If the thought of feeding your toddlers breakfast has you running to hide under the covers, you aren’t alone. Toddlers can be picky eaters. Getting a healthy breakfast for toddlers they’ll enjoy can feel daunting. But it doesn’t have to. Healthy breakfasts don’t have to be time consuming and they don’t have to be intimidating to make. There are plenty of breakfast ideas that are nutritious and fun- the best part? We did all the creative work for you.
Make “candy” necklaces
Toddlers love crafts and snacks so what better combination than a “candy” necklace with no candy involved. Who says breakfast ideas for toddlers can be fun and interactive?! With a 12” piece of yarn, help your child string whole grain “O” shaped cereal. Add dried apple rounds to the necklace for different shapes. You can use a cherry pitter, or a knife, to poke holes in dried fruit. Let the child string the fruits and cereal on the necklace. Then, munch away!
Friendly Face French Toast
French toast is a yummy breakfast kids love. You can make it even more fun by adding fruit and nut butter to make a fun face. After making french toast (or plain toast), top with a little peanut or sun butter. Add banana slices and raisins as eyes, use apples for a silly mouth, try apricots or sliced cherries for cheeks. Your child can pick their favorite fruits and get as creative as they’d like.
Just right porridge
A story at the breakfast table? Sure thing! Some classic children’s stories incorporate tasty breakfast food so why not give them a try while you read the stories. If you’re reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears, try making porridge or oatmeal. Ask your little kiddo what they’d like on their porridge to make it “just right”.
Gooey, Gloppy, and Good
Homemade protein balls are a great way to get your little helping in the kitchen. Simply mix together oatmeal, peanut butter, honey (only for infants over 1 year), and dried cranberries. You can even add powdered milk for more protein and calcium, flax for an omega-3 boost, or chia seeds for more good-for- you fatty acids. Have your little one mix the ingredients with their hands. Have them try rolling it into a ball shape. In a rush? These snack poppers are just as fun, without the mess.
Grab some skewers or toothpicks, cut up fruit and veggies and let your little on get to work. Skewer fruit and vegetables to make a fun edible rainbow or work on pattern recognition. You can even use grapes (slice in half when ready to eat) lined up on a skewer with a single strawberry to make a satisfying snake shaped breakfast. You can dip your kebabs in greek yogurt for an added boost.
Slice a piece of celery about the length of your thumb, fill the “hole” with cream cheese or peanut butter, then let your little one decorate it with raisin, grapes, carrots, peas, or any fresh or dried fruit or vegetable they like. Far from just “ants on a log” this crunchy fun breakfast treat is a win! These veggie filled breakfast bites will have you and your little one full and ready to take on the day!
Is your little one just not a breakfast eater? Don’t give up. Breakfast sets a healthy tone and can prevent over snacking on less nutritious foods, later in the day. There are plenty of tips and tricks you can do to get your little one eating a healthy breakfast for toddlers.
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