Easy & Healthy Recipes for Preschoolers
Preschool builds a foundation for children to continue learning, growing, and gaining knowledge. One of the most important meals to get them through their day is breakfast! Make sure your little one starts their morning alert and ready for discovery with a healthy, nutritional meal.
Fruit plus protein equals vitamins and staying full through lunch. Try any of these kid-friendly ideas for nutrient-packed, energy-boosting breakfasts:
- Smoothie – Blending fruit, vanilla yogurt, and milk (dairy or almond) can make a delicious treat that tastes as good as dessert! Some popular combinations are: banana, red apple, peanut butter, and milk; or pineapple with strawberries, vanilla yogurt, and milk. You can also add a dash of cinnamon or vanilla extract for extra flavor.
- Quiche muffins – Mix eggs 6, 1 cup heavy cream, pieces of ham, chopped onions, and shredded cheese in a bowl. Pour the mixture into a greased cupcake tin and bake at 375 degrees for 15-25 minutes. If you think you can get away with it, mix in some spinach or tomatoes too!
- Fruit parfait – If your kiddo likes fruit, this is probably your easiest breakfast. In a clear cup, layer whole grain granola, vanilla yogurt, blueberries, and strawberries. Some people also like to add raspberries or bananas to the mix. For a pink parfait, try strawberry yogurt.
- Oatmeal cookies – While your everyday breakfast bars can be full of preservatives and processed ingredients, homemade cookies and bars are a healthy alternative. Simply combine 2 ripe, mashed bananas with 1 cup of dry oats. Mix in chocolate chips, raisins, or cranberries, and bake small scoops for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Whole grain toast – Add your kid’s favorite jelly or topping to a piece of whole wheat toast. Serve with a side of apple slices or a banana for a well-rounded, energy-boosting meal!
A Well-Rounded Breakfast Makes a Happy Preschooler
Mini muffins, donuts, and bagels can leave your child feeling tired or cranky in the morning. A lack of nutrients means that they also may grow hungry far before lunch, making it difficult to concentrate. Each of idea above is fairly simple and can often be prepared a night in advance. So ditch the sugary bars and cereal, and start trying some quick recipes that your kids will love!
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