By Be Well Health Coach Courtney Blatt
Since I pretty much feed my toddler the same foods I eat, many people ask what I serve for breakfast. Nothing makes me happier than helping Moms find nutritious replacements for “healthy” packaged foods. Especially foods marketed for children that are actually full of GMOs and refined sugar.
Keep in mind, the needs of your toddler are not much different than your needs, which means there’s no reason for separate meals. By serving up whole foods first thing in the morning, not only will you be providing the proper nutrition, it will help form a lifetime of healthy eating habits.
Here are five options that will help make sure your child gets a good, healthy start to the day. Each of these makes four servings in our home.
1. Avocado and Vegetable Frittata
My son isn’t a big fan of scrambled eggs. If I serve a frittata filled with veggies and topped with avocado, he gobbles it up. Sometimes it’s just the texture or presentation of a food, so get creative if your child rejects a food the first few times.
- 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
- 6 eggs
- 2 Cups of finely chopped vegetables such as zucchini, bell peppers, cooked broccoli
- ½ cup of grated parmesan cheese
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- Preheat the oven to 375º. Line a 8 X 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
- Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large sauté pan. Add a variety of green vegetables, plus 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Sauté until the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes. Spread the vegetables evenly in the prepared pan.
- Using a fork, beat together the eggs, salt, pepper in a medium bowl.
- Pour the egg mixture over the vegetables and sprinkle on the cheese. (feel free to omit)
- Place the skillet in the oven and cook until eggs are just set, about 15-20 minutes.
2. Green Smoothie
Ever since I can remember, Logan has been asking for a taste of my green drinks. I’m quite impressed with his taste buds as he’s quite keen on most of my crazy concoctions. They’re a great way to get greens for breakfast or as a mid-afternoon snack. Here is one of our favorite smoothie recipes. It’s packed with tons of phytonutrients, superfoods and it’s super delicious.
- 1 ½ cup of water, 1 stalk celery, ½ Cucumber, ½ avocado, 1 cup leafy greens, ½ lemon, peeled
- Throw all the ingredients in a blender and serve!
3. Raw Muesli
This is an easy, nutritious replacement for cereal. You can make a big batch and keep it in the fridge for the mornings when you’re pressed for time. Easy Raw Muesli Recipe
4. Grass Fed Yogurt, Granola and Blueberries
We don’t eat a lot of dairy products in our house, but occasionally we have yogurt for breakfast. I use a local, grass-fed unsweetened yogurt and add wild blueberries with a bit of homemade granola. If there’s no time to make granola that week, we love Purely Elizabeth in our house!
- 1 cup of local, grass-fed unsweetened yogurt
- ½ sliced banana
- ¼ cup of granola
5. Coconut Flour Pancakes
These are a yummy, high protein replacement for traditional pancakes that your kids will love.
- 1/3 Cup of Coconut Flour
- 2 Ripe Bananas, Mashed
- 4 Whole Eggs
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Beat eggs until frothy, then add remaining ingredients one by one, continuing to beat well to incorporate lots of air
- Heat coconut oil on griddle
- Use ¼ cup for each pancake. Cook until bubbles form and burst. Turn and brown on the other side