats) are bananas, mangoes, papayas, and when someone

comes home from baguio strawberries!
6. Chicken Sopas Could actually be eaten the whole day, but
can be a good starter for kids. Here is a link to a good recipe.
7. Homemade embutido Embutido or meatloaf is a great
breakfast for babies as it is soft, and definitely pairs well with
Pinoy staples Rice or Pandesal. Will be great if you can
make from scratch, and then cann even be kept in freezer for
weeks or even a month, the you just have to thaw and
fry! Heres a great recipe to try.
8. Arroz A la Cubana is perfect for kids and adults alike, and
has vegetables too! Kids especially those who were
introduced to solids via BLW just love to pick their food
ground meat, carrots, potatoes,, eve raisins! Plus this has a
sunny side up egg, rice, and fried bananas! A heaty meal
nonetheless. Check out this recipe.
9. Toast with Homemade Spread Well, I confess that my
toddler absolutely loves PB & J but for some moms that may
be too sweet, so why not make a homemade spread for your
kids, and serve them some toasted sandwich for breakfast
too break the lugaw/oatmeal/rice routine? My daughter loves
Egg Salad Spread, malunggay pesto with a bit of boiled
chicken mixed in, tuna salad spread, chicken sandwich
spread, and of course the walang kamatayang cheese
pimiento which we also make from scratch, also for Achis
baon in school. Hereare some yummy sandwich recipes i
wrote about in the previous year.


Lugaw with Gulay and Boiled Eggs Cook your

usual lugaw and add in some malunggay, or spinach, or

other easy to cook greens, add some flaked fish (left overs
from last nights dinner?) and then a boiled egg.

Mini Pancakes with fruits Make smaller versions of

your usual hotcakes, and then spread a bit of butter (if you
are up to it), a bit of honey or pancake syrup then top with
fruit. We usually serve either banana or mangoes because
that is whats always in season and affordable pa. You can
also spread some peanut butter if your kid is not allergic to
peanut butter. Pure yum!
So there you have it, I hope I was able to augment your repertoire
of Filipino breakfast meals for babies and toddlers. If and when you run out
of ideas, do not hesitate to serve what your kid what you also eat for
breakfast because sooner or later she also has to eat what you eat (as long
as these are healthy of course!)