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18 Best Breakfast Options for Your Toddler

Jill Castle, MS, RDN
January 3, 2019 . 2 min read

Eating breakfast is a healthy habit. Research tells us that breakfast-eaters have better weight control, focus, and attention in school and tend to avoid overeating. Of course, these results are in older children — but getting the breakfast routine started early helps it become a habit.

One trick for making breakfast stick is to have a variety of food items with a rotating menu on hand. Here are 18 nutritious breakfast ideas for your toddler. But remember to mix it up so your toddler doesn’t get bored with breakfast!

Eggs 

Poached egg in a bowl with whole grain toast “fingers” for dipping; fruit on the side; milk

Scrambled eggs with cheese and buttered cinnamon raisin toast squares; milk

Chopped hard-boiled egg, English muffin half topped with sliced cheese and sliced into “fingers” served with melon slices; milk

Diced ham, spinach, and cheese omelet with canned mandarin oranges (in own juices); milk

Waffles and pancakes 

Waffle strips, maple syrup, turkey sausage, and cut up apple; milk

Waffle with nut butter spread, topped with banana slices, and cut into small 1” squares; milk

Waffle “fingers” with fruit yogurt for dipping; 100 percent fruit juice

Pancakes topped with warmed fruit jam or nut butter; cut up small and served with canned sliced peaches (in own juices); milk

Pastries 

Banana bread with cream cheese spread, served with 100 percent fruit juice

Mini-muffins (any variety) with quartered grapes; milk

Granola, oatmeal, cereal 

Vanilla yogurt parfait: layer vanilla yogurt, crispy rice cereal, and chopped berries; 100 percent fruit juice

Oatmeal made with milk and topped with fresh fruit and crushed nuts (walnuts or pecans); 100 percent fruit juice

Cream of Wheat (farina) made with milk and topped with honey, crushed nuts, and berries; milk

Oaty-O’s cereal and milk with chopped strawberries on top; 100 percent fruit juice

Bread

Whole wheat toast spread with apple butter and sprinkled with cinnamon; serve with sliced cheese; 100 percent fruit juice

French toast triangles served with syrup on the side for dipping and mixed fruit salad (seasonal); milk

Ham and cheese mini-croissant cut up into small pieces; serve with pear slices; milk

Tortilla spread with nut butter or hazelnut chocolate butter, warmed up and sliced into thin strips; serve with sliced strawberries; milk

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