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Beamae Wed 03-Apr-13 12:12:04

I have 18 month old twins - one fussy eater and one not at all fussy. Breakfast was until recently my only chance to get fruit into the fussy one because she would have berries/bananas chopped up into porridge or weetabix, but as of three weeks ago we suddenly no longer eat cereal. I think she has issues with texture, so cereal brings on a lot of gagging and vomiting. I am seriously running out of ideas for breakfast. It's down to toast every day now. I've tried pancakes, fruit toast, croissants. All rejected. Does anyone have any magic ideas for dry, finger food style breakfasts? She won't do chopped up fruit apart from satsumas, does a bit of yoghurt but spits out hidden fruit, likes scrambled eggs but can't get fruit in that! She's not a fan of sweet stuff. Would eat a brussel sprout over a spoon of ice cream.

silverangel Wed 03-Apr-13 13:31:01

How about dry cereal - DTs, also 18 months love dry cornflakes and golden grahams (not my favourite choice due to the sugar but they at least eat them), cheerios etc? There is a BLW receipe for finger food porridge sticks - if you google you should be able to find it.

Have you tried tinned fruit - mandarins and peaches - my two seem to love the texture as its easier to eat.

Annabel Karmel does breadsticks wrapped in ham too although still not helping with the fruit intake. What about fruit in jelly (perhaps not for breakfast though!).

Beamae Wed 03-Apr-13 13:50:54

Mmmmm. I could eat jelly for breakfast!

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 03-Apr-13 13:51:31

Don't know about fruity breakfasts but just wondering what you do when she rejects food?

Chubfuddler Wed 03-Apr-13 13:53:13

I think you need to get away from the idea of breakfasty foods for breakfast. My toddler ears whatever really - yes toast or cereal or pain au chocolat but also eggs, fruit, ham, cheese - whatever she fancies.

CMOTDibbler Wed 03-Apr-13 14:15:40

Why don't you just give her more veg in the day rather than stressing about fruit? If she's not bothered about sweet things, thats pretty good going tbh.

As for dry finger food, how about dry cereal such as shreddies, mini shredded wheat etc? You can mix a few sorts together for added interest.

A more continental breakfast with toast, hard boiled egg, ham, cherry tomato sort of thing?

Beamae Wed 03-Apr-13 14:20:21

Rejected food is left on offer in front of her. She eats the bits she likes and throws the rest on the floor.

Beamae Wed 03-Apr-13 14:23:47

Good ideas though, thanks. Might try more of a mixed array of bits and pieces. Dried cereal might work. I bought multigrain shapes but they are foul! Taste like super sweet plastic.

mamij Wed 03-Apr-13 19:38:13

I can't remember the name of the cereal (sorry), but it's like Shreddies, but has a fruity centre. We've had strawberries and also blueberries fillings. DDs love those both with or without milk.

DD2 (17 months) also steals dried cornflakes to eat from the cupboard confused

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 03-Apr-13 20:10:23

Ignoring rejected food is good. If she's not eating, and is well, she's probably just not hungry.

Know what you mean about the fruit filled mini shreddies. Sainsburys do some and they are lovely.

LorettaMasonPotts Wed 03-Apr-13 20:18:16

I don't like fruit much either and prefer veg too smile

I make lentil and vegetable soup (onions, potatoes, carrots, corn and any green veg I have) and sometimes eat it for breakfast.

Would she like this with some nice bread?

Or a boiled egg and soldiers (my favourite childhood breakfast)

IwishIwasmoreorganised Wed 03-Apr-13 20:23:14

Have you tried eggy bread, or scrambled eggs with toast?

What about crumpets?

I agree that moving away from sweet stuff might work well - more continental style with cheeses and meats.

Beamae Wed 03-Apr-13 20:29:57

Will have a look for these fruity wonders. Thanks.

Beamae Wed 03-Apr-13 20:32:12

And yes to egg. She likes egg. Just trying not to kill it by making the same too often. Eggy bread might work, will give it a whirl.

bonzo77 Wed 03-Apr-13 20:36:07

Will she drink a smoothie? You could sieve it for lumps.

Dry raisin wheats go down well here.

We also sometimes have "silly breakfast", which just means non- breakfast things. I freeze fish pie, spag Bol etc and this often comes out at breakfast.

olivertheoctopus Wed 03-Apr-13 20:49:36

Mine get through a lot of boiled eggs. Not much fruit involved though...

spilttheteaagain Wed 03-Apr-13 21:12:26

If she happily eats veg then don't worry about fruit at all, it's not important. Veg has all the nutrients anyway and much less sugar.

No reason she can't have scrambled eggs and sprouts for breakfast if that's what she likes.

DD likes buttery broccoli with grated cheese (next to it, not on it or meltdown ensues!) for breakfast.

If she likes eggs that is great. You can mix grated cheese into scrambled eggs, that is scrummy.

Or do an omelette and then you can throw in some peas or peppers or cold potatoes or cheese or chicken or whatever takes her fancy. Can cut it into finger food strips if you like.

Baked beans and cheese goes down well here, DD is 19 months and can feed it to herself.

I got totally hand slapped on a couple of threads recently for saying my DD loves smoked fish and will eat smoked trout or salmon with scrambled eggs or broccoli some days. But tbh her portion sizes are tiny - 1-2 tsp of fish so I can't say I'm concerned about the salt levels in the slightest.

Today she ate bread crusts for breakfast. It's swings and roundabouts!

Plain greek yogurt if sweet is not her thing?

HotelFromage Wed 03-Apr-13 21:18:41

Dried apricots? Mine loves them.

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