5 Fun Breakfast Recipes for Toddlers and their Health Benefits
A well fed child is a happy child. And we all know how important eating a balanced diet is. But… don’t dare and discuss it with your fussy eater. They’ll roll their eyes. One thing,
because they don’t like hearing anything that sounds lecture-y; second, they don’t care about food unless it’s fried, sweet, or snacky. Therefore, we’ve gathered some awesome ideas to make feeding your sweet, little kid easier.
Along with the recipes, we’ll also discuss briefly what nutritional requirements they fulfill.
1. Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes
These pancakes aren’t originally Indian and therefore attract toddlers even more. You just have to mention something fancy and they come running to eat. But as a parent or a guardian, your job is to make such foods not only delicious, but also absolutely healthy. And whole wheat banana pancakes sets an awesome example!
Recipe by: Cookie+Kate
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder (not soda!)
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon (ground)
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 egg
- ⅔ cup milk of choice (animal/vegan)
- 2 large bananas – 1 mashed, 1 sliced for toppings
- 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter or coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Sugar (as per your taste) or honey
Toppings: maple syrup, honey, chocolate/strawberry sauce, sliced banana, butter, or anything your child enjoys.
What to do:
- 1. Mix the dry and the wet ingredients in two separate bowls.
- 2. Whisk all the ingredients to combine them so there are no lumps.
- 3. Heat your pan until it’s hot enough to sizzle a water drop and grease it if required.
- 4. Pour a little batter on the pan (you don’t need to manually spread it).
- 5. Turn it over when you see bubbles on the surface. The perimeter will also turn matte from glossy. Cook the other side for a minute or until it’s golden-brown.
- 6. Serve it immediately with toppings of choice.
REPEAT with the remaining batter.
Health benefits of Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes:
Whole wheat banana pancakes is a smart replacement for regular pancakes. The whole wheat substitute for all purpose flour makes the pancakes offer tonnes of health benefits and are also more filling because of being loaded with fibre. (All purpose flour is super refined and therefore very low in fibre.)
Whole wheat is loaded with dietary fibre, vitamins A, B complex, C, D, E and K, and minerals potassium, calcium, selenium, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, and folate..
Bananas, on the other hand, are 75% water, rich in vitamin B6 and C and potassium, and offer many health benefits. They’re also a source of antioxidants catechin and dopamine.
Eggs are a great source of healthy fatty acids and are said to increase the levels of good cholesterol HDL in the body. They’re a rich source of vitamins A, B2, B5,B12, folate, phosphorus, and selenium.
“Eggs also contain decent amounts of vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B6, calcium and zinc” – Healthline.
However if your child can’t eat eggs for any reason, check this eggless pancake recipe from EgglessCooking.
2. Moong Dal Chilla with Grated Vegetables
Moong dal chilla is easy to make and also very healthy. The grated vegetable stuffing can make it all the more tasty and healthy, for example, carrot, pea and paneer stuffing goes great with chilla.
- 1 cup moong dal
- 3-4 cups water
- Salt to taste
- ¼ tsp red chili powder
- ½ tsp roasted cumin powder
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder
- Grated carrots
- Chopped/grated paneer (feta cheese)
- ½ cup peas
- Chopped coriander
- Chopped onion
- Ginger paste
- Black pepper powder to taste
1. Rinse and soak the moong dal in twice to thrice the amount of water for about 4 hours.
2. The dal will double in size. Discard the extra water; grind the dal to make a paste by adding 1 to two tablespoons of water.
3. Add salt, chili, turmeric, and cumin powder along with the ginger paste, chopped onion and coriander. Mix well.
4. Heat a pan and spread the mix circularly on it with the help of a large spoon.
5. Cook both sides and serve hot with the paneer-carrot mixture seasoned with some salt and black pepper inside the folded chilla.
This is both filling and delicious.
Health benefits of Moong Dal Chilla:
Moong dal is very beneficial for the heart and immune system. All the ingredients together make a nutrient-rich meal for everyone in the family. Like all daals, moong daal is also a great source of proteins, especially essential in a vegetarian/vegan diet. The addition of coriander and other vegetables further increases the nutritional benefits of the dish and vary with the vegetables used. Overall, absolutely healthilicious!
3. Dalia Kheer
Your little one may not be excited by the idea of eating dalia. The best way to feed them anything is by making it sweet!
- 1 tbsp Dalia
- 1 tsp sugar (you may replace refined sugar with jaggery or honey)
- 1 tsp ghee
- 500 mL milk
- Dry fruits (optional)
1. Take a pan and melt ghee in it.
2. Add the dalia and roast it well in the ghee.
3. Once roasted, take out the dalia in a separate bowl/plate.
4. Add milk in the pan.
5. You may keep stirring it so the milk doesn’t stick to the pan.
6. Add dalia to the milk and keep stirring.
7. The milk will start getting thick. At this point, you can add the sugar and dry fruits.
8. Let this cook until the dalia is well soft to eat.
Serve immediately or cold. This is delicious anyway!
Health benefits of Dalia Kheer
Dalia is a form of wheat known as broken wheat. It is fibrous and therefore very easy to digest. It can also help treat constipation in children. Moreover, dalia contains minerals such as zinc, selenium, phosphorus, magnesium, folate, copper, sodium, potassium, iron, and manganese, and vitamins B1, B2, and B3, etc.
4. Oatmeal Chocochip Cookies
This is more of a reward snack option, but healthy. Plus, they’re home-baked so you control what goes in them.
Recipe by: Recipezazz
- 1 cup Softened Butter
- 2 eggs (optional)
- 1-2 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon milk
- ½ cup granulated sugar, 1 ¼ cup brown sugar
(you can adjust the amount of sugar as per your taste)
- 1 ¾ cup flour (all purpose or whole wheat)
- 2 ½ cup rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt (optional)
- Chocolate chips or shavings
- Dry fruits (optional, but super healthy)
1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C/ 375 F
2. Whisk the butter and sugar to make a light, creamy mixture. Add vanilla, milk and eggs and beat well.
3. Add flour, baking powder, and salt and mix.
4. Stir in oats and chocolate chips/shavings.
5. Place equal sized scoops/rolls on your baking tray (you can line it with a cookie sheet) and bake for 9-10 minutes or 12-13 minutes for chewy or crisp cookies, respectively.
6. The cookies need to be cooled for a minute on the tray and then on a wire rack before being served.
Health benefits of Oatmeal Chocochip Cookies:
Because of similar ingredients as of pancakes, these cookies have similar nutrient gains. The addition of oats likely provides the following vitamins B1, and B12, and minerals including manganese, phosphorus, copper, iron, selenium, magnesium, and zinc thus providing tonnes of health benefits.
5. Pizza Bread
Well, if you think of it, it is a healthy and a very clever choice. You can stuff it with numerous veggies and you bet your child won’t be able to see them in the first look! It will taste like pizza but will be a healthier alternative hiding the veggies!
And if you’re vary of the pizza base, you can totally make it at home.
Ingredients: For Bread
- 1 cup flour (you may use whole wheat or all purpose)
- 1 tsp dried yeast
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- Pizza seasoning (oregano, garlic powder, chili flakes, thyme, basil, or anything you have)
- ½ cup water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil/butter
For Pizza stuffing
- Finely chopped vegetables
(Your tiny tod will be thrilled if you include pineapple too!)
1. Heat the water to make it lukewarm (not hot!), add sugar and yeast and stir till it’s dissolved.
2. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes to activate the yeast.
3. Mix the chopped vegetables in a bow and add seasoning and cheese to it.
4. Mix the flour, salt and seasoning in a separate bowl. Add oil/butter and mix thoroughly.
5. Add the yeast-water and knead the dough until it stretches well without breaking (indicating gluten formation). This will take a good 10-20 minutes time. Beat the dough into a ball and apply a layer of oil on the surface. Keep it covered at a warm place for at least an hour (will take more if the weather is cold).
6. When the dough doubles in size, punch it to expel the air and again knead it for 4-5 minutes. Divide the whole in equal portions.
7. At this time, preheat your oven at 180 C. Roll the portions in chapati-thick long ovals/rectangles. Place chopped vegetables and cheese in one half and fold it so that the stuffing is inside (like stuffed garlic bread or MacPuff). OR – you can roll a big circle and put stuffing in one half and fold (and cut into sticks after baking). You don’t need to stick the ends, the baking will do that.
8. Place these on a tray and let them bake for 15 minutes or until they’ve risen and turned golden-brown.
9. Make sure that the bread is well cooked before serving it to your toddler.
Serve hot with tomato ketchup and let it do its magic.
Health benefits of Pizza Bread:
Vegetables are overall very healthy and have a lot of vitamins and minerals. Toddlers especially are very fussy when it comes to vegetables. All you need to do is impress them with colors. Also, anything that looks like outside food is a win-win. You can definitely use whole wheat for this instead of plain flour. This is just a fancy version of eating chapati and vegetables, isn’t it?
However, using refined plain flour (maida) is also not a bad option if your child or you don’t thrive on it!
The stories of fussy-eaters aren’t new. We would all have been there at some point of our childhood. We only need to be smart and find more creative ways to feed these naughties. The thumb rule (here) is hiding! Hide as many veggies or whatever your young one fusses about in something they love or make it sweet. Or – you can bare it all by making your dish look naturally colourful and attractive (try not to add artificial colours and flavours). They’ll come running and eat what you serve them!