5 Healthy Toddler Breakfast Ideas
If your family is anything like ours, mealtime can be a challenge - especially if you have a toddler in the house. I like to keep things simple, rotating between the same 5 or so breakfast, lunches, and dinners each week. Occasionally, I’ll mix things up and throw in something new, but these are staples in our household. Here are our go-to breakfast ideas. I hope your kids like them as much as mine does!
This is so simple, and my son, Luke, loves it. I simply add 1/2 cup water to 1/4 of quicks, throw in some frozen raspberries, and microwave for 1 minute. I then stir in flaxseed and a little bit of almond milk. Once the raspberries are thawed, they stir in to the oatmeal so easily and sweeten it really nicely.
Sometimes I change up what I put in Luke’s smoothie depending on what we have in our refrigerator any given week,but it’s typically something along the the lines of: 1/4 cup frozen berries, a handful of spinach, almond milk, flaxseed, and some sort of nut butter.
Banana Blender “Pancakes”
These aren’t your classic pancakes, but even though they’re much healthier my son eats them like they are made by Aunt Jemima herself! Simply throw half a banana, 1 egg, a handful of spinach, and a dash of cinnamon into the blender. Blend until smooth, and then cook on the stovetop as you would regular pancakes.
These pancakes are also an easy texture for babies to grab and chew, so it’s also a perfect option for baby-led weaning.
A Healthier Take on the Traditional English Breakfast
Eggs and toast are a classic breakfast choice, and we eat it regularly in our household. However, I often serve Luke’s eggs with avocado and fruit to make it a little healthier. Luke also LOVES breakfast sausage and peameal bacon, but we only eat it occasionally - usually on the weekends!
I also vary how I cook our eggs to keep things fresh. Scrambled and hardboiled are our favourite.
Healthy Oatmeal Pancakes
This is another healthy and delicious pancake variation. I’ve been know to eat these with Luke regularly. Simply mash half of a ripe banana, stir in 1 egg, and add 3 tbsp quick oats, 2 tbsp flaxseed, and a dash of cinnamon. Transfer the mixture into a pan on the stovetop and cook at medium heat, until both sides are brown. Top with peanut butter and/or fruit.
Brittany Van Den Brink is a PhD Candidate and freelance writer living in small-town Ontario with her husband, baby son, and their Golden Retriever, Chevy. She founded Motherhood Her Way to collaborate with other moms as they go through the ups and downs of motherhood. Say hi on Instagram @brittanyvandenbrink.