Make it easier to serve a nourishing morning meal with these healthy breakfast recipes for kids. These are the BEST breakfast ideas for kids they’ll love to eat! You’ll find quick and easy recipes and ideas for eggs, dairy, waffles, pancakes, French toast, muffins, oatmeal and more.

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Breakfast Recipes for Kids

Getting that morning meal onto the table and into the kids can feel so daunting (especially if you’re short on sleep from nighttime with the kids!). But having a list of go-to recipes that are easy, healthy, and picky-eater-approved can be a big giant help.

Use this list to take the work out of coming up with healthy breakfast recipes for your entire family, little kids included.

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Best Breakfasts with Kids

These breakfast recipes include whole grains, minimal amounts of added sugar, are easy to make and chew, and have flavors that the kids will enjoy. Most of them can also be prepared in advance if you like to meal prep recipes ahead of time.

Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Kids

Each week, I try to make at least one breakfast recipe ahead of time so I can have a quick option on hand. Then, I can work in some other easy foods like cereal and yogurt.

If you aim to include 1-2 food groups per breakfast as your minimum, you can relax in knowing that the chances of your kids getting a balanced mix of nutrients over the course of the entire day are good.

TIP: You can add fruit, milk, or an easy whole grain side like toast or cereal to round out recipes as needed.

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Breakfast Recipes for Eggs

Start the day with protein-packed meals for kids with these healthy egg recipes. Each is easy to make and can be made in advance. There are great options here for babies, toddlers, and parents!

Easy Egg Cups (with Zucchini and Cheese)
Feel free to double the recipe to make a full 24 mini muffins! We like to stash these in the fridge to eat all week, so having more is usually helpful in our house.
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Mini Egg Muffins with Cheese and Veggies
These tender Egg Muffins are packed with protein and vitamins—and can be made ahead of time! Add any veggie you like, whether carrots, butternut squash, broccoli, or spinach.
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Easy Bacon and Egg Muffins
I like adding the thyme in these for extra flavor, but it's optional! Be sure to grease your muffin tin well with nonstick spray to help prevent these from sticking to the pan. A nonstick mini muffin pan works best here.
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Spinach Egg Muffins
Egg muffins will stick to a muffin tin unless you grease it well with nonstick spray. So try not to skimp on that step!
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How to Make Eggs in the Microwave
You can season the cooked egg with a little salt, butter or cheese if you’d like, but it’s very good as is. See the Note about the heat setting when cooking in a microwave.
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Favorite Spinach Eggs (Green Eggs Recipe)
Packed with spinach (and iron!), these bright green eggs are fun and delicious. You can serve them as you would scrambled eggs, or use in a breakfast burrito or egg sandwich.
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Easy Egg Bake (with Broccoli)
Transform just a few simple ingredients—including a pile of broccoli—into this protein-packed Egg Bake to share with the kids. It’s an easy breakfast or lunch that stores well and is simple to make ahead.
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Easy Zucchini Slice (to Share with the Kids)
Transform basic ingredients—including a pile of zucchini—into this protein-packed Zucchini Slice to share with the kids. It's an easy breakfast or lunch that stores well and is easy to make ahead. (See the Notes for options to up the flavor as desired.)
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Easy Breakfast Burritos
With just 4 simple ingredients, these easy Breakfast Burritos can be made ahead and reheated, or made in minutes and served right away. They're a protein-packed breakfast to share with the kids.
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TIP: You can make all of these ahead of time and store in the fridge for 3-5 days in an airtight container. (Though follow the instructions for storage in the Breakfast Burrito recipe.)

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Breakfast Recipes for Kids with Dairy

Yogurt, kefir, milk, cottage cheese…all are great options to provide calcium, vitamin D and protein at the morning meal. And most dairy recipes are super easy to make too! Choose whole milk dairy when possible for kids since they need the fat for proper development.

Easy Overnight Oats with Applesauce
You can easily double (or triple!) the recipe to make more servings. It uses a 1 to 1 ratio of yogurt to applesauce so you can easily scale it up. Mix these up the night before you plan to serve them.
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Overnight Oats with Yogurt and Berries
This overnight oats recipe makes two toddler-size breakfast portions (or 1 mama-size serving). Double it to make additional servings. 
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Overnight Oats with Greek Yogurt and Mango
You can blend all the ingredients together to make a more uniformly smooth texture if your toddler (or you!) prefer.
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Strawberry Smoothie with Yogurt
You can use fresh or frozen berries in this simple Strawberry Smoothie and the results will have a texture that is similar to drinkable yogurt. To make it thicker and to try different flavor options, see the Notes at the end of the recipe.
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Favorite Yogurt Drinks
Learn how to make homemade Yogurt Drinks to save money, customize them just for your kids, and make a nutritious breakfast or snack to share with the kids in under 5 minutes. See the Notes at the end for flavor options.
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Quick Yogurt Parfaits
Try serving these parfaits for a fun breakfast or snack. Adjust the amount as needed for your child.
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Fluffy Greek Yogurt Pancakes
With the most delicious fluffy texture and protein from Greek yogurt, these Greek Yogurt Pancakes are a breakfast win. You can add any fruit you like to the batter, too!
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Quick Cottage Cheese Pancakes
These 4 ingredient pancakes are packed with nutrients and are so yummy. Double the ingredients to make a larger batch to feed a family of four as this recipe is on the smaller side.
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Favorite Healthy Toddler Smoothie (with Veggies!)
Learn to customize yummy smoothies for your toddler by starting with one simple recipe, then adjusting based on which fruit and veggies you'd like to use.
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Easy Fruit-on-the-Bottom Yogurt
Learn how to make the best fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt with all kinds of fruit flavors—and with less sugar and for less money than buying it at the store. Scale this up or down according to how many servings you're planning to make. The directions here are for one small toddler-size serving.
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Smoothie Recipes for Kids

Pack in produce, protein, and yummy flavor all in one easy to drink recipe with these kid-friendly smoothie recipes. Serve them in a cup or a reusable pouch.

Favorite Healthy Toddler Smoothie (with Veggies!)
Learn to customize yummy smoothies for your toddler by starting with one simple recipe, then adjusting based on which fruit and veggies you'd like to use.
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Simple Green Smoothie
Frozen bananas give the smoothie a creamy, naturally sweet base, though you can make this with a fresh banana as long as the other fruit is frozen. It’s easy to add whatever berries or fruit you have on hand, so customize it for your kiddo. 
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Easy Cherry Smoothie (to Share with the Kids!)
Try this naturally sweet smoothie filled with cherries, banana, and creamy yogurt. Add the nut butter if desired for extra protein and flavor.
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Favorite Blueberry Banana Smoothie
This quick and easy Blueberry Banana Smoothie is a great option for breakfast, snack time, or even dessert. (Frozen banana will create a slightly thicker smoothie, so if you plan to serve this through a straw, I recommend doing either frozen blueberries OR bananas, but not both. See the Notes at the end for more tips.)
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Best Chocolate Smoothie (with Veggies!)
Be sure to blend this super smooth for the best texture. Use any or none of the optional ingredients. See the Notes for how to make this with regular milk.
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Favorite Mango Smoothie Recipe
This fresh Mango Smoothie is thin enough to drink through a straw and thick enough to eat with a spoon. And of course, it's super creamy!
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Banana Smoothie with Yogurt
With the creamiest texture and the simplest ingredient list, this classic Banana Smoothie with Yogurt is a delicious (and nutritious) breakfast or snack.
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Favorite Protein Shakes for Kids (with Veggies!)
Serve up a simple, yet nutritious protein smoothie with three flavor options to choose from.
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Kids Weight Gain Shake
Blend up a weight gain smoothie with accessible, nutritious ingredients for a fraction of the cost of store-bought—and with Ia flavor that's designed to please the kids!
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TIP: For any reluctant smoothie drinkers, try asking them what color they’d like to make, let them add the ingredients to the blender, and start with a very small portion to avoid overwhelming them.

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Easy Breakfast Recipes for Waffles, Pancakes, and French Toast

These breakfast recipes may seem like weekend staples, but having a stash of leftovers or extras in the fridge can be such a giant help come busy weekdays!

The Best 2-Ingredient Pancakes (Baby and Toddler Approved)
This recipe makes one small batch of super tender 2-Ingredient Pancakes. It usually makes 1-2 little-kid-size servings. To make more, simply double the recipe. These are delicate pancakes with a texture that's sort of custardy like French toast, so be gentle when flipping them. See the NOTES at the bottom for the flavor variations.
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Favorite Yogurt Pancakes
With just a few ingredients and the option to make these on the stove top or in the oven as a sheet pan pancakes, these Yogurt Pancakes are versatile and so yummy!
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Fluffy Applesauce Pancakes
These fluffy Applesauce Pancakes are easy to mix up, taste sweet and comforting, and the leftovers store nicely in the fridge or freezer. We like them topped with a little maple syrup, peanut butter, or additional applesauce.
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Best Banana Spinach Pancakes
This is a thin batter that makes tender, naturally sweet Banana Spinach Pancakes. Be sure to let the pancakes cook until the surface is almost entirely firm before you flip them over.
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Vanilla Whole-Wheat Waffles
You can make these mini or full size. (Making them mini for sure takes longer so do what works best for you!).
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Banana Waffles (Easy and Healthy)
These Banana Waffles have true banana flavor and leftovers store really well. Double the batch to make more for your family as needed.
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Baked Banana French Toast Sticks
You can use any sliced bread that you like. I typically use whole grain or sourdough. You can also bake full slices of bread, then cut into sticks with kitchen scissors. See Notes for allergy-substitutions.
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Baked French Toast Casserole Recipe
Learn how to make the easiest French toast casserole with this simple method. It works with any fruit and is a great option for using up leftover bread!
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TIP: To freeze leftover pancakes and waffles, let cool fully on a wire rack, then freeze in a gallon size zip top bag with pieces of parchment in between each so they don’t freeze together.

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Healthy Breakfast Bars

Grab-and-go breakfast bars, granola bars, and oatmeal bars are a nutritious (and easy!) way to start the day for kids and parents alike.

Healthy Breakfast Bars with Jam
Use Sunbutter to make these nut-free. You can cut these into smaller bars if desired. If you want them a little softer, serve them at room temperature rather than chilled.
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Easy Oatmeal Bars (with Blueberry and Carrot)
These oatmeal bars taste like an oatmeal cookie and are great for breakfast or snack. You can make them ahead, too! (You can add the egg or leave it out. Without egg, these are a crisp cookie bar texture. With it, they're a little cakier.)
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Favorite Fig Bars
Transform pantry staples into these amazing Fig Bars that pack protein, whole grains, and delicious flavor into one bar. These have similar flavor to store bought bars, but with less sweetness and more satisfying nutrients. YUM.
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Healthy Pumpkin Bars Recipe
These bars are tender when warm out of the oven, so do be sure to let them cool completely before slicing.
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3-Ingredient Cereal Bars
Made with just 3 pantry staples, these bars make an excellent kids snack. They hold their shape best when stored in the fridge and served cold.
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Favorite Apple Baked Oatmeal
This Apple Baked Oatmeal is delicious and hearty. It's delicate when warm, so let it cool fully before you slice it with a serrated knife. Serve it in slices like you would apple bread, or in a bowl to eat with a spoon or a fork.
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Blueberry Yogurt Cake
Bursting with fresh lemon flavor, tenderness from yogurt, and sweetness from berries, this Blueberry Yogurt Cake is the most delicious breakfast or snack—or dessert—to share with the kids. Plus: It's so easy to make!
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TIP: Each of these can be frozen so you can stash half of a batch for later in the month if you’d like.

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Best Healthy Muffin Recipes

Pick a flavor profile you and the kids enjoy and bake up a batch of healthy muffins with whole grains and minimal added sugars.

Favorite Applesauce Muffins
Perfectly spiced and just sweet enough, these Applesauce Muffins are a yummy breakfast or snack. We like these on their own, topped with nut or seed butter, or even with a smear of cream cheese. See what your littles like!
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ABC Baby Muffins (Apple, Banana and Carrot!)
These are deliberately very moist (and moister than regular muffins) to ensure they are easy for baby to chew and swallow, so expect that from the interior. They have three types of produce in the mix and are a yummy breakfast or snack.
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Banana Oatmeal Muffins (SO Good!)
With just a handful of nutritious ingredients, you can bake up super easy Banana Oatmeal Muffins to share with the kids. For the best flavor and sweetness, use bananas with a lot of brown spots. Bonus: These store so well in the fridge for days!
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Favorite Blueberry Mini Muffins
Fluffy and perfectly moist, these little muffins have protein and calcium—plus bursts of delicious blueberries. (Like Little Bites, but with more nutrients and for less $$.) See Notes for allergy variations.
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Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins (Little Bites Copycat)
Moist tender Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins that taste as good as store bought, but have a little extra nutrition? Sign. Me. Up. These muffins are seriously delicious and are a must-make if you have fans of Little Bites in your house!
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Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins
These are delicious served warm soon after baking, at room temperature or even chilled, so see what your family prefers. They are naturally dairy-free and can be made gluten-free and egg-free as well. See the Notes section for details.
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Favorite Peanut Butter Muffins
Tender, flavorful, and packed with protein, these Peanut Butter Muffins can have any add-in your family likes and they store well for days (or longer in the freezer). They're great to prep ahead and enjoy all week.
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Fluffy Almond Flour Muffins
Made with nutrient-dense but straightforward ingredients, these Almond Flour Muffins are an easy breakfast to share with the kids. And you can make them in almost any flavor to customize for your family's preferences—either with one add-in for the entire batch, or stir a little diced fruit or chocolate chips into each muffin cup for a mixed batch.
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Favorite Yogurt Muffins
This is an epic of a basic muffin recipe that you can then add flavor to in all sorts of ways—from fruit to veggies to chocolate chips. The batter is packed with protein too, so the muffins are great for breakfast or snack. (The allergy-friendly substitutions are listed in the Notes section at the bottom.)
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Fluffy Chocolate Muffins
Fluffy, tender, and just sweet enough, these are delicious Chocolate Muffins to share with the kids. See the Notes for allergy swaps.
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TIP: You can store these muffins in the fridge or freezer for future easy meals.

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Best Oatmeal Recipes

Oatmeal is easy and packed with the healthy complex carbs that kids (and adults!) need, and these recipes are toddler-approved. And check out my baby oatmeal recipe here.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with Raisins
You can double this recipe to make a larger batch to warm up and serve throughout the week.
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How to Make Oatmeal with Fruit
The base recipe makes a large amount so you can use it throughout the week. Feel free to cut it in half to make less, or just make one serving at a time using the instructions in the NOTES section below.
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Easiest Baby Oatmeal
The initial portion on this recipe is small to avoid potential waste, though increase it according to the hunger of your child. Their appetite is your best guide for how much is the right amount for them to eat. Find our favorite options for adding yummy flavor to this baby oatmeal, too.
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Banana Bread Oatmeal (to Share with the Kids)
When you use a really ripe (or over ripe) banana in this recipe, it tastes so much like banana bread—but is much faster! See the options for which toppings make this even more delish.
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Favorite Apple Baked Oatmeal
This Apple Baked Oatmeal is delicious and hearty. It's delicate when warm, so let it cool fully before you slice it with a serrated knife. Serve it in slices like you would apple bread, or in a bowl to eat with a spoon or a fork.
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Baked Oatmeal Cups
Transform plain oats into a yummy and easy-to-eat finger food with this baked oatmeal cups recipe. You can double the recipe to make more if desired.
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Easy Carrot Cake Oatmeal
With the flavors of carrot cake, this Carrot Cake Oatmeal is a favorite breakfast to share with the kids. It's a good source of whole grains, fiber, and yummy flavor.
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Easy Instant Oatmeal
You can make a handful of containers ahead of time, then pull them out for easy breakfasts when you need them. Or, make and serve all at once.
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TIP: You can make any of these ahead of time, store in the fridge, and reheat on weekday mornings.

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Favorite Quick Breakfast Recipes for Kids

Healthy breakfasts for kids don’t have to take forever to prepare! Here are some of my favorite quick and easy ideas.

  1. Yogurt or cottage cheese with granola and fruit
  2. Cereal, milk, banana or another diced fruit
  3. Smoothie, with or without a granola bar or muffin
  4. Granola bar or breakfast bar with milk
  5. Egg muffins with fruit and/or toast
  6. 30-Second Scrambled egg, toast, raspberries
  7. Toast, nut butter, banana or toast with mashed sweet potato or mashed avocado.
  8. Whole grain muffin, milk and/or fruit
  9. Oatmeal with rfruit and milk
  10. Freezer waffle or pancakes with nut butter or yogurt and fruit

Best Tips for Success

  • Start with smaller portions and allow more according to hunger.
  • Remember that appetite in kids normally ebbs and flows, and some may be hungrier in the morning than others. A range is very normal.
  • Use nondairy milk, yogurt, and cheese as needed.
  • Use gluten-free cup for cup flour blend in baking and gluten-free alternatives as needed.
  • Check the Notes under each recipe for tips on making each without eggs.

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Favorite Breakfast Recipes for Kids

Try any of our favorite breakfast recipes for kids, including this classic Strawberry Banana Smoothie with just a few simple, nutritious ingredients as an easy breakfast or snack.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast
Calories 149kcal
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk (dairy or nondairy)
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 fresh ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds or peanut or almond butter (optional)
  • ½ cup spinach (optional)

Instructions

  • Add the ingredients to a blender.
  • Blend, starting on low and working up to high to make a very smooth mixture. (Use the stick that came with the blender, if needed, to help the mixture get going.)

Notes

  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 24 hours. It will have more of a drinkable yogurt consistency when stored.
  • Use dairy or nondairy milk as you like.
  • Serve in a straw cup, open cup, or reusable pouch.
  • Start with smaller portions and allow more according to hunger.
  • Remember that appetite in kids normally ebbs and flows, and some may be hungrier in the morning than others. A range is very normal.

Nutrition

Calories: 149kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 48mg, Potassium: 504mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 244IU, Vitamin C: 47mg, Calcium: 165mg, Iron: 0.4mg
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This post was first published December 2019.

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  1. This is very true that we must be careful about kids’ health and food. we should prepare very good and tasty foods for them. awesome guide to making breakfast. I will try to make this one. Thanks