Start your toddler's day off right with these fun breakfast ideas the whole family can enjoy. Keep in mind these food ideas are designed for children twelve months of age and older—some foods listed below, such as honey, are not appropriate for children younger than one year old.
RD's recommendations; Reference document created by Publix registered dietitians based on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Publix Baby Health & Wellness Recommendations. Supplied on 5/19/16.
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1. Pancake Hearts
Place heart-shaped metal cookie cutters on a heated griddle. Pour whole grain pancake batter into the cookie cutters. Remove cutters, and flip pancakes to finish cooking. (Tip: Give the cookie cutters a bit of cooking spray first, to help keep the pancakes from sticking.)
2. Green Eggs + Toast
Finely shred or chop baby spinach leaves. Whisk in a few eggs and scramble until firm throughout. Serve with triangles of whole wheat toast and fruit preserves.
3. Banana Roll-ups
Spread a whole wheat tortilla with a little peanut butter. Place a banana on one side of the tortilla and roll up. Cut into slices for an easy-to-eat breakfast.
4. Frozen Yogurt Pops
Make breakfast-worthy frozen pops by combining your favorite fruit-flavored yogurt with a little whole milk to thin. Pour into pop molds and freeze.
5. Sunrise Smoothie
Blend together whole milk, orange juice, a few fresh or frozen strawberries, and a little ice until smooth.
6. Fruit + Cheese Sammy
Spread a slice of whole wheat bread with a wedge of spreadable Swiss cheese and fresh fruit preserves. Fold the bread in half and cut into bite-size pieces.
7. Chia Pudding
Soak chia seeds, plain whole milk yogurt, and a pinch of brown sugar in whole milk overnight to thicken. Top with fresh fruit and granola before serving.
8. Breakfast "Pizza"
Top half of a whole wheat English muffin with scrambled egg, diced tomatoes, and a sprinkle of cheese. Toast until cheese is melted, and cut into wedges to serve.
9. Yogurt Dip + Fruit
Combine plain or vanilla low-fat Greek yogurt, creamy peanut butter, a drizzle of honey, and a little whole milk. Stir until smooth, and serve the dip with fresh berries and banana slices.
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Is your toddler hungry again a few hours after breakfast? Keep growing tummies satisfied until lunch with an easy and portable snack.
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