Breakfast is the most essential meal of the day, and a good breakfast sets the tone for the rest of the day. The statement is true for everyone, regardless of their age group. A fuller breakfast keeps you feeling energetic throughout the day and prevents you from munching or overeating. The same is true for children; if you provide them with nutritious food options, they will have more energy to burn and will be more engaged in various activities. If this is not the case, they will feel hungry very quickly. Having said that, it can be difficult for mothers to choose a nutritious breakfast option for their toddlers, children aged 1-3 years. There must be instances when you want your child to eat the things you provide but they refuse. Don't worry if they refuse to eat anything new. Allow them to choose their meal size; do not overfeed them. Making attractive meals that appeal to them more than the taste or flavour is the key to getting your child to enjoy the meal. 

Here are some healthy breakfast options for kids: 

Coin Dosa

Mix the dosa batter in a bowl; you can also make a quick version with curd and semolina (sooji) or use store-bought instant dosa batter. Brush the pan with ghee and pour a table spoon of the dosa batter over it. Let it cook properly, remove and serve it plain with curd or stuff it with mashed potatoes. Any vegetable, such as grated carrot or diced tomato, can be added to the batter. 

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Vegetable stuffed paratha/chapati

For this you would need cooked dry mix veg sabzi and dough ready. Using a potato masher or fork, thoroughly mash the sabzi. Take a small portion of the dough, Fill the dough with the mixture and roll out into little discs with a rolling pin. You may make this in a variety of forms by cutting it using a cookie cutter. If you're using a cookie cutter, ensure the edges are sealed. Heat the pan and cook the paratha on both sides until golden brown. Serve with a dollop of butter on top after it's done. 

Crispy bread sticks

For this you need bread slices, a cup of grated vegetables, carrot, capsicum, onion and tomatoes, egg, milk, ghee or butter. Mix the vegetables, egg and milk until you get a runny consistency. Cut the bread into long and thin strips. Heat up the ghee or butter in a pan. Dip the bread strips into the egg and vegetable batter, and fry. Once it is ready, cool, and serve it to your toddler to feed on their own.  

Fruit porridge

In a pressure cooker, melt the butter and add the dalia. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes over medium heat. Stir in the oats and continue to cook for another 2 minutes. Pressure cook for roughly 2 whistles with the milk and one cup of water. Allow the steam to escape naturally. While the mixture is still hot, lift the lid and add sugar and fruits such as diced apples, bananas, mangoes, grapes, pomegranate seeds, or whatever is available locally. Mix thoroughly until the sugar is completely dissolved. Serve on a colorful bowl or plate to complement the dish. 

The key to getting your child to eat is to come up with some kid-friendly breakfast ideas that are basic but unique, so that he or she looks forward to eating every morning.