Breakfast Ideas for a 1 & 3 Yr Old

Updated on August 28, 2007
W.D. asks from Beaver Crossing, NE
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I'm in need of some breakfast ideas for my kids, 1 1/2 yrs and 3 yrs old. My 3 yr old os on this kick where "breakfast" has to be called "snack" and she expects it to look like a snack. Any ideas will be helpful!!

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answers from Sioux Falls on


Try cut up apples pears ect. Also my kids love the eggos they think these are great and we use them for special breakfast treats.
Hope this helps,

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answers from Omaha on

I have kids the exact same age. Breakfast can be a challenge. I have found that cookie cutters can make breakfast a lot more fun. Every morning the kids pick out a cookie cutter and then I make toast or pancakes in the shape of the cutter. Things definitely taste better when they are in shapes! (I end up eating the leftovers that surround the shapes so there isn't a whole lot of wasted bread.) I also make tiny sized pancakes (I buy the kind that you just need to add water, so it only takes a couple of minutes to make them) that they can dip in syrup and I let them pick a color of food coloring and add it to the batter. What kid can pass up getting to dip bite-sized, blue pancakes? If we are in a hurry, I open a nutrigrain bar and some yogurt. Since the nutrigrain bar comes in a shiny package, they might associate that with a snack. You can also freeze yogurt sticks (go-gurt). The kids think that they are getting to eat a popscicle for breakfast, but it's yogurt! We also cut up fruit in cereal. I let the kids pick the kind of cereal, but then I try to make it somewhat nutritional by adding a little fruit. If I feel real ambitious...I make scrambled eggs and ham or I take time to make fruit smoothies, but that doesn't happen very often. I know that some of these ideas aren't very nutritious, but I hope it will give you a couple of ideas. I will be checking in on what others suggest too. I am always looking for more ideas!


P.S.- We have a lot in common. Our kids are the same age and sex, we both stay at home, and we have a lot of the same interests! :)

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answers from Des Moines on

If you take the fruit and grain bars (the soft ones) and cut it into 6-8 pieces.

If your kids like yougurt, take dixie cups and fill them with yougurt and put a popsicle stick in it and freeze it.

This would work with any kind of cereal, raisins and just 5-6 marshmellows and put them in a 6-8oz solo cup.

Fruit cup?

I hope that this helps. I am a mom of a 4 year old and getting ready in the morning is crazy! I work full time also, So....

Good Luck!




answers from Boise on

Breakfast has been tricky at my home as well. My girls are 4 and 19 months and they both love smoothies in the morning. It doesn't seem like breakfast to them. This is a great alternative to forcing them to sit down at the table. I feel good about giving it to them because it is fairly healthy. Here's what use to make our smoothies: Vanilla yogurt, banana, frozen berries (my kids love blueberries & raspberries), sometimes a few ice cubes, a little juice. Blend it up, put it in their sippys and good to go.
Hope this helps!



answers from Great Falls on

Breakfast doesn't have to be breakfast. It can be anything. Just make sure whatever she eats is healthy. And if she doesn't eat, don't worry too much. Kids won't starve. They'll eat when they are ready. I know it seems like you're not giving them enough. But really she'll be okay. Good Luck!!!



answers from Omaha on

Fruit, cereal, poptart. there are lots of ways you can feed breakfast appearing to be a snack. Cut your toast into cool shapes with a cookie cutter and top with peanut butter. Dry cereal works for snack time and I don't know many kids who don't like it. You can also use the cookie cutters on pancakes and eggs. Finger jello, little waffles, sausage biscuits-Good luck!



answers from Des Moines on

We get a little creative, to keep breakfast fun -- my 3 year old girl also likes to call it a snack! She likes toast with flavored cream cheese (usually combined with apple slices, grapes, or half a banana), yogurt in a tube, raisin bread toast, and some days we even have Chex mix or dry Cheerios mixed with raisins and a few marshmallows! Homemade banana bread or milkshakes with banana, a handful of berries, some milk, and a little ice cream, are some of her favorites (and a great way to use those soft bananas she doesn't want to eat). I've even let her have an oatmeal raisin cookie once or twice -- I figure it's better than not eating at all!



answers from Des Moines on

Start serving "breakfast" food at her real snack time and she won't know the difference! Just kidding. Actually, we do let our daughter eat pancakes and waffles and hard boiled eggs and such for snack when we have leftovers. She also eats veggies at breakfast when they are left over from supper and doesn't care. Granted, we have started this from day one so, she doesn't know any better. As long as you food is healthy, who cares when it is served! I mean that light-heartedly, of course. If her snacks are "junk food" maybe you can wean her more from those so that all meals can include a variety of foods.



answers from Cheyenne on

What works for us is a smoothie:

2 cups frozen berries
1 banana (I peel and freeze them, but fresh is fine too)
2 cups of milk
1/2 cup of pasturized egg product (egg beaters)*
1/2 cup oatmeal, finely ground (we use a coffe grinder)
2 Tbsp ground flax seeds
approx 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder

throw it all in the blender. mmmm yummy!

This makes 2 (16 oz) servings for me and one (8 oz) serving for my daughter. I drink one for breakfast and one for snack; she drinks 1/2 at breakfast and finishes it at snack time.

I just give her a handful of cereal or some fruit to go along with it so she feels she's eating, because while I know that's enough protein, fat and carbs to give her a great start, she just thinks it's a yummy drink, lol.




answers from Bismarck on

My boys love to call breakfast "snack" and the all time favorite at our house is toaster waffles (we're usually pressed for time in the morning) cut into quarters and then add a squirt of Reddi Whip to each quarter. Not too much sugar and a fun fancy breakfast "snack"-it's easy to add fruit too! Once in a while add decorating sprinkles to the ReddiWhip squirt. Fun!

Good luck!



answers from Omaha on

take a banana, put peanut butter around in and roll in rice crispies (cocoa or plain)...ants on a log! Very tasty and healthy, I still eat them as my snack!



answers from Bismarck on

Have you tried cutting up apples or bannanas and dipping them in yogurt or peanut butter? Also you could cut up french toast into strips and have her dip them in syrup. My kids always fell for the dipping idea! Or just arrange items on the plate to look more snacky cereal in one divider/no milk fruit,toast...

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