We’ve all heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Well why does it sometimes feel so hard to come up with good ideas for breakfast? It’s easy to get in a routine and serve the same breakfast day in and day out. When feeding babies and little ones we want to prioritize variety! So, the more we can mix up their breakfast the better.

Not only does serving them a variety of foods increase the nutrients in their diet, but it also can be helpful in working against any picky eating tendencies that may be developing. If our little ones get the same meals repeatedly when it changes it can be a BIG deal to them.

10 easy and healthy breakfast ideas for your baby (6+ months), toddler (or yourself):

  1. Omelet strips- Make in sheet pan to prep a large batch and freeze for later!
  2. PB&J Oatmeal- oatmeal with peanut butter (or nut butter of choice) and mashed raspberries or blackberries
  3. French toast strips with whole milk yogurt to dip
  4. Mini Egg cups (made in muffin tins)
  5. Baked oatmeal bars. This is a great recipe!
  6. Chia pudding
  7. Avocado toast
  8. Toast topped with cream cheese and mashed berries
  9. Muffin and whole milk yogurt – Add a nutrient boost to the muffins by adding flaxseeds or lentils. This is a great recipe!
  10. Banana pancakes – Just one mashed banana, 1 egg, and 1-2 Tbsp infant cereal, almond flour, or oat flour mixed well and cooked in butter.

I typically serve breakfast with a side of fruit for added nutrition, fiber, and flavor!

What nutrients do I prioritize when putting together a breakfast?

When putting together a breakfast (really, any meal) I like to make sure there is a protein, carbohydrate, and fat source. By serving a meal that contains all these macronutrients we are supporting our overall nutrient needs, but it also sets us up for success to stay energized and satisfied longer.

Carbohydrate Sources for Breakfast:

  • Oatmeal
  • Toast (when choosing bread ideally look for no added sugar, no honey <12 months)
  • French toast
  • Pancakes
  • Muffins
  • Breakfast potatoes

Protein Sources for Breakfast:

  • Eggs
  • Yogurt
  • Nut butter
  • Oatmeal
  • Lentils
  • Chia seeds
  • Quinoa

Fat Sources for Breakfast:

  • Eggs (yolk)
  • Whole milk yogurt
  • Cream cheese (non reduced-fat)
  • Chia seeds
  • Flaxseeds
  • Nut butters
  • Avocado
  • Butter (spread on toast, pancakes, French toast, etc.)

What is your favorite breakfast?

If you need guidance on your feeding journey with your little one I would love to help. I offer a variety of 1:1 nutrition counseling services (click here for more).