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Breakfast for babies and toddlers

When switching to family meals, breakfast is often the first meal where porridge is replaced by "real" food from the shared family table. In the following I would like to give you a few ideas for a healthy breakfast for toddlers and look forward to your comments and further suggestions on this topic!

What should a toddler eat for breakfast?

In principle, breakfast for toddlers is no different from a healthy breakfast for an adult:

Complex carbohydrates form the basis, for example whole grain bread or cereal flakes (muesli). On the breakfast plate there should always be something protein-rich such as cheese, nuts or seeds (as puree or ground), milk, yoghurt, egg or, of course, protein is also contained in whole grain products. There is also 1 serving of fruit or vegetables and a drink such as a glass of (plant-based) milk, water or mild fruit tea.

Here are a few specific examples to help you imagine.

  1. Muesli made from oat flakes, with 1 tbsp almond or cashew butter (or ground), yogurt or milk (vegetable or animal) + fruit such as B. banana or berries, plus 1 cup of unsweetened fruit tea
  2. Fine wholemeal bread with nut butter and banana slices. In addition 1 cup of (plant-based) milk.
  3. Semolina porridge made from whole milk + wholemeal spelled semolina + ground almonds, with blueberry and banana puree. With 1 cup of unsweetened fruit tea.
  4. Whole grain rolls with hummus / butter / cream cheese and 1 slice of cheese, with cucumber slices or tomato. There is 1 cup of water as a drink.

In the following I will go into more detail about the individual components:

Which bread is suitable?

When it comes to bread, it is best to use finely ground wholemeal bread, it is healthy and easy to chew. Grains and nuts are still too dangerous as small children can choke on them. If you like to make bread yourself, I can recommend the recipe for baby bread without salt.

Which sandwich toppings can I put on my toddler's bread?

Here are a few ideas for a varied bread topping:

  • Butter: The classic, but bread and butter always tastes good at any age.
  • Cream cheese: There are countless variations here. It is best to start with the natural version. Many children also like the cream cheese with herbs, but you can also mix these yourself into the natural cream cheese, for example. Or how about a quick 3-minute carrot and apple cream cheese?
  • avocado: Simply mash some avocado pulp with a fork and smear it on the bread with a knife. Tip: The avocado is ripe when the skin is black and the "stalk" gives way when you press it in. There are 3 quick avocado spreads to make yourself here.
  • Nut butter (not chunky, but fine and without added sugar or salt): Almond butter or peanut butter, for example, is suitable (provided there is no nut allergy!). Nut butter contains valuable vegetable fatty acids, many B vitamins and also minerals. If almond butter is too expensive for you, I can recommend the fine peanut butter from Alnatura or Rapunzel "*, it is a good alternative to jam and co.
  • Pureed or mashed with a fork, fresh fruit such as banana, raspberries or strawberries. Particularly tasty on bread with butter, cream cheese or quark.
  • Vegetable spreads from the organic or supermarket. The blog also has a recipe for a fruity lentil spread or homemade hummus.
  • Mild herbal quark: Simply mix low-fat quark with a little pepper and fresh herbs or frozen herbs such as chives and parsley.
  • Jam: Delicious but unfortunately not too healthy either, as the main ingredient is sugar. Homemade jam with less sugar or jam with coconut blossom sugar can be a good alternative here.
  • honey: Attention please no honey in the first year of life. Honey also contains a lot of sugar and should therefore not be on the menu every day.
  • sausage and cheese are of course also an option for toppings, but also contain a lot of salt. Small children like mild cheese such as butter cheese or Gouda cheese, but our son also likes to eat spicy mountain cheese, for example. The same applies here: Just try it out and offer different varieties so that the child can get used to the different flavors.

Muesli for toddlers

Muesli can also be a good and healthy alternative to breakfast bread. It doesn't even have to be a special children's cereal, fine oat or millet flakes are just as suitable and most of them are even cheaper. If you do want to buy one, then you should take a closer look at the list of ingredients to see if there is sugar or any additives or flavorings hidden in it. Children's cereals often contain a high proportion of dried fruit, which makes them very sweet. You can therefore mix them with normal oatmeal.

You can serve the muesli with (plant-based) milk or yoghurt and refine it with a few fresh fruits, e.g. chopped strawberries or bananas. Overnight oats, which are oat flakes that soak in liquid overnight, are also very tasty. You can find our favorite recipes for overnight oats here.

You can also find more ideas here in the eBook "Breakfast, Baby!":

No more boredom at breakfast:

What can my toddler drink for breakfast?

According to the recommendation of the DGE, the dose of cow's milk should be limited to the amount of 200 ml in the evening porridge and no cow's milk should be offered for drinking until the first birthday. From the 1st birthday, according to the recommendation, the toddler "may" also drink cow's milk from the mug for breakfast. Whole milk with 3.5% fat is best here. Please boil raw milk or preferred milk beforehand.

Your child does not like milk, mild fruit tea or water is suitable.

What should I do if my child doesn't want breakfast?

If your child doesn't want breakfast bread or muesli for breakfast, you can try a fruit smoothie or fruit milk. In addition, simply fruit of your choice and z. B. puree some milk and serve with a straw. This alternative can be made quickly and is well received by those who don't like breakfast, because breakfast is easy to drink.

Or how about some delicious banana muffins, homemade fruit bars or muesli biscuits for breakfast?

What can I do to make breakfast more varied?

There are numerous different options for a healthy and balanced breakfast. Here on the blog you will find a 14-day plan for a varied breakfast that the whole family will enjoy.

Where can I find more information about breakfast for toddlers?

Very helpful not only on the subject of "breakfast" but also for snacks, lunch and dinner: The brochure "How much does my child eat and drink in the second and third year of life" offers a great orientation for the portion sizes. The brochure can be downloaded free of charge. [Note on the link: Unfortunately I cannot link the brochure here directly, as the link is constantly changing. Please search for the title directly via Google - click on the 1st result in the list from the "Bavarian State Government". There you can download the brochure free of charge.]

You can order a very easy-to-understand brochure on this subject for 3 euros from the German Nutrition Society: “The best food for small children” - brochure

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