7 Filling Breakfast Ideas for Toddlers

…so he’s not asking for a snack by 9am! You know what I’m talking about.puffyovenpancake2

1.)  Breakfast Burrito– tortilla (whole wheat, corn or sprouted variety), 1 egg, 1 sausage link, a little cheese, and salsa (optional).  Put it in a sandwich press or that George Foreman you never use anymore.  Stays together so you can head off to preschool or music class if you’re running late.  Great before a day of skiing too!

2.)  Granola and Yogurt– make your own granola or buy any of the great options out there, use greek or full fat yogurt, like Noosa, for an extra filling breakfast.

3.)  Protein Pancakes– blend 1 cup cottage cheese, 3 eggs, 2 T. of melted butter and ¼ cup flour.  Coat pan with butter or oil.  Cook two minutes per side.  Top with berries, jam or honey. Puffy oven pancakes also contain more egg than flour for added protein, plus they look really cool.

4.)  Green Smoothie– mix in almond butter for protein and disguise greens like spinach and kale with frozen berries and almond milk. A tablespoon of flax or chia seeds and 1 tablespoon of a healthy oil, like olive, walnut or avocado add fiber and healthy fat.  Sometimes I throw in a raw egg (you may not be comfortable with that) or vegan protein powder.

5.)  Oatmeal w/ Fruit and Nuts– Pecans are our current favorite add on. Mix in an egg or 1 T. olive oil while it’s still hot for added protein and healthy brain-boosting fat.

6.)  Peanut Butter & Apple– A very simple and filling breakfast. Cut apples thin and make apple sandwiches. This is a great one for picky eaters.

7.)  Egg Bake– mix in ham, sausage, cheese, and veggies and store in the fridge for breakfast all week.  You can also make it the night before.

Strong daytime schedules and bedtime routines are most helpful in getting your child great sleep.  Eating a filling healthy breakfast gives mealtimes a consistent start and won’t have your kiddo snacking all morning long, pushing lunch to 1 or 2pm.  These are all great “Breakfast for Dinner” ideas too.


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