Sure, breakfast might be the most important meal of the day, but try telling that to a preschooler who’s more interested in playing than eating their pancakes. Still, when your kid has to get up and ready to start the day, you need a meal that’s going to be as hearty and healthy as it is delish. So if you’re tired of serving the same old thing, these 25 breakfast ideas for preschoolers just might move you to the head of the class.
The good news is that there's no need to come up with a breakfast bonanza every morning just to get your kid to eat. “While it's important to offer a variety, it's not absolutely necessary to offer new breakfast foods every day,” nutritionist Kara Hoerr, RDN, tells Romper in an email. “Instead, offer variety by making small changes to their meal.” Still, you might find that after weeks of frozen waffles, both you and your child are looking for something deliciously different. So if your kid craves oatmeal in the mornings, for example, you can vary it by offering different toppings, such as fruits, some seeds (chia, hemp, or even flax for crunch), or other yummy add-ins like nut butter, cinnamon — or even mini chocolate chips.
If at all possible, try to steer clear of the sugary stuff, though. “All parents should aim to avoid two things, sugar and chemicals, therefore the more real, whole foods they can provide their children, the better,” Melissa Kathryn, a certified holistic nutritionist, tells Romper in an email. So even though your kid is begging for a powdery donut, try some toast with sliced avocado instead (that's the same to a toddler, right?).
And on those manic mornings when you have 30 seconds to serve up your child's first meal of the day, make it fruit. “Depending on dietary needs and restrictions, fruit is always a great first food on an empty belly,” Dr. Olivia Audrey, M.D., a board certified naturopathic doctor and wellness expert, tells Romper in an email. “High in fiber and natural sugars, it can help restore blood sugar levels as well.” You can also opt for proteins (think eggs) that can help keep your kiddo feeling full until snack time at school.
So if you’re looking to get your preschooler to eat something (anything) before the start of the school day, you can check out what these moms are serving up for breakfast. You might be inspired to makeover your morning menu.