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Kids Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast Ideas

Babies eating solids, toddlers and kids on up!! It’s sometimes a struggle to make a healthy meal first thing in the morning. If your child is anything like my son, he wants food RIGHT when he wakes up. Gee….I wonder where he gets that from 😉 So this was my attempt at giving myself some motivation to switch it up with healthy options. It’s so easy to just grab a yogurt or make a quick piece of buttered toast, which I’m learning is just going to have to be okay sometimes! But I also want to make an effort to give my son healthy eating habits.

It can be hard serving kids healthy meals when they are picky! Especially toddlers who love something one day and are totally disgusted by the exact same thing the next! My son is so hard to feed sometimes. One night he CHOWED down on sesame chicken, white rice and crab rangoons (I was shocked to say the least!) and the next night turned his nose up over simple spaghetti. Anyway…I do my best with feeding him healthy meals as much as I can!

What’s nice about these breakfast ideas is that they are really simple! Nothing too complicated or time consuming here!

Simple Breakfasts:

1) Simple buttered toast with slices of avocado.

One of the easiest! My go-to breakfast with my son.

2) Breakfast pancake muffins with grapes.

These pancake muffins were so easy to make and you can make them up ahead of time, stick them in the fridge or freezer and simply pop one out anytime you want! To see my recipe for them click HERE. You can add in anything you want such as blueberries, banana, spinach, etc.

3) Oatmeal and blueberries.

Bananas are a great add-in as well along with some cinnamon. Another one of my son’s favorites. He’s OBSESSED with blueberries. I prefer using plain cooked rolled oats versus instant oatmeal and just adding in whatever I want.

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4) Scrambled eggs and kiwi.

Also quick and easy!

5) Peanut toast and oranges

Make faces or fun pictures out of food to make it look more fun and appealing! I look forward to my son actually being old enough to appreciate fun things like this! 😛

6) Pineapple shaped pancakes w/ chocolate chips and bananas

Obviously they don’t have to be pineapple shaped! But have fun with it and make pancakes into shapes or characters! This is definitely not a talent of mine. I’ve seen videos where people make faces or detailed images with pancakes…crazy!

7) Eggs (switch it up from scrambled!) with cantaloupe and pineapple!

8) Avocado toast and yogurt

If you’re using an avocado that is in a really soft stage (or you can just mash it up) its perfect for spreading on toast. It’s considered a healthy fat and a super food!

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9) Strawberries and pancakes!

Clearly I just like making faces out of food! I think I’m still a kid myself! Switch it up with waffles too! Add fruit or shredded spinach for added nutrients as well.

Another fantastic option…Smoothies!!! Here are some great smoothie recipes!

Blueberry – Pear Smoothie

Berry Avocado Chia Smoothie

Celery N’ Greens Fruit Smoothie

Click on Healthy Smoothies in the menu for more smoothie ideas!

Enjoy!

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Blueberry – Pear Smoothie

Blueberry - Pear Smoothie

Back to smoothie-making for me! I have gotten so much use out of that Sili Squeeze I got to be able to easily feed my 1 year old smoothies. Definitely got my money’s worth out of that one. He absolutely loves smoothies and loves using it! Except for the fact that I still am not at the point where I can just give it to him and walk away or else he would just squeeze it eeeverywhere! So I still just hold it for him but it’s still way more convenient than using a spoon or just a regular cup and straw.

This smoothie isn’t just for babies and kids…I thought it was delicious too! Make a whole blender full and you could share it with the little ones 🙂 And since there is kale in it, even though it looks and sounds so unappetizing, you really don’t taste it so it is super healthy too!! All I could taste was blueberry, pear and yogurt goodness! I used 100% pure pomegranate juice for my liquid, which also has many health benefits.

Blueberry - Pear Smoothie

Blueberry - Pear Smoothie

 

Blueberry - Pear Smoothie

How to make:

 

Blueberry-Pear Smoothie

– 1 Pear

– 1/2 Cup Blueberries

– 1 Stalk Kale

– 1/2 Cup Yogurt (When making this for my son I used Stonyfield YoTot Whole Milk Blueberry Yogurt)

– 1/2 Cup Pomegranate Juice

– Handful of Ice

Make sure to wash off fruit and kale. Peel and core the pear. Add everything to the blender and blend well adding more pomegranate juice if you need more liquid.

This tastes so amazing! I really think that blueberry and pear is a great combination! If you have younger babes, check out my Blueberry-Pear baby food puree on my Homemade Baby Purees page. I made this a while back when my son was still itty bitty and he loved that combo even then too!

Enjoy!

 

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Celery N’ Greens Fruit Smoothie

Green Smoothie

The idea for this smoothie came about partly because I was trying to switch up my green smoothies and partly because I was trying to think of a way to use up the rest of the celery in my fridge without just eating it plain 😛 Hey, whatever works right?!

It was smoothie day in the Alex household! Some days I love making smoothies for Sawyer and I for lunch. I am just so ecstatic that he loves smoothies so that I can just make ONE thing and we can both share it. So easy! And also sneaks in those pesky veggies like spinach!

Getting right to the point today…

How to make:

Green Smoothie

Celery N’ Greens Fruit Smoothie

-2 large stalks celery

-handful of spinach

-one banana

-1 Cup chopped pineapple

1/4 Cup yogurt

1/4 Cup pineapple juice (more if you need more liquid to smooth out the smoothie)

-handful of ice

 

Chop celery fairly small so that it is easier to blend up. Add everything to the blender. Blend well. To smoothen out even more so that you don’t have spinach chunks try adding a bit more ice and liquid and blending again for about a minute.

Enjoy!

 

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St. Patrick’s Day GREEN Smoothies!

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GREEN Spinach – Kale – Kiwi Smoothie

I’ve made all sorts or green smoothies and what better than a GREEN smoothie for St. Patrick’s Day!

So I’ve made a compilation of a few of my favorite green smoothies.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Green Smoothies

 

1) Oranges & Greens Smoothie

Oranges & Greens Smoothie

 

 

Use:

-2 Oranges
-2 Bananas
-Handful of spinach
-Carrot Juice
-Vanilla Greek yogurt
-Chia seeds
-Ice

Add all ingredients to the blender and blend well!

 

 

2) Strawberry – Kiwi Smoothie

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Use:

-4 strawberries
-2 kiwis
-half banana
-handful of spinach
-3 small stalks kale
-1/4 Cup greek yogurt
-1/4 Cup carrot juice

Add ice to your blender. Add all of the ingredients and make sure to blend really well. Add more carrot juice or water if needed. The kiwi works so well in this smoothie and adds a good level of tartness. Could also add flaxseed 🙂  

 

 

 

3) Super GREEN Smoothie

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Use:

-2 Kiwis
-1/4 Cup pineapple chunks
-1 Banana
-Handful of spinach
-3 Small stalks kale
-1/2 Cup greek yogurt
-1 Spoonful of flaxseed
-1/4 Cup pineapple juice

 

Add ice along with all ingredients to your blender. Blend until very smooth. Add some water if it’s too thick. Amazingly delicious green smoothie! Yes, it is very green, but don’t go by looks! It tastes fantastic!

 

 

 

 

4) Simple Green Smoothie

Simple Green Smoothie

Simple Green Smoothie

 

Simple Green Smoothie

Use:

-2 Kiwis
-1 Banana
-1/2 Cup Pineapple chunks
-Handful of spinach
-2 tsp Chia seeds
-Coconut water (as much as needed)

Add ice along with everything else to the blender and blend well! I made this one with my son but for his added his own Yobaby whole milk yogurt and didn’t add the chia seeds to his. He loved it and so did I!

 

There you have it! Some green smoothie ideas just in time for St. Patricks day. You can find these smoothie recipes along with others on my “Healthy Smoothie” page.

Enjoy!!

 

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