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Breakfast ideas for child who won't eat cereal

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thepatchworkcat Sat 26-Aug-17 18:33:10

Four year old doesn't like cereal (occasionally dry shreddies or coco pops are tolerated). He ends up eating lots of bready things and then being hungry (so he says!) all morning. He's starting school soon and I really feel I should be giving him healthier/heartier breakfasts!

He currently eats
Mini brioche
Spanish tortilla

He doesn't like:

Any suggestions outside of the (breakfast) box would be most welcome!

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DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sat 26-Aug-17 18:35:56

Fruit and yoghurt
Bagel and ham
Ham toastie
French toast

skyzumarubble Sat 26-Aug-17 18:38:41

Greek yogurt and fruit
Flourless breakfast muffins - mine like chorizo in them
Slices of ham / cheese / salami and some fruit

TrinityRhino Sat 26-Aug-17 18:41:16

Beans on toast
Jacket potato

PurpleTraitor Sat 26-Aug-17 18:42:24

All foods that aren't cereal

We try not to do cereal, I manage for myself but the DCs have it once a week or so. Porridge more often.

But I think the point is to stop thinking of breakfast as a separate meal that needs special foods. That idea came from cereals.

It's just another meal, so all foods that aren't cereal.

Chicken ham cheese eggs nuts
Vegetables legumes mushrooms
Bread rice pasta grains
Fresh fruit, dried fruit and seeds
Preserves and pickles

AllTheWittyNamesAreGone Sat 26-Aug-17 18:43:41

My son has bagels, toast, crumpets ect and with it he has a veg pot (carrot,cucumber,tomato) to make it a bit healthier

FiveGoMadInDorset Sat 26-Aug-17 18:44:26

I make and freeze waffles and pancakes for DS, mine often have a ham baguette, scrambled or fried egg on toast

Girty999 Sat 26-Aug-17 18:45:23

Eggy bread, croissant, ham, chicken, veg sticks, raisins, my youngest rarely has cereal I just make him food, always a bit of fruit and veg and some carbs x

Margomyhero Sat 26-Aug-17 18:47:24

Eggs in various forms

Toast - peanut butter/nutella

Cold meats and cheese

Fruit and full fat natural yogurt

Cereals aren't the best breakfast anyhow - a bit of protein will fill up for longer.

TwitterQueen1 Sat 26-Aug-17 18:58:02

I like Bird's Eye classic pancakes (frozen). They defrost in 30 secs and then warm up in the toaster. I have them with fruit and yoghurt. No mess, no fuss. They do have sugar in them though, so they wouldn't be good for savoury accompaniments.

Agree with the pp who said we should stop thinking that breakfast needs to consist of special breakfast food. Just ask him what he feels like eating!

My DCs like croissant with ham and cheese.

thepatchworkcat Sat 26-Aug-17 19:15:23

So many replies, thank you! You're right - it doesn't have to be a 'breakfast food' does it?! I think that's what I'm trying to do with the Spanish tortilla idea so I just need to extend that a bit further. And defo agree re cereal - I don't mind him not eating it as it's generally pretty bad. Do wish he'd eat porridge though.

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ButtonLoon Sat 26-Aug-17 19:23:52

Hard boiled egg and toast
Pancakes - I make these (sugar free) on the weekend and DAD eats the leftovers for the next few breakfasts, usually with peanut butter and a smear of Nutella.

TrinityRhino Sat 26-Aug-17 19:38:43

Frozen potato waffles do very well in the toaster.
Then you could put beans, egg or ham on them.
Or just ketchup

thepatchworkcat Sat 26-Aug-17 21:47:32

Waffles in the toaster?! This might be a game changer. Thank you!

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TrinityRhino Sat 26-Aug-17 22:07:43

Waffles in the toaster is aw3some. Clearly it would depend on the toaster but I put mine on full twice and then they are just gorgeous.

I put cheese on mine and then chilli mayo but now I'm veering away from breakfast help and just babbling about guilty pleasure foods grin

TrinityRhino Sat 26-Aug-17 22:10:33

Putting curry powder in your beans before you heat them and then having the beans on the waffles with cheese is also a firm fave of mine.

And left over spat bol or chilli goes like a dream on waffles.

Back to the breakfast help.

What about hummus? With veg or toasted pitta.

I love toasting a couple of pitta and then ripping it into pieces to dip in the hummus.

I must be hungrhungry. I'll shut up now grin

PanannyPanoo Sat 26-Aug-17 22:12:39

one of my daughters has pasta. The other has fish fingers and broccoli.

AnneOfCleavage Sat 26-Aug-17 22:34:17

My DD's favourite is what she calls the triple B: bacon & baked beans grin Sometimes beans on toast, or homemade pancakes or shop bought scotch pancakes in toaster, sometimes an egg or what she calls a mixed up: cut up veg / fruit & yogurt.

fleshmarketclose Sat 26-Aug-17 22:42:06

Dd likes bacon or sausage on a bread roll
croissant or pain au chocolat
breakfast muffins
Banana bread (with nutella) or malt loaf
Pretty much anything other than cereal tbh

thepatchworkcat Sun 27-Aug-17 08:15:46

Thanks all! Defo going to step outside the conventional 'breakfast' parameters and just offer him 'food'! grin

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insancerre Sun 27-Aug-17 08:19:59

Home made flapjack?

TrinityRhino Sun 27-Aug-17 09:20:23

Good plan patchwork.
Let us know what is a hit grin

thepatchworkcat Sun 27-Aug-17 09:23:27

Don't think he'll go for flapjack, doesn't like oats or nuts hmm He's really not a fussy eater and eats plenty but he does have a few things he won't even consider and it's quite annoying!

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ivykaty44 Sun 27-Aug-17 09:30:02

Soup with noodles
Fish with rice
Mushrooms and tomatoes on toast

thepatchworkcat Sun 27-Aug-17 09:33:54

Ooh soup/noodles/fish sounds very Japanese!

Just asked if he'd eat houmous for breakfast and he said no, it's too lunchy! grin

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