Try to mix up egg meals by giving your child a few different versions. Easy options like scrambled with a side of of toast, or a ham, spinach, and cheese omelet are favorites. You can also try a poached egg with a side of whole grain toast where your baby can even use their fingers to dip.
2. Eggs (the quick way)
Hardboiled eggs can be given to your child a few different ways: in slices or chopped up and eaten as finger foods; put on top of toast or an English muffin; or any easy way you’d like. This is great for a quick breakfast on the go as well. Eggs are a great source of protein for growing children.
Waffles are versatile and easy finger foods for kids. Cut them in strips and dip in yogurt or maple syrup or even top with a nut spread and banana slices. You can also serve with apple slices and milk—a great source of calcium.
Pancakes don’t have to be an indulgence, even for little ones. Try whole wheat/whole grain versions and top with fruit jam, nut butters, or even fresh fruit. They are much healthier than they are disguised to be.
Banana breads or fruit mini muffins work great for young children and should be served with either milk or 100 percent fruit juice.
While even pastries can be on the healthier side, be sure to mix it up when it comes to breakfasts so your child doesn’t get used to one meal.
6. Whole grain cereals
There are lots of ways to work whole grains into a healthy breakfast.
Try a yogurt parfait, in which you layer rice cereal, yogurt, and berries. Also try oatmeal with fresh fruit and nuts (but be aware of allergies). There’s also a variety of cereals you can give your child for breakfast.
Breads don’t need to be avoided, especially when whole grains are a great source of fiber.
Offer your little one whole wheat toast with apple butter and cinnamon or French toast triangles with mixed fruit on the side. You can even offer a tortilla wrapped with nut butter and fresh fruit to mix it up.
8. Don\’t forget the drink
Make sure to serve whole milk or 100 percent fruit juice, but don’t give more than they need. Avoid juice cocktails and other sugar-laden beverages.
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