Top Tips for a Healthy Toddler
- Include a wide variety of colourful fresh fruits and vegetables every day.
- Give different grains other than wheat. For example rice, quinoa, buckwheat, oats, kamut, barley, spelt and amaranth.
- Try to hide foods that are difficult to get them to eat like fish in homemade fish cakes covered in breadcrumbs.
- Always dilute fruit juice with water.
- Make you own popsicles with their favourite diluted fruit juice.
- Give unsulphured dried fruit as sweet snacks.
Strategies for Healthy Eating
- Get one good meal into your toddler every day.
- Encourage snacking every couple of hours. They need about 40kcals per inch of height. They burn calories quickly and need a constant supply of energy.
- Try to make meals and snacks varied. Different textures of foods and colours of fruits and vegetables.
- Invent and re-invent!
- Look at what they had the whole day or week for a better idea of their food intake.
- Essential fatty acids (EFA's) Omega 3 and 6
- Good bacteria – Acidophilus
- B vitamins, Vitamin C and the mineral zinc
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