On to round three of healthy, toddler approved meals! So far we’ve covered dinner and lunch. While those are definitely the more complicated meals, breakfast can sometimes be a challenge too. Eggs are pretty much my go-to breakfast food for myself and it worked for Zach, too. Still, I felt like I needed to expand his horizons. I want him to continue to be adventurous with food and willing to try new things. If I don’t continue offering up new options, he’ll lose that willingness to try.
Breakfast is difficult in its own right because there is a small group of foods that are generally thought of as breakfast. Toast, eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, oatmeal. That pretty well covers it. Since we try to limit our meat consumption, and especially on heavily processed, non-organic meats like bacon and sausage, that left us with few options.
Eggs, toast and…peanut butter?
Eggs are still our number one breakfast food. Nutrition wise, they’ve got a lot going for them. And lately, they’ve been incredibly cheap, making it really easy to always have it as a backup option if we’re in a rush. Luckily, I’ve been able to find a few other options to make up for the protein portion of the meal, like peanut butter. He loves it, its simple and healthy, and I can eat it too!
Adding vegetables into breakfast has definitely been a challenge. Quite often, we don’t have a veggie with breakfast. But we make sure he gets fruit and vegetables are offered with his other meals and snacks so he still gets enough.
Without further ado, here are my top 10 toddler approved meals: breakfast! I hope your little guys and gals enjoy them just as much as we do!
My Top 10 Toddler Approved Meals-Breakfast
Zachary absolutely loves these meals and so do we. Below is a list of our top 10 healthy, toddler approved meals that we have on a regular basis. Everything in each meal is relatively choke-resistant, can be spiced to your family’s preferences, contains mostly healthy ingredients, is inclusive of all food groups, and can be fed to a young child who doesn’t yet have the capacity to chew harder, tougher foods.
(Full disclosure: we don’t each necessarily eat everything with each meal. I can’t get Andy to eat a piece of fruit to save my life. However, in most cases the entire meal is consumed by the entire family. Including the dogs who get everything Zach drops on the floor or feeds directly to them when he’s done.)
- Scrambled eggs w/cheese, toast, fruit
- PB toast, fruit, yogurt puffs
- Oatmeal and fruit
- Cheerios, yogurt, and fruit
- Breakfast burrito: Whole grain tortilla, scrambled eggs, cheese, and veggies.
- Veggie, and Yogurt smoothie with Cheerios
- Pancakes w/fruit
- French toast w/fruit
- Hard boiled egg, fruit, Cheerios or Puffs
- Omelette w/veggies and cheese, and fruit
Note: we try to use minimal condiments and sweeteners unless they’re 100% natural and unprocessed. We also bake our own bread which we use sparingly, rarely add table sugar to anything, and utilize spices to jazz things up. If you have any questions on cooking times or methods, substitutions, or brands we use please let me know!
Check out the rest of the posts in this series:
Do you have any particular go-to breakfasts in your family that cater to your unique family situation? What breakfasts have you found work well for your toddlers? What breakfast rut have you found yourself in (ours was sandwiches for the adults!)
-To your Better Life-