Reader FAQ: Nutritious Breakfast Finger Food Ideas
Are you after some nutritious finger food ideas for breakfast?. Sometimes, the answer to your problem is over a coffee with a friend, posting the question in an online mother’s group, or secret forum. A fellow mummy with experience can often provide that little bit of wisdom, the glimmer of hope that you have been looking for or at the very least, a new idea to try.
We certainly don’t have all the answers. So these FAQ blog posts are to be seen like this… if our closest friends were to ask our advice, these would be our answers. But don’t let it stop with us, If you have an idea that might help others, we would love to hear it. Leave a comment after this post, or join our Facebook page to talk to other parents.
“Hi, I’d really appreciate your help. My 14 month old son is now insisting on feeding himself and we are both getting bored with toast for breakfast. Do you have any healthy breakfast finger food suggestions? Thank you!”
Firstly, it can certainly be challenging when your little one insists on feeding themselves before they are ready to use a fork/spoon independently. It limits the meal choices available and babies and toddlers will easily become bored or tired or frustrated before they are properly satisfied from eating. This can leave them grumpy, fussy and may even cause sleeping problems.
A great way to solve this problem and allow you to continue to offer a wide variety of nutritious options at breakfast is by offering a healthy, high fibre cereal that you can attempt to spoon feed while at the same time offering her a spoon/fork to practice with and a breakfast tasting plate with healthy finger food options that she can feed herself. If you do decide to offer cereal try offering a smaller portion to limit your food wastage if she refuses to be spoon fed. Smoothies she can drink via a cup or a straw can be packed full of calcium, fibre and vitamin C and may be an alternative she will enjoy too.
Here are some of our favourite finger foods that we think are best suited to breakfast and many are suitable to freeze (marked with an*):
- Fluffy blueberry ricotta pancakes*
- Chew me fruit oat bars*
- Fruit, oat & chia mini chews*
- Rainbow fruit skewers or cut up seasonal fruit pieces
- Banana toast
- Quinoa, almond & coconut pikelets*
- Pear, macadamia & quinoa muffins*
- Fruit N Nut Muesli Bars
- Apricot Coconut Muesli Bars
- Pick N Mix Fritters*
- Pick N Mix Savoury Muffins*
- Pick N Mix Savoury Pancakes*
- Corn Fritters*
- Zucchini, Leek & Ricotta Mini Muffin Frittatas*
- Tuna Melt Fritters*
- Homemade baked beans* on toast
- Boiled egg
Some Smoothie Ideas:
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- Help My Toddler is Throwing Food
Don’t forget to read our disclaimer. If you have any specific questions or concerns regarding the nutritional adequacy of your child’s diet or their health and wellbeing please consult a medical practitioner or an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) for individualised advice.Join us on Facebook for other foodie bits and pieces.