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Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, especially for toddlers. Most toddler’s eating habits throughout the day are unpredictable.
Aim to start the day with a healthy and well-balanced breakfast to ensure your little one is at least getting one healthy meal each day.
These healthy toddler breakfast ideas will get your little one excited about breakfast every morning and provide a well-balanced meal.
Try out these healthy breakfast ideas for toddlers to get your little one’s day started in a nutritious way.
Banana pancakes are one of our favorite ways to start the day. We make this recipe at least weekly in our house.
Regular pancakes are made from white flour, sugar, and not many nutrients. Alternatively, this banana pancake recipe adds a healthy spin. They don’t include any flour or sugar, so they’re a perfect start to the day.
It’s quick and easy to mix together and is so delicious and satisfying. My toddler’s always thrilled to start the day with this healthy take on pancakes.
Oatmeal is one of our favorite breakfasts, especially during the cold winter months. Our favorite way to enjoy oatmeal is topped with a spoonful of peanut butter and a drizzle of honey.
You can also top it with cinnamon, nuts, and berries if you prefer a sweeter start to your morning.
I recommend avoiding pre-packaged oatmeals and making it yourself. The pre-packaged ones are usually much higher in sugar.
French toast is a classic recipe that makes a quick and delicious breakfast.
Simply mix 1-2 eggs, a tsp of vanilla, and a splash of milk. Dip a healthy whole grain bread (we love this kind), into the egg mixture and fry for 3 minutes on each side.
For my little one, I skip the added sugar and syrup that a lot of people tend to add. Instead, I top with cinnamon and pair with sliced banana or fresh berries.
Greek Yogurt with Berries
Greek Yogurt is an amazing breakfast food. Unlike plain yogurt, Greek Yogurt is really high in protein (about 16-18 grams per serving). Topped with fresh berries, Greek yogurt is a perfect well-balanced breakfast.
If your little one won’t eat plain Greek Yogurt, read labels and aim to find a flavored yogurt that contains very little added sugar (less than 5 grams if possible).
Banana muffins are a staple in our house. In this recipe, I add in 2 cups of Spinach to sneak an extra serving of vegetables into my toddler’s diet.
I love to make a batch of these muffins for a quick breakfast all week long.
This is one of those recipes that every family seems to have a different name for. We love this combination of eggs and whole-grain bread for a high protein start to the day.
Cut a round hole in a piece of bread. Crack an egg inside and fry until egg is cooked through.
I love starting the day with a healthy green smoothie. This is especially great for toddlers who may be picky about eating their vegetables throughout the day.
Start with a large handful of spinach or kale. Add 1/2 cup of milk (we use almond milk), 1/4 cup of berries, 1/2 a banana, and either Greek Yogurt, Chia seeds, or peanut butter.
Blend up and enjoy!
I love making overnight oats before busy mornings. This way when we come downstairs, breakfast is already prepared.
For overnight oats you’ll need: Mason Jar, Oats, Milk, and toppings.
Add 1/2 cup of oats and 1/2 cup of your favorite milk (I prefer Coconut milk for a little extra flavor) to a mason jar. Refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, stir and add blueberries, walnuts, and a drizzle of maple syrup. Another yummy combination is peanut butter and banana, or chopped apples, walnuts, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Whole Wheat Toast with Peanut Butter and Fruit
Peanut Butter is a go-to in our family any time of day. It’s high in fat and protein so it keeps you satisfied and full. On days that we don’t have a lot of time, peanut butter toast with some fresh fruit is a delicious and easy breakfast option.
Avocado is another staple in our house. It’s high in protein, healthy fats, and potassium. For my toddler, I like to spread avocado onto bread and simply season with a little salt and pepper or garlic.
For a heartier breakfast, you can also add a fried egg on top, but avocado by itself is plenty for small toddlers.
Baked oatmeal is a delicious way to start the day without spending too much time cooking. I love the CookieandKate.com recipe for baked oatmeal which contains fruit and nuts which keep you full longer.
I like to make this on Sunday mornings and then reheat the next few mornings for an already-made breakfast.
Breakfast snack plates are perfect for the pickier toddlers who don’t want to commit to eating one thing. Add a sample of a few different foods for your little one to pick and choose from.
We usually include a healthy cereal, fresh fruit, cheese, or avocado. Make sure to include protein, fat, and carbs in addition to some fruits or vegetables.
Egg muffins are a great breakfast to prepare ahead with your weekly meal prep and reheat quickly throughout the week.
Our favorite egg muffins are loaded with diced vegetables (I use a food processor to make them undiscoverable to my picky toddler) and eggs.
This is the perfect high protein, high-fat breakfast that sneaks in an entire serving of vegetables.
You can really add any vegetables to these muffins, but I prefer to include spinach, broccoli, peppers, and onions.
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray or grease 12 muffin tins. Combine 12 eggs and veggie mixture and pour into each tin, filling 3/4 of the way. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes before eating.
What’s the Best Way To Keep Breakfasts Healthy and Easy?
Breakfast is a really important meal of the day and can start your day off on a healthy note if done right.
So what makes the perfect breakfast?
The best way to have a healthy breakfast is to include a good source of protein (at least 10 grams), fat, and vitamins (fruits or vegetables). Add in some carbohydrates (bread, cereal) if you feel the need, but try to limit white flour and sugar.
When your little one starts their day with a healthy breakfast, they’ll be happier, energized, and healthier throughout the day.
If your little one doesn’t like a recipe the first time, try it again. Studies show it can take multiple exposures for toddlers to try new foods, but eventually, they may come to love these tasty and healthy breakfast ideas.
Don’t give up and keep working with your toddler to become a healthier eater.
What’s your toddler’s favorite breakfast food?