Breakfast Rotations

How does your family do breakfast? A common pain point I find with clients is that their child seems to eat the same food over and over again for breakfast, the child becomes tired of said food and stops eating that food completely - leaving parents unsure of what to serve. Many times, we think about variety in lunches and dinners, but we fall short in making sure we are providing variety with breakfast. Here I post 8 breakfast ideas - very easy, full of nutrition, and provide variety throughout the week. There are no secrets to these food items, they are every day breakfast items, but I hope they inspire you. Most of these are probably foods you already have on hand and serve throughout the week. The colorful Ikea plates make them fun as well (although my 4 year old is almost always insisting on a pink plate)! Do you have easy breakfast ideas? Share with me below!

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Day 1

Waffles, fruit, avocado, and yogurt

Here I combine a frozen waffle (I love Trader Joe’s and Van’s brands) with fruit and some healthy fat from the avocado and yogurt. We used frozen mango, I keep a bag on hand for smoothies but also provide this when I don’t have fresh fruit available. Other frozen fruit works really well too, like blueberries and peaches.

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Day 2

Oatmeal with chia seed and yogurt with fruit

I love a bowl of warm oatmeal on a cold winter morning. For my children, oatmeal is hit or miss, but I keep offering. I add chia seeds, yogurt and sliced banana to my oatmeal. I like adding yogurt to my oatmeal to provide a more filling breakfast. Here I sliced mango and pear - we happened to have ripe fruit on hand!

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Day 3

Scrambled eggs, toast and fruit

Scrambled eggs are my favorite breakfast food. They are easy and packed with nutrition. But, I know, along with everything else, I can’t serve them every day or a food jag will happen. I occasionally add seasoning to my eggs, like garlic powder and cumin. Bonus if my 4 year old helps me as well - when she helps me prepare the food, she is more likely to eat it at breakfast time!

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Day 4

DIY yogurt and granola parfait

One of my favorite breakfast menu items! I provide the kiddos yogurt, sliced bananas or other fruit and some sort of granola (muesli is pictured here). Then I let my kids create their own parfait in a separate bowl. It may get eaten before it’s placed in the bowl, but the point is to have a fun and engaging breakfast.

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Day 5

Yogurt, french toast bake and fruit

I love french toast, but don’t love standing over the stove. I created THIS RECIPE for a french toast bake and make it almost every weekend. I pair this with yogurt and fruit to make it a perfectly balanced breakfast.

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Day 6

Avocado toast, Cheerios and milk with fruit

Avocado toast is one of my favorites, and my kids seem to like it too. Cheerios are a staple. This picture really describes itself!

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Day 7

Mini egg muffins and smoothie

A nice change to a scrambled egg and easy to prepare: scramble an egg, spray a mini muffin tin with non-stick spray and place about 1.5 tbsp of the egg into the tin. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes and you have mini-muffin eggs. Pair with a smoothie (THIS HANDOUT includes some of my favorite combinations). Enjoy!

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Day 8

Oat balls with fruit

I intended to post a week’s worth of breakfast, but these were too fun not to share. I originally created these when my little one started solids (she was all about finger foods). For these I added 1/3 cup cooked oats with 1/3 cup cooked TEFF, 1 tbsp peanut butter and rolled about 1 tbsp into a ball. Delicious!

RecipesRachel Rothman