This week Cara, our vegetarian nutritionist talks about breakfast.
I was really looking forward to writing a post about my perfect daughter and how she ate the plateful of scrambled eggs and toast I made her every morning. Evelyn did eat eggs…at one point…but now she swats them away as if they were poison. Alas, we had several great months of a high protein, high iron breakfast. (By the way, eggs are the perfect protein and contain just about every vitamin and mineral you need. They are a great addition to a vegetarian diet however, I suggest eggs of the organic variety).
Here are the recent breakfast ideas I’ve come up with in the past few days that Evelyn will soon be taste testing.
- Soggy cereal- Soaking a whole-grain, fortified cereal in whole milk will provide all the micro-nutrients she needs, as well as fat and protein. At 14 months, she can’t handle the texture of dry cereal.
- Cream of Wheat- I LOVED this as a child. It is fortified with vitamins and minerals and we always recommend it for children who are anemic because it contains the daily allowance of iron.
- Yogurt- This has been my go-to breakfast in the past. Mixing pureed fruit into whole-milk, plain yogurt is a tasty and nutritious option that Evelyn enjoys.
There are a ton of great breakfast resources out there. I find that not many of them address the early toddler age group though. I’d love to know what other moms are serving their infants/toddlers for breakfast and what moms are serving their big kids, as well! Please share your ideas!