Healthy Toddler Breakfast Ideas

Healthy Toddler Breakfast Ideas

Healthy Toddler Breakfast Ideas

Does this sound like a situation you’ve been in before?

 

It’s morning time, you’ve barely had your coffee and you hear the kids getting up in the other room. You had a busy weekend so you didn’t get a chance to go to the grocery store and have no idea what to make them for breakfast. You know they need something healthy but right now, you can barely find enough cereal to fill a bowl and wish you had a better plan. You are tired of always having to think about what healthy foods to feed your toddler and wish you had a better system.

 

Yup… I’ve been there too.

 

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healthy toddler breakfasts

 

Toddlers are picky. Some days they love something and other days it’s the worst food ever. You may have to try super hard to get something healthy in them and other days they’ll eat the entire pint of blueberries you were hoping to enjoy too.

 

As our kids grow, it’s up to us to help build their taste buds and help them make healthier choices. Kids don’t know what sugar tastes like until we give it to them. As parents, it’s up to us to give them healthy choices, pray they don’t just throw it on the floor, and fuel their tiny little bodies so that they have all that energy to burn.

Now, before you go thinking we eat 100% whole foods, organic everything, and grow all of our own food (and there is nothing wrong with that!), we’re not there yet. I am currently in the slow transition to making our lives and home healthier which includes what we eat and the products that we put on our bodies. Right now though, we do our best to just make sure we are at least trying to get our kids to eat healthy.

But the thing is, it’s not easy. Tantrums are frequent in this house, I have time where I haven’t make our weekly shopping trip and it’s all about being creative in the kitchen, and sometimes we just choose whatever option is available.

So, I’ve come up with a simple system that we use in this house that allows out kids some choice, decreases the tantrums and makes it super easy to have anyone give the kids breakfast if I’m not home to make it.

What to Feed your Toddler

 

I like to use meals that are quick and easy to make and we are pretty much a ‘no frills’ home when it comes to breakfast. Breakfast is one of our favorite meals and often, we just grab a healthy shake and go,  so  I don’t go all out or make anything too fancy unless it’s a special occasion.

 

I also think it’s important to balance the kids food with the right things that they need. I make their breakfasts just like mine; 50% protein and 50% carbohydrate (and veggies are extra credit!). When I look at which carbs to give the kids, I look for ones that are Fiber Filled… fruits (not juice), whole grains, and high fiber foods. We try to stay away from things with white flour, added sugars, or artificially flavored stuff.

Daily Sunshine is our GO TO Shake for all of our kids! You can grab a sampler pack here!

I’ve created a super simple chart that I keep on the side of our refrigerator so that anyway can create a balanced breakfast. This is super helpful for my 11 year old step son. He makes his own breakfasts about half the time and knows to go right to the chart and pick one thing from the carb column and one thing from the protein column. If it was up to him to make breakfasts he’d probably just have bacon with a side of bacon.

 

The things is at breakfast time we need BOTH carbs and protein. Protein will keep us and the kids full until the next meal and the carbs give us the energy to get through the morning. You want to make sure you balance protein and carb and not just give them two carbs (like waffles with fruit).

 

As for protein sizes, I really just eyeball what I know my kids will eat. With toddlers, I think it’s important to give them less to begin with to eliminate waste, otherwise my dog will eat most of it. I use this same system for my 10 month old as well. He and my daughter will have the same breakfast so I don’t have to make anything else and I will just cut his food into smaller pieces.

 

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Simple Toddler Breakfasts

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    Easy Breakfast Recipes

     

    I’m not much of a cook but, this year I made a goal to make more of an effort in the kitchen and to make as much from scratch as possible. That means that I always make a huge batch of pancakes, am drooling over this waffle maker I want to buy, and try to mix it up with some new recipes every few weeks.

     

    I’ve also found some awesome, healthy and toddler approved recipes for you!!! Head over to check these yummy recipes out to add to your breakfast chart!

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    Kid-Friendly Breakfast Broccoli from On My Kids Plate 

     

    Apple Protein Muffins from One Clever Chef

     

    Healthy Breakfast Bowls from 5 Minutes for Mom

     

    Kid Friendly Avocado Toast from Theresa’s Reviews

     

    Blender Spinach Muffins from Joy Food Sunshine

     

    Yogurt Fruit Breakfast Pizza from Finding Zest

    Hope these tips help you feel more in control during breakfast and ready to take on the mornings! Keep it simple, balance what your kids need, and fuel them right!

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      Banana Oat Pancakes

      Banana Oat Pancakes

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      All the recipes that I make are coming from the Fixate cookbook. I picked it because it fits my meal plan and there is a corresponding cooking show that I can download on my Beachbody on Demand to watch them cook the recipes. 

      I will also mix it up with some recipes from Pinterest as I need but will always be choosing something healthy and family approved!

      So I want to start with saying this photo is the one from the cookbook! I have NEVER made a pancake without burning it and these were no exception. So I figured I’d spare you my burnt picture and let you see what they should look like!

      I’ve already made 3 batches of these in just one week! They were so delicious and kid approved. Even my picky toddler devoured hers and asked for seconds!

      I did alter this recipe by adding in an additional cup (so 3 total) of the oats to make the batter a little thicker. I topped mine with a tsp of peanut butter and it’s been a great post workout snack!

      I suggest making a whole batch (or two!) and freezing them for an easy breakfast on the go! You can use parchment paper to seperate each pancake and toss them in a freezer bag. Than in the morning just toast and go!

      These work for the 21 day fix AND are 80 day obsession approved!

      The one thing I will say is that I am NOT a food blogger. My kitchen is a mess and my pictures aren’t that pretty but, I will always include an image of what it actually looked like along with the recipe straight from the Fixate cookbook! 

      It’s got some great stuff, so head over and grab yourself a copy and, if you want to join the ‘one recipe a week’ challenge, head to our Facebook community page and let us know what you’re making and come swap ideas with other mamas! You can also see everything else we’ve made this year on our Healthy Recipe Page!

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      Turkey Meatballs

      Turkey Meatballs

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      All the recipes that I make are coming from the Fixate cookbook. I picked it because it fits my meal plan and there is a corresponding cooking show that I can download on my Beachbody on Demand to watch them cook the recipes. 

      I will also mix it up with some recipes from Pinterest as I need but will always be choosing something healthy and family approved!

      This week’s recipe was another major winner (I swear, we’ve not really come across too many we didn’t love!).

       

      The panko breadcrumbs gave them a nice crunch and I took a tip from my interview with Lauren Richmond, and added in a scoop of my sauce for some extra flavor. I also cooked them 10 extra minutes because hubby loves everything extra crispy!

      We had leftovers but they didn’t last because we ate them as our protein for breakfast! I even made another batch the next day to freeze! This will definitely stay in our weekly rotation!

      The one thing I will say is that I am NOT a food blogger. My kitchen is a mess and my pictures aren’t that pretty but, I will always include an image of what it actually looked like along with the recipe straight from the Fixate cookbook! 

      It’s got some great stuff, so head over and grab yourself a copy and, if you want to join the ‘one recipe a week’ challenge, head to our Facebook community page and let us know what you’re making and come swap ideas with other mamas! You can also see everything else we’ve made this year on our Healthy Recipe Page!

      Need some more recipe ideas? Head over and download this FREE meal plan with over 50+ recipes!

      Must-Have Meatloaf

      Must-Have Meatloaf

      This week I was super pumped to find a recipe from Fixate that fit the colors I needed for my 80 day obsession meal plan, tasted yummy, used ingredients I had on had, AND had some extra veggies in it!

      I’ll admit, I never have been a ‘meatloaf person’. I remember hating it as a kid so honestly, I was a big reluctant to try this one. But, I have been looking for recipes that are just one red containers for my meal plan and this one fit the bill. All the kids loved this one and it was even better as a leftover!

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      7 FREE Freezer Cooking EBOOK + Recipes

      7 FREE Freezer Cooking EBOOK + Recipes

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      Before I had each of my children, I knew that my life was going to change dramatically. I also knew I wanted to make sure we had healthy meals to eat but wouldn’t always have the time to prepare them. I checked out Pinterest to get some ideas of how I could maximize my time and came across freezer cooking and fell in love.

       

      Freezer cooking met all of my needs and sounded perfect for a new mom to maintain some sanity. I decided to take a few hours over the weekend about 4 weeks before my due date when I had some energy and stock my fridge with as many meals as would fit. These meals lasted us until the baby was about 3 months old and made me feel so much less stressed!

       

      My kids are 2 and 5 months right now, and once a quarter, I use freezer cooking to re-stock my fridge and get organized once again.

       

       

       

      What is freezer cooking and why is it the best thing since sliced bread? 

       

      Freezer cooking is the practice of assembling partially or fully prepared meals to freeze for later.Some meals only need to be reheated while others will need final preparations such as slow cooking or baking. So whether you’re cooking for 2 or 20, you are sitting down at the dinner table in a matter of minutes after you plop things in the slow cooker in the AM!

       

      Why should you freezer cook?

      • Save time
      • Save money
      • Less stress
      • Eat Better

       

      Let’s talk all about these benefits in detail

       

       

      Saves time

       

        • When you freezer cook, you spend time to make meals to use in the future. There are two ways you can freezer cook; you can make the meals to be dinners for the next week OR you can use them to be backup meals for those times when you are like “ummmm what should we eat today?”
        • I like to, once a quarter, spend about an hour making these meals because it does require a little bit extra of my grocery budget (since I am planning in advance), and keep them in my freezer. This way, I can either tie them into my meal plan for next week since I know they are there OR I can use them the day of.

      Save money

       

       

        • When people first hear about freezer cooking, they often think it costs them more money because they do have to put money out in advance (and in a chunk) to buy things. BUT long term, the meals are SO much cheaper! I like to make sure that each meal I make costs LESS THAN $5 TOTAL! That’s right… TOTAL! I know so many people who eat out and can drop $50+ for their family and that’s just crazy to me! Cooking at home can save you THOUSANDS each year if you make the choice to do it.
        • If you know you are planning to do a month freezer cooking to add some food to your freezer and backup meals, you can budget for it! I would recommend saving $50-100 for these meals, (these specific meals cost around $50-60 TOTAL for all 7 meals!) but the costs can vary based on ingredients and what you already have! When you go through the shopping list in the EBOOK I’ll show you how to save money on stuff too!

      Less stress

       

        • Anyone else NOT love meal prepping and planning? How about coming home from work and being SO tired and not knowing what to make? OR trying to cook dinner with your kiddos running around your feet or needing homework help? All of these freezer cooking meals are for the crockpot so you can SET and FORGET! You can plop them in in the morning (I love my crockpot that has a timer in case I have to leave the house early!)

      Check out my FAV tools to make freezer cooking even easier!

      Eat Better

       

        • One of the problems I had when I started freezer cooking or using my crock pot was that almost all of the meals I found had ingredients that I just didn’t love.. Aka cream of crap soup 😛 Food that has ingredients you can’t pronounce, a super long list of nonsense, or is super processed is NOT what I want to feed my family and hopefully neither do you! All of these recipes come from whole foods and ingredients (which is also a ton cheaper!)
        • Because when you freezer cook, you don’t want to take up a ton of space, each meal only had about 3-6 servings which means… not so many leftovers! Why is that awesome? Because, if you are like me, then you struggle with going back for seconds and this way you won’t find yourself binging! BUT, if you and your family loves the meal, you can easily make them again and duplicate!

       

      Are you ready to get started and fill your freezer with some go-to meals? Just drop your email below and I’ll send over your book!

       

      Caribbean Banana Curry

      Caribbean Banana Curry

      Week 2 of my resolution and going strong wtih trying new recipes. This week, I made this 21 day fix approved Caribbean Banana Curry and let me tell you… SO GOOD. My husband even said it was “the best thing you’ve ever made”!

      All the recipes that I make are coming from the Fixate cookbook. I picked it because it fits my meal plan and there is a corresponding cooking show that I can download on my Beachbody on Demand to watch them cook the recipes. 

      I will also mix it up with some recipes from Pinterest as I need but will always be choosing something healthy and family approved!

      This recipes was super easy to make and didn’t take much time at all. I also loved it because it only used up one pan so clean up was super duper easy! My 2 year old even liked the sauce, though she’s currently boycotting chicken so she refused to eat that!

      If you want to check out more 21 day fix approved recipes, go  grab yourself a copy and, if you want to jon the ‘one recipe a week’ challenge, head to our Facebook community page and let us know what you’re making and come swap ideas with other mamas!

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