Nutrition Guide For Toddlers

Nutrition Guide For Toddlers
Nutrition Guide For Toddlers

The toddler stage is a time of discovery and exploration in many ways. Toddler runs from milk and baby food to more adult” choice. They form their likes and dislikes. They are also an active group and they need nutritious food to fuel their activities. The average toddler needs about 1 000 to 1 400 calories a day. Small ages 1 to 3 is in a prime time to start learning about healthy eating
Protein and Dairy
According to Dr. Mary L. Gavin in an article on Kids Health toddlers need 2-4 oz. protein per day. Lean meat eggs and beans are good sources of protein. Be conscious of your fat intake. Even infants should not have fat restrictions toddlers need only 30 to 35 percent of their calories from fat. Dairy products especially milk are good sources of protein and calcium. Toddlers need at least 500 mg of calcium per day to help their growth and strengthen their bones. Whole milk is the best source of this calcium before after age two when it is acceptable to switch to skim 1 percent or 2 percent milk. If your child does not care for milk you may need to replace calcium fortified products such as orange juice and cereal or you can give him or her a child multivitamin to meet nutritional needs.
Fruit vegetables and cereals
Dr. Gavin also says that toddlers should eat 1-2 cups of fruit and vegetables every day. These two foods provide vitamins antioxidants and fibers. Fiber aids in digestion and prevents constipation. This is even more important when trying to get your little potty trained. Grains also provide vitamins and fiber. Toddlers need 3-5 oz. of grain daily. The best types of grains are unprocessed such as whole grain breads pasta and cereals.
Making Food appealing
Your toddler may be a little resistant to trying new foods. Sugary snacks are ok at times but you do not want too many in children’s diet. In order to get your little one to eat healthy foods you may need to use a little creativity. Play games with some food. For example you can count peas and make it a game to see if your child can eat “x” number of peas. Use cookie cutters to cut whole grain sandwiches into fun shapes. Pretend that the food is something else as in the case of “ants on a log.” This healthy snack is made by spreading peanut butter on a stick of celery and place raisins along the top. This snack provides fiber vitamins and proteins and it’s fun to eat.”