Elijah is the slowest eater in the world. I’m not even joking. He will take two hours to eat breakfast. But, when we actually have to be out the door on time, you know, like for preschool or church or an appointment, he doesn’t eat more than a bite and then in the car he complains about how starving he is.
So, after too many morning car rides of him complaining, which leads to Emmy saying she is hungry even though she just ate a bowl of yogurt, I have decided that we need to switch up our normal dinosaur oatmeal or PB&J sandwich routine for something a little more fresh, and a little more portable than a bowl of oatmeal.
I found a few recipes from other bloggers that I am so excited to try, so I wanted to share them with you:
I love the idea of prepping the burritos and freezing them so you can just heat them up and they’re ready to go. Elijah, my green veggie protestor, would spot the kale immediately, so for his I’d add some veggies that aren’t as offensive in his eyes, like red and yellow peppers. And probably extra cheese.
These cupcakes not only look adorable, but since they’re packed with eggs, bacon, and cheese, so I’m pretty sure they’ll taste awesome. The small size would make them easy to eat in the car with minimal mess. And this mama is a fan of anything that has bacon in it.
My husband is a Pop Tart lover, so by default, so are my children. Probably because they’re like a cookie that you can eat at breakfast. I rarely buy them, but they all love Pop Tarts. The tiny humans would like Jessica’s strawberry jam version–I’d use my mother-in-law’s strawberry jam because it’s amazing. But RJ would probably prefer the Cinnamon Brown Sugar with Maple Icing version. I need to make a batch ahead of time and cross my fingers that there will be enough left to get us through the week, but they look so delicious I probably cannot count on that.
These look super easy to make and can be customized. I wonder if helping to pick the mix-ins would make Elijah more excited to eat them…He apparently gobbled up pancakes in preschool last week, but whenever I make them he just gets mad that it’s not actual cake in front of him. I love that she includes instructions for freezing them, and how long to store them in the fridge, because these are things that I am always unsure of!
These are the one thing on this round up that I actually have made. And we devour them every single time. I’m planning on making a double batch of these energy bites this week, since Eli is on spring break and it’s not nearly springy enough for us to do spring activities. They are so yummy, and great to keep in the fridge for that breastfeeding hunger too!
And, since I am ALWAYS looking for tips to help with the picky eater problem we have going on over here, I found a couple posts with tips on combating the picky eater problem with toddlers:
Misty, a fellow mama blogger, made a list of great ideas for toddler food and a lot of them will work for easy, on the go breakfasts. I am definitely going to try her PB&J roll ups made with a tortilla. I wish I’d thought of that when Eli was refusing to eat the PB&J I made him on marbled rye last week. It wasn’t his normal bread, and he can’t eat bread that isn’t his normal bread…
Yes, Jenna. Yes, I do have a picky eater. And I love her idea of using cookie cutters on food. Elijah never wants to eat pancakes, unless of course it’s the pancakes he made at preschool, then he is all over that, apparently. We even had quesadillas for dinner on Monday and he put up such a fight eating the wedges…I bet if they were cut into a cute shape he would gobble them up!
I’ll let you know how some of these turn out, and if they earn my picky and slow eater’s approval.
What about breakfast in your house? Do you have a favorite quick breakfast idea? Or an on-the-go option that your tiny humans always gobble up? Let me know in the comments! I need all the ideas I can get.