Tired of toddler tantrums? Then we are here to help you make your very own toddler’s meal plan.
The toddler years are very important years for the overall physical, mental and emotional development of a child. It is imperative to provide your child with proper nutritious meals. Often new parents are confused on what to feed their toddler? They need something that is healthy but at the same time tasty.
Toddlers are very picky eaters and it can be a real challenge to feed them. If something doesn’t look tasty then they will spill it, smear it but never open their mouth.
Here’s your complete guide for toddler’s meals.
Toddlers should ideally consume 1000 calories per day till the age of 2 years. This daily calorie intake should increase to 1400 calories by the age of 3.
Preschoolers should not consume more than 4 teaspoons of added sugar per day.
If your child is fond of sweets then try healthier alternatives like honey or jaggery instead of adding white sugar to meals.
Try serving smoothies and milkshakes to your kid if he is not too keen to finish his milk.
Give 1-2 different fruits and green vegetables to your toddler on daily basis. One serving of fruit and vegetable each will be needed fulfill the daily need for vitamins and minerals.
Whole grains like rye, millets, quinoa and whole wheat are essential for your child. At least 3 servings per day are needed for his development.
Protein rich foods like eggs, lean meat, legumes, pulses, seafood and poultry are also necessary.
Dairy foods like cream cheese, cheddar, yogurt, butter, cream and whole milk are very important to provide calcium for the growing bones.
Toddler Food Chart
|Food Group||Daily Serving||Meal Ideas|
|Whole Grains||3 to 5||1 slice whole wheat bread, 1 chapati, 1 cup brown rice, vermicelli, 2 small idlis, 1 small ragi dosa, upma|
|Fruits||2||Finely chopped or blended pomegranates, apples, grapes, strawberries, peaches and plums.|
|Vegetables||1 to 1.5 cup||Nicely cooked spinach,corn, carrots, peas, pumpkin, bottlegourd, potatoes, turnip, fenugreek|
|Dairy||2||Whole milk, curd, cheese, cottage cheese, buttermilk, cream cheese|
|Protein||3||Eggs, chicken, chana daal, kala chana, rajma, moong daal, sambhar,sprouts, lobia, Humus, sattu (roasted chickpea), besan (ground chickpea), peanut butter|
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