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Five quick and healthy breakfasts for baby led weaning – that aren’t cereal or porridge

Eli eating yoghurtIt’s easy to get stuck in a rut at breakfast time so it can be a bit daunting when you start baby led weaning. Suddenly you need to come up with healthy, varied breakfast ideas you can make with a baby in one arm. Hands up if you have the exact same breakfast almost every day – or even worse, skip it altogether?

First off, don’t panic. It’s OK to repeat a few favourites at breakfast most days if your baby gets a varied diet the rest of the time. There are no prizes for being the mum who never repeats a breakfast. But if you do want to get out of the “toast-or-cereal rut” then keep reading for some fresh ideas.

Why mix things up at breakfast

While you don’t HAVE to do varied breakfasts, it does help them experience more different foods before you get to the potentially picky toddler phase. You might find it easier to balance their diet over the day if you play about with different breakfast options. Plus it keeps things more interesting for them (and you, assuming you eat together, which you should if you can).

My top five unusual breakfast ideas

Here are a few ideas for varied and reasonably healthy breakfasts that are perfect for babies just starting baby led weaning. They’re also great for toddlers, older kids and adults too. That’s because one of the great benefits of BLW is you can all eat the same thing – making your mornings SO much easier 🙂

  • French toast – beat an egg with a dash of milk and some cinnamon (optional, dredge about 3 slices of bread in the mix and fry on both sides til golden. Serve with fruit.
  • Fruit salad and Greek yoghurt. Chop your fruit of choice or grate it all together and serve with a big dollop of Greek yoghurt. Add some honey for the adults if you want (no honey for under-1s though).
  • Scrambled egg and toast or bagel – self-explanatory really, just scramble your eggs in the microwave or hob with a little butter and milk, and serve with your carb of choice.
  • Avocado toast – mash an avocado and spread on toast. A medium one should do you and your baby. You can fancy it up with a squeeze of lime and some very finely chopped red onion, tomato and/or coriander mixed in with the avocado.
  • Overnight oats (ok, this is maybe slightly similar to porridge – but better!) – ½ cup oats, ½ cup milk, ¼ cup Greek yoghurt. Add flavourings like mashed banana, grated apple, peanut butter, cinnamon etc (you can also add some honey or syrup for yourself if you like it sweet, but avoid this for your baby). Mix it all together and leave in a covered tub overnight and top with berries in the morning if you like. Serves an adult and a baby.

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