On a recent weekday morning, a certain little lady was refusing to come down from her room. I'd decided that it was breakfast time; she decided that she wanted to play more. I'm all for independent play—heck, I spent two years dreaming of the day that would be a reality—but there are times when we adults need to be getting to work. I gave her as much time as I could, and in the meantime, I came up with the playful little breakfast that you see above to help entice her down the stairs. She was so excited to eat her lightly toasted little man sandwiches!
Trendiness aside, toast is a staple in our house and for good reason. It's quick, easy to customize, and you don't need any cooking skills to prepare it. It's easy for toddlers to hold and it's familiar. But in case you ever get stuck in the same topping rut (we usually defer to peanut butter and jam...) or just want an idea for an easy meal, here are 15 of our favorite ways to serve up toast to toddlers.
15 Yummy Toppings for Toast
When toasting bread for a toddler, you want it to be lightly toasted so that it's not too crunchy for their little mouths. Choose a light setting and stay near the toaster. Use a whole grain or whole wheat bread when possible since it's a pain-free way to incorporate fiber, B vitamins, and complex, energy-providing carbohydrates into the diets of little ones. If your kiddo prefers white bread, try white whole wheat bread to start since it's both lighter in color and it's usually a little softer in texture. You can also do all of these ideas with untoasted bread if you prefer—fun cut-out shapes optional.
1. Plain spreadable goat cheese with a drizzle of honey
2. Plain spreadable goat cheese with mild (or medium) salsa
3. Ricotta cheese with a dash of cinnamon
4. Ricotta cheese mixed with basil pesto
5. Cream cheese and mashed berries (raspberries work particularly well)
6. Greek yogurt, either plain with a little jam or fruit flavored
7. Butter, cinnamon, and honey
8. Melted cheese, either open-face or as a sandwich
9. Almond or peanut butter, either plain, with whole-fruit jam, or topped with sliced banana, apple, or pear
10. Tahini with cinnamon and honey
11. Mashed avocado (plain or with a slice of cheese underneath)
12. Leftover roasted butternut squash, mashed (sounds weird but it's actually really good!)
13. Hummus, either plain or topped with a very thinly sliced veggie
14. Apple butter, either plain, with a nut nutter, cream cheese, or with cheddar cheese
15. Mashed hard-boiled egg mixed with a little cream cheese or ricotta