Right diet for your toddler

  • By Team TDO

Energy requirements of toddlers are very high given the fact that they are always so active.

Your child imbibes a lot from you. So teach by example!

Your child requires the same nutrients like you do- proteins, minerals, vitamins, fats and carbohydrates. Ensure that he eats his meals properly and completely. You have to make the calories count.

Your toddler can eat the same food as you do, provided you go easy on the junk food.

  1. Protein: Choose seafood, lean meat and poultry, eggs, beans, peas, soy products, and unsalted nuts and seeds.
  2. Fruits: Encourage your child to eat a variety of fresh, canned, frozen or dried fruits — rather than fruit juice. If your child drinks juice, make sure it's 100 percent juice.
  3. Vegetables: Serve a variety of fresh, canned or frozen vegetables - especially dark green, red and orange vegetables, beans and peas.
  4. Grains: Choose whole grains, such as whole-wheat bread, oatmeal, popcorn, quinoa, or brown or wild rice.
  5. Dairy: Encourage your child to eat and drink fat-free or low-fat dairy products, such as milk, yogurt, cheese or fortified soy beverages.
  6. Calories:Limit your child's calories from solids fats and added sugar, such as butter, cake, soda and pizza.