Healthy Eating Tips For Toddlers
Good nutrition in early childhood affects all aspects of growth, including brain development, which in turn can impact success in primary school and on into adulthood. In fact, a child who receives the right nutrition during the first five years is much more likely to be healthy for the rest of his life, says Sandra Gabriele, a Toronto registered dietitian specializing in pediatrics. SheKnows asked for some basic tips for parents to make sure their toddlers are getting their daily dose of essential vitamins and minerals.
Remember the food group breakdown
Canada’s Food Guide recommends toddlers ages 2 to 3 years old should consume the following foods and servings on a daily basis. Take note:
Make snacks count
To get the best nutrition from snacks, offer nutrient-dense fruits -- fresh apple slices with honey for dipping, vegetables such as finely cut carrot sticks, fat-free or low-fat dairy with a little maple syrup and fresh berries, and whole grain snacks, such as whole wheat crackers or baked whole wheat pita triangles. Try to include foods that might be missed at meals and contain a toddler-sized serving from at least two different food groups.
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Consider a nutritional supplement
Eating a variety of foods is the best way to ensure your toddler gets the nutrition she needs. We know that toddlers can be finicky, and getting all the foods they need on a daily basis can be challenging. Taking a multivitamin might not be an option for 1- to 2-year-olds, but they can take a milk-based nutritional supplement, such as Gerber Graduates Toddler Drink. Made specifically for 1- to 3-year-olds, this liquid supplement contains essential vitamins and minerals to support a toddler’s growth and development.
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