Here are some breakfast ideas for a toddler that cannot have wheat, soy, eggs, dairy, or nuts. This list is based off of experiences with my daughter coupled with recommendations from her dietitian.
One thing to note, per the dietitian: adding in bacon and sausage to a toddler’s are great ways to increase zinc, iron, and fat. Unlike adults, high cholesterol from red meat is no cause for concern for children (if it is at all.. that is all being re-thought according to her. Who knows on that front.). All the fat and cholesterol children eat goes to their brain development; so do not be afraid to add lots of red meat to your little one’s limited diet. We were advised to do that–to “pull out all the stops” as the dietitian put it.
I am always experimenting and changing things up, meaning I will continue to add to this list, so don’t forget to check back later.
Compliment these breakfast ideas with a cup of 1/2 rice milk, 1/2 hemp milk (has more calories than just rice milk), 1 cup of enriched rice milk, or a cup of enriched orange juice.
1 large Pancake (here is an example recipe)
4 small slices of uncured, allergy friendly bacon (Natural Choice is what we use),
A few small apple slices and some grapes
Homemade hash browns (peel and grate a red potato, soak in ice water and a little salt for about 5 minutes, drain, dry off with paper towels, sprinkle with salt & pepper and fry in avocado or canola oil until crispy)
1-2 links of pork sausage (check the ingredients to make sure it is GF, DF, etc. We use Walmart’s Great Value pork links. See pictures here)
A few slices of pear & some blueberries
1 Grape Muffin (or more, but at least one)
1 big piece of turkey sausage (again, Walmart has an allergy friendly one, see picture here)
1/2 banana & some pieces of avocado
1 thick slice zucchini bread topped with this mixture: 1/4 a banana, about 1/4 a small avocado, a couple tablespoons or so of cooked pumpkin. Mash them all together and spread on the zucchini bread & drop your child’s favorite fruit on top (my daughter loves blueberries)
1 large piece of turkey sausage
1 Savory Veggie Waffle (I do Belgian waffles, so 1 is plenty, but more is okay too. My daughter sometimes eats 1 & 1/2 to 2 of them)
3 slices of bacon (you could even break it up and serve on top of the waffle)
A few orange slices & some papaya
1 Chocolate chip muffin broken into pieces, topped with applesauce, strawberry slices, and orange slices
2 pork sausage links
1 Cinnamon waffle topped with honey syrup (1 tablespoon honey, 4 frozen blueberries, 1 slice of frozen peach: microwave in a small bowl for 3- seconds, mix, slice fruits into small pieces)
4 slices of bacon, dipped in honey syrup
Fresh sliced peach & some grapes
These are examples of breakfasts that I feed my daughter fairly regularly. Obviously, balance out their snacks with what breakfast you feed them. For example: give a chickpea cake slice for snack with Breakfast 3, fruits and grains with Breakfast 5 (the waffles are half veggie), etc. And get creative!
The MOST IMPORTANT tip I can give you is FREEZE the food you make! Muffins, zucchini bread, waffles, bacon.. I freeze everything and just take out one serving at a time and microwave or cook it. That way I have plenty of food options that I don’t have to worry about going bad if we don’t eat them fast enough.
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