Are you looking for some new options to spice up your kids’ breakfast routine? It’s so easy to fall into a cereal rut, which certainly isn’t bad…but it can get boring pretty quickly. Instead, try these 10 Toddler and Little Kid Breakfast Ideas to help you steer clear of the Pop Tarts and Krispy Kremes!
Oh, and if you missed it, check out my previous post, Mix It Up! 5 Toddler Lunch Ideas (Beyond Mac and Cheese)…so many delicious options!
1. Smoothies: These are a great way to ensure that your children get plenty of fruit, protein, and calcium at the start of their day. The combinations are really endless, but some of our favorites include my (Healthy) Cake Batter Smoothies and my Mixed Berry Smoothies. Let your children drink them through fun straws, or pour them into special cups. They’ll be thrilled with the opportunity to have a “milkshake” for breakfast!
2. Banana Bites: I first came across this genius idea on the Weelicious website. You should definitely check it out, as she has a wealth of ideas for feeding your babies, toddlers, and preschoolers fresh, healthy meals. This particular recipe for Banana Bites is especially fun and tasty.
3. Granola Bar + Fruit + Milk: A packaged granola bar can be incredibly convenient and also healthy when paired with some fruit or milk and yogurt. My kids’ favorites? The line of Clif Kid Z-Bars, which are designed especially for kids, made with organic ingredients, and available in a variety of yummy flavors. We love the Iced Oatmeal Cookie and the S’mores versions best. The bars are soft and easy for a toddler to chew, too. Looking for fruit that’s easily transported as well? Try the little squeeze packs of applesauce and other fruit blends. My kids love them! These are great options when you’re running out the door – they sure beat the drive-through!
4. Miniature Muffins: Mini muffins are much easier for little fingers to pick up and eat, and they can be made to appeal to just about any palate. Blueberry is always a safe bet with the kiddos, but another favorite is my 2-Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Mini Muffins. Moms will love them because they are fast to prepare and they freeze beautifully.
5. Breakfast Parfaits: Make a breakfast parfait that is pretty, and your child is bound to be interested! You can layer any yogurt and fruit in a cup, or add cereal or granola for some crunch. Try my “Cat in the Hat” Strawberry Cheesecake Breakfast Parfaits or add my favorite homemade granola recipe to a creation of your own.
6. Miniature PB&J Waffle Sandwiches: One of my favorite breakfasts is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich made with two whole-grain toaster waffles. In the frozen section of your grocery store, grab some miniature waffles for your kids and serve them this tasty treat as well. The mini waffles are not as thick as their full-size counterparts, and are the perfect size for your toddlers to pick up on their own. Much more manageable for the little ones!
7. Cinnamon Toast + Yogurt + Fruit: As a child, one of my favorite breakfasts was Cinnamon Toast, yet I rarely remember to make it for my own children. This is my reminder (and yours!). The stuff is delicious! Just toast some whole-grain bread, spread it with butter, and sprinkle on a little bit of cinnamon and sugar. Serve with a tube of yogurt and some fruit for a balanced meal.
8. Egg and Cheese Mini Muffins: These mini muffins are the perfect answer to busy, weekday mornings. Bake a batch in advance (it only takes a total of 15 minutes from start to finish), and pop them in the freezer. When you need one in the morning, just pull it from the freezer and put it directly in the microwave for a few seconds. It’s the best way I know to make scrambled eggs without dirtying a pan!
9. Creamy Fruit Roll-Ups: In a small bowl, mash a banana or some fresh berries. On a whole-grain tortilla, spread a thin layer of cream cheese and top with the mashed fruit. Roll up the tortilla and allow your child to take bites on their own, or slice into spiral rounds.
10. Oatmeal Breakfast Buffet: Plain oatmeal is BORING. But, if you allow your kids to dress up their own bowl, it will instantly be fun! Microwave a bowl of plain oatmeal with milk and a pinch of salt. Set out some fixin’s on the counter and allow your kids to put together their own concoction. Toppings might include rainbow sprinkles, chocolate chips, chopped nuts (if your child can chew them), brown sugar, honey (if your child is older than 1), chopped fruit, raisins, or anything else that you can pull out of your pantry. Oatmeal is suddenly delicious!
What do you feed your little ones for breakfast? Any good ideas to add to the list?
Looking for additional tasty breakfast options? Try my Coffee Cake Muffins or my Green Eggs and Ham (Cheddar and Chive Eggs with Bacon)!
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