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Favorite Breakfasts at Our House

September 14, 2009

One of my favorite things to save when Amelia was smaller was lists of others’ ideas about food to give to toddlers/kids. There’s a great one that floated round forever(I probably have it saved somewhere still and will pull it out for Nick) with great ideas for finger foods for babies. I loved that list when I just couldn’t come up with ideas of things to give her after feeding the same stuff over and over. So, I thought I’d make  few posts about some favorites around here in case anyone needs ideas. I’m not saying I’m an expert, that they’re perfectly healthy or anything of the sort. Just wanted to share in case anyone needs so ideas to change things up around your house! I’ll do snack/lunches in another post. They essentially blend into the same food options around here.

-Eggs any way: Scrambled, “Dippy,” Eggs in a Nest(cut a circle out of a piece of toast, put the bread in the pan and cook the egg in the toast.), Poached, Omelettes(a great way to add veggies – spinach or kale especially work well because she can’t pick them out, also broccoli, onions, peppers, mushrooms – you name it!) hard boiled

-Yogurt with cereal and wheat bran or germ

-Oatmeal – especially steel cut

-Fruit of any kind

-Toast or English Muffins or Mini Whole Wheat Bagels- with peanut butter(and bananas sometimes!), cheese, cream cheese, cinnamon and a tiny bit of sugar on butter

-Cereal – we always have a bunch around, but the Cheerioes get eaten 10 times faster than anything else around here

-Whole Wheat or Buckwheat Pancakes

-Waffles – especially with yogurt or peanut butter on top. I haven’t been the best about making and freezing them lately, so our go-to brand in the freezer section at the store is the Kashi Strawberry Flax

-Muffins – especially our new favorite Whole Wheat and Bran Muffins (recipe at the end of the post)

-Whole Wheat French Toast with fruit

-Cottage Cheese and Fruit

-Breakfast Burritos – scrambled eggs in a tortilla with a bit of cheese and salsa


I know that there are also tons of great books out there about nutrition for children, but I have to share my latest favorite – The Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood: Ten Ways to Get Your Family on the Right Nutritional Track by William Sears, Martha Sears, James Sears, and Robert Sears.  I just looked it up to give a link and it’s only $5.60 on Amazon!

Whole Wheat and Bran Muffins:

{Adapted from Eileen Behan, R.D.’s Eat Well, Lose Weight While Breastfeeding}

-3/4c wheat bran

-3/4c whole wheat flour

-1/2c bran buds (when I don’t have these, I just skip them)

-1/2c brown sugar

-2t baking soda

1/4t salt

-1 large egg lightly beaten (or substitute with 1T ground flax seed and 3T water)

-2/3c plain yogurt

-1/4c vegetable oil (or substitute with 1/4c applesauce)

-Optional: Berries(we use frozen blueberries a lot), raisins, dried fruit, nuts

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Mix all dry ingredients. In a separate large bowl, mix all wet ingredients. Fold in dry ingredients until just mixed – don’t over mix! Batter will be thick and grainy – that’s how you want it to be.  If you’re adding anything like raisins or berries, fold them in. Pour batter into lightly oiled muffin tin and baked for 18-20 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.

Note: These muffins freeze well, so I usually double the batch and throw them in the freezer. If you take a couple out at night before you go to bed, they’ll be defrosted and ready to eat in the morning!

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  1. September 14, 2009 3:37 pm

    THANK YOU!!! i am in a serious food rut around here, and while i have the fixings for almost all of these items, i tend to give her the same thing over and over and over again.

    i pretty much always eat a bagel with cream cheese, and i’m afraid i’m putting my “same old routines” onto her.

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