Toddlers Need to Eat Healthy, Too.

 

2 year old

When it comes to a toddler, cutting up the food into small pieces is a must. They can choke on food easily if it isn’t cut up for them. Omit foods they may be allergic to or a possible choke hazard.

The two-year-old toddler needs to consume 3 ounces of whole grains, 1 cup vegetables, 1 cup fruit, 2 cups low/fat free milk, and 2 ounces meats and beans everyday.
Provide a wide variety of foods that the toddler can choose from to, not only get a better nutritional status, but also, so the toddler can be encouraged to try different things at an early age.

Do not force food on a toddler or take it away as a punish.  Do not use food as a reward, either. Don’t appear angry or disappointed if the toddler doesn’t like something or likes one thing more than the others.  These responses can cause future bad eating habits for the toddler and a poor self image.

Keep a close eye on the toddler while s/he eats to ensure safety and good eating habits are learned.  Never, ever leave a toddler alone while eating.

Extras such as sugar and oils should be limited. Sugar and solid fats should be limited to 165 calories a day. Oils are different than solid fats and they should be limited to 3 teaspoons a day.

An example of a well-balanced diet for a 2-year-old toddler is as follows:

Breakfast

1 Small Pancake (Cut into Small Pieces)
¼ Cup Apple Sauce
½ Cup Low/Fat Free Milk
½ Banana (Cut into Small Pieces)

Lunch

¼ Cup Sugar Snap Peas
1 Slice Whole Grain Bread
1 oz Tuna Fish
½ cup Low/Fat Free Milk

Afternoon Snack

¼ Cup carrots “Matchsticks”
½ Cup Low/Fat Free Milk
½ Cup Fruit (Consists of Strawberry, Pineapple, Honeydew, and Grapes (Cut Fruit in Small Chunks)

Dinner

¼ Cup Cooked Pasta
2 Tbsp Tomato Sauce
1 Meatball (1 ounce)
½ Medium Ear Corn on the Cob
½ Cup Low/Fat Free Milk