Tip 1: Remember that variety is key
Many experts agree that parents shouldn’t fixate on the amount of food their toddler eats. However, they emphasize that offering variety is crucial.
Including food items from different groups ensures that your little one is getting the nutrients they need. So, whenever you prepare their meals and snacks, it must include foods from the following groups:
A healthy and balanced meal plan for toddlers will not be complete without 2 to 3 servings of fruits daily.
Fruits give your child vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytonutrients (nutrients from plants) that keep their immune system strong and their body healthy. To ensure variety, consider the following fruits:
Experts say that you can serve fruits dried, fresh, pureed, or canned. 100% fruit juices also count, but toddlers should not consume more than 4 ounces (118 ml) of fruit juice daily. In buying fruit juices, be cautious of brands with a lot of added sugars.
Like fruits, toddlers typically need 2 to 3 servings of vegetables daily. Experts say that a variety of colorful veggies should dominate your little one’s mealtimes, including their snacks. Vegetables provide vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals that keep them healthy.