Springtime Breakfast Recipes and Tips for Healthy Eating
Posted by GRABEASE® BY ELLI&NOOLI
Make breakfast fun, healthy, and delicious with our recipes for Springtime Fruit Smoothies, along with more quick and simple suggestions for easy kids’ breakfasts.
Important: Be sure to consult your pediatrician for correct portion sizes, food sensitivities, and food introduction timelines specific to your child.
Here are some quick, simple, and healthy suggestions for fun and colorful toddler-friendly breakfast delights:
Good Morning Dips & Sauces: Low-fat yogurt, unsweetened applesauce, smashed avocado, almond butter. Pair with any of the items below for a delicious breakfast or snack!
Crunchy Items: Low-sugar dry cereal, whole wheat toast fingers, mini rice cakes, shaped graham or cheese crackers
Fresh Fruits: Apples, apricots, bananas, blueberries, mangoes, peaches, strawberries cut into bite-size pieces as appropriate
Creative Proteins: Medium-firm cheeses (such as mozzarella or cheddar) shredded or cubed; sliced or chopped hard boiled egg; cubed firm tofu
Recipe: Springtime Fruit Smoothie
Whether you sip it or drink it with a straw, a fresh fruit smoothie is a quick and delicious treat for breakfast eaters of all ages. This easy, flexible and colorful recipe makes two 1-cup servings.
1 1/2 cups of milk or alternative of your choice
2 cups frozen fruit:
Use one or more of the following: frozen strawberries, mango chunks, blueberries, banana slices, blackberries.
In a blender, combine milk with your choice of frozen fruit chunks.
Blend until smooth!
Ask kids to guess the color of the smoothie based on the fruits you choose.
Try adding low sugar yogurt for a richer smoothie with probiotic benefits!
Our BPA-free convertible training cup set supports independent drinking development for your growing little one.
Tips for Developing Healthy Eating Habits
Whether your little one is easy to feed or a picky eater, experiencing baby-led weaning or heading to preschool, here are some simple ways to guide them toward a lifetime of healthy eating habits... while having fun!
Tip 1: Shop and Prepare Together
Food shop together and encourage your child to help you select vegetables, fruits, and other healthy food choices. At home, involve your child in age-appropriate food prep, such stirring batters or sauces, rinsing fruits, or tearing lettuces.
Tip 2: Make it Fun!
As your child develops food independence, add fun to breakfast (and all meals) by serving a variety of colorful foods. Use small cookie cutters to cut cheeses, breads, and other items into playful shapes. Include tasty dips or dressings for fruits and vegetables.
When introducing new foods, discuss their shape, color, and aroma, making the conversation about what a child can observe instead of whether things “taste good” from the first bite.
Since it sometimes takes repeated tries for little ones to even try a first bite, be patient and serve new foods alongside reliable favorites.
Tip 3: Model Healthy Eating and Family Routines
Schedule time in your week to sit down together and eat as a family. Model eating and enjoying the same foods as your child, especially vegetables and other healthy foods that kids take some time to appreciate. Show enthusiasm about preparing a new recipe, including why you chose it and why you are excited to taste it.
The best menus and mealtime routines are the ones that work well for you and your family. Take our suggestions as a starting point, then make them your own to help make eating healthy breakfasts delicious and fun on Easter morning and every day of the year.