What does your toddler like to eat for breakfast? My son Jamison usually likes something carb-y like waffles, cereal, pancakes or oatmeal. When he was a baby he used to eat eggs but now since he can voice his own opinion he lets me know how he really feels about eating eggs for breakfast. (I feel the same way, kid!) Since some carb filled breakfasts don’t have many nutrients for growing bodies, I try to buy wholesome products or incorporate healthy ingredients into the breakfasts he truly enjoys.
Some examples include:
- whole grain low sugar cereal
- spinach/blueberry blender pancakes
- whole wheat waffles
- pumpkin chia seed oatmeal
Now that it’s November, both Jamison and mommy have been mostly craving oatmeal for breakfast. Nothing can beat a warm hearty bowl of oatmeal on a chilly morning! I love making him a hearty bowl of pumpkin chia seed oatmeal. The pumpkin puree and chia seeds in this recipe are chock full of healthy vitamins and minerals for a growing child. Pumpkin puree provides Vitamin A (which boots your child’s immune system) potassium and fiber. Chia seeds provide omega 3 fatty acids (great for brain development) as well as antioxidants, protein and calcium. What’s not to love?
Pumpkin Chia Seed Oatmeal (For Toddlers)
- 1/3 cup old fashioned oatmeal
- 1/3 cup milk (I use almond milk)
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
- sprinkle of brown sugar
- toppings such as chopped nuts, raisins, banana slices, nut butter etc.
- 1. Place all ingredients from oats through cinnamon in a child size microwave safe bowl and stir to combine.2. Microwave on high for 1 minute 30 seconds. Stir oatmeal at 1 minute mark so oatmeal does not overflow.
3. Add pumpkin puree and mix well.
4. Top with a sprinkle of brown sugar and other desired toppings. Enjoy!
What are your favorite ways to make oatmeal?