Nutritional guidelines for toddlers

  • make food attractive, arrange food in the shape of an animal, a face, etc.
  • offer limited choices. e.g ask "Do you want orange juice or apple juice?" instead of "What do you want to drink?"
  • eat as a family as much as possible. Kids learn by imitating what they see.
  • help ensure that they come to the table hungry, don't use food to cure boredom or as a pacifier.

Toddlers need snacks to get them through the day Because they eat so little they have no room for calories without nutrients. Make sure the snacks you serve aren't "empty calories" Keep your pantry full of healthful snacks. Pack some along when you go out.

Here are some pack-along snack ideas for those toddlers on the go:

  • bananas
  • small boxes of favorite cereals
  • Fig Newtons
  • whole wheat, low salt pretzels
  • homemade mini muffins (keep a supply in your freezer)
  • mini-bagels
  • cheese cubes
  • rice cakes
  • small juice boxes
  • whole grain granola bars
  • zip lock bags of toddler made gorp (let him decide what to mix in!)
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