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  • 5 Unprocessed Breakfast Meals for Toddlers for Extra Busy Days

    A mom shares her morning meals for her toddler when there doesn't seem to be enough hours in a day.
    by Rene Rose Rodrigo .
5 Unprocessed Breakfast Meals for Toddlers for Extra Busy Days
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  • Most parents who prepare breakfast meals for toddlers are always in need of quick, healthy and appetizing recipes. Some also enroll them in playschool, which means their meals need to be prepared quickly before rushing out the door. And whether or not your toddler is going to school, you want to make sure he is getting the most nutrients out of his meals.

    Preparing meals for kids can leave a few parents feeling hectic and stressed. They can end up filling a bowl with cereals that spout “whole wheat” or “no artificial” on the box. But have you checked the sugar content? Most of the time these cereals, muffins, bread, and other “instant” breakfast foods are overly processed and are not always the best choice for our little bubs for the long run.

    Now, what is unprocessed food? It is something that is as close to its natural state as possible. I am talking about fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, unrefined grains like brown rice, fresh chicken, eggs, fish and meat.

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    I say “fresh” a lot because vegetables and fruits that come in cans or tins are NOT unprocessed as they contain a bunch of other preservatives and most of the time added sugar for the fruits. Staying away from overly processed food means you are reducing the number of additives, artificial ingredients, and food chemicals that your children ingest.

    5 unprocessed meals for toddlers

    I have put together a few recipes that we use to fuel our 3-year-old who goes to school for six hours a day! As most of these meals might be quite light, it is completely up to the parent to add plain yogurt, whole wheat bread and other healthy options to a meal depending on how much your child eats. I’ve also added some of my suggestions for each recipe. It might sound like a lot of work, but preparing truly healthy meals is actually incredibly easy, and even your child can help with some of these recipes!

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    Spinach and mushroom omelet

    Option to add: Pandesal

    Most children love omelet, and my son particularly loves it, putting his into fresh pandesals and eating them like little burgers.

    Ingredients:

    2 large eggs
    A half cup of washed and chopped spinach
    1 or 2 mushrooms finely chopped (we used portobello mushrooms but any is fine)

    1. Lightly grease cooking pan with butter or cooking oil of choice (we use grass-fed butter). When the pan is hot, add mushrooms and cook until golden.

    2. Add spinach and cook for 30 seconds (we try to keep the spinach as raw as possible.

    3. Beat eggs and add to pan. Add some fresh cracked pepper and serve!

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    Homemade granola

    Option to add: Plain yogurt and nuts and seeds, which contain healthy fats to help a growing brain

    This is a favorite in our house. While it takes a little bit more cooking time than the other recipes, it’s fun for the kids to join in and help make. You can make enough for a whole week and also customize it with your favorite nuts and seeds.

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    Ingredients:

    2 cups of sliced almonds
    1 cup sunflower seeds
    1 cup pecans
    1 cup chopped walnuts
    1 cup of coconut flakes
    1/2 of honey
    6 tablespoons of coconut oil
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 teaspoon of cinnamon
    1/2 ground ginger
    1/2 salt
    1 cup of raisins or any dried fruit

    1. Preheat oven to 275’F. Grease pan.

    2. Combine all nuts, seeds, and coconut into bowl.

    3. Over low heat, combine honey and coconut oil or heat on high for 90 seconds in the microwave.

    4. Remove from heat and mix in vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. Pour this over the nut/seed mixture and mix well.

    5. Spread mixture onto prepared baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes until golden brown. Stir every 15 minutes to keep granola from burning.

    6. Once golden brown, remove from oven and cool. Add dried fruit after cooled.

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    Hard boiled egg with avocado mash

    This has healthy fats to boost a growing brain.

    Another egg dish my son loves is a simple hard-boiled egg. Sometimes I allow him to peel the skin on his own if we aren’t in a rush, and that’s great fun for him. I like to add some mashed avocado in a bowl and serve it next to the egg to lighten up the meal. My son likes to mix the eggs in with the avocado! 

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    A bowl of fruit

    Option to add: Honey and/or plain yogurt 

    There is nothing more colorful and nutritious than a simple bowl of your child’s favorite fruits. Adding some plain yogurt or honey will give it a pop of flavor and texture. You boost it with vitamin C and probiotics if you add yogurt. If my son is just having the fruit, I like to add whole wheat toast with almond butter or organic peanut butter to make sure he’s really full.

    Saba and rolled oats

    Saba is packed with pectin, which helps maintain blood sugar levels throughout the day, and rolled oats provide fiber to help aid in digestion.

    Saba is such an easy and nutritious whole food that tastes yummy and is simple to make! We like to add saba to rolled oats (cook according to package instructions), which is just like regular instant oats but less processed and contains more nutrients and fewer additives.

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    Add a splash of warm almond milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon, and you’ve got yourself a filling meal to fuel your toddler throughout the rest of the morning.

    A former beauty queen, Rene Rose Rodrigo is a US-certified holistic nutrition coach who is now living and working in the Philippines. The mom of two blogs about her lifestyle and wellness on Itsrenerose.com.

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