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high-protein breakfasts for 4-y-o

post #1 of 16
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Any suggestions? It's murder to get her to eat enough before she goes to preschool and I'd love to get something in her tummy that would really stick with her.

Does anyone have any favorite breakfasts appealing to a 4-year-old?

Thanks!
Jen
post #2 of 16
Hardboiled eggs are a big hit here right now. Actually, they have been since last Easter!
post #3 of 16
my DD is older than yours, but she enjoys a scrambled egg sandwich with bacon; the "novelty" of a sandwich for breakfast was a good selling point early on
post #4 of 16
At 4, I've had good luck with hardboiled eggs, scrambled eggs, a chunk of cheese or a handful of nuts, depending on the child.
post #5 of 16
Custard or mini quiche were hits here (until we had to drop eggs).
post #6 of 16
Boiled eggs and oatmeal (with frozen blueberries thrown in) are favs here right now.
post #7 of 16
Maybe a breakfast smoothie type things that is high in protein? Maybe add milk or cottage cheese to it. Anything mixed with sweet fruit, I think a 4yo would like! It's quick too!
post #8 of 16
I don't know how much protein is in yogurt, but my two will often eat yogurt with dry cereal and dried fruit stirred in. Otherwise, we're in the oatmeal and eggs camp.
post #9 of 16
My 4 yr old is on a toasted whole wheat English muffin sandwich with PB & jelly kick right now. Breakfast for us consists of that or whole wheat bagel with PB or cream cheese or oatmeal with frozen blueberries (the frozen blueberries cool the oatmeal quickly). Protein is a must for us every schoolday breakfast. Drinks are usually whole milk hot chocolate - I find the whole milk keeps her fuller longer.
post #10 of 16
I'm a fan of eggs for breakfast and would experiment to see how your LO likes them. (scrambled, boiled, deviled, fried, fried in a hole in the bread, cooked really thin and rolled up with a little cheese or jam... I dunno. My boy likes them scrambled softish with sea salt or ketchup.) Fast, cheap, nutritious.

cottage cheese, cheese quesadillas, yogurt, nut or seed butters, a little mason jar with nuts and raisins to eat on the way to school, homemade muffins (can make ahead, and do very lightly sweetened and high-protein by using recipes for coconut and/or almond flour which use a lot more eggs than normal muffins, adding chopped nuts and seeds). Meat if you eat that (we don't).

Personally we stay away from cold cereal or toast except as more of an occasional treat/snack. My guy is super active and has tons of energy and so I hear you on the kids doing much better with "real" food in the morning. He usually has steel-cut oatmeal with flaxseed meal, topped with a smidge of maple syrup and whole milk, an egg, and fresh seasonal fruit. But, he has plenty of time to eat (early riser).
post #11 of 16
My kids love smoothies. they also love yogurt either plain with fruit or little individual cups. (Those are a MAJOR treat, I rarely buy them)

Also pretty much ANY favorite food that is easy/quick prep from *any* time of day (leftover pizza, a favorite sandwich--if my kids find leftover pizza the next AM, they will usually want it, DS1 went on a big turkey sandwich phase for awhile last year...)

They do pretty well with whole-grain toast with choice of topping and a fruit.

When I make pancakes, I make extra and freeze if I think of it. those are quick-thaw and yummy.
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks, everyone! These are great suggestions. Can't wait to try them.

Jen
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by momofsage View Post
Any suggestions? It's murder to get her to eat enough before she goes to preschool and I'd love to get something in her tummy that would really stick with her.

Does anyone have any favorite breakfasts appealing to a 4-year-old?

Thanks!
Jen
Hi Jen I have a lovely thread about breakfast meals which nobody seems to be paying any mine to. Its all good though. I hope the few information I have on it will be helpful to you.

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...2#post14958872
post #14 of 16
I heat up frozen Jones Dairy Farm sausage links. It takes 1 minute in the microwave, and the kids love them. Ingredients are: pork, water, sea salt, spices, and sugar. I get a big bag from costco.

Rachel
post #15 of 16
make your own mini sausage patties- ground meat (pork, turkey, chicken) mixed with dried sage, nutmeg, salt, pepper (or not), paprika, and onion powder.

eggs in a nest- cut out an egg-sized circle from bread, crack egg into circle on a hot pan, cook until almost done, then flip and cook 1/2 min more.
post #16 of 16
My DH makes egg sandwiches in the morning. English muffin, ham, poached egg, cheese. Both our boys tend to not like yolk but will eat the whole egg scrambled. DH uses the egg poacher to make scrambled egg puffs. Just scramble the egg first before putting into the poaching cup. Then he puts that on the muffin for them.

My boys also love grape-nuts. Spoonful of peanut butter, mix into a small amount of grape-nuts and a touch of sugar. Then milk on top.

We are also big into real oatmeal. (not the instant or quick kind)
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