Toddlers are also so busy. They don’t want to stop and take the time to eat. In this stage in their lives it is so important to instill good eating habits, to avoid toddler obesity. They have to be exposed to a healthy way of eating as early as possible. Talk it over with their pediatrician and discuss when certain healthy foods can be brought into their diet for age appropriate.
Moms don’t be alarmed if your toddler becomes a “picky eater”. It’s okay if they skip a meal and decide they do not want to eat. If you try and force them to eat they may become stubborn. Try and offer alternative food choices that offer the same nutritional value. Incorporate fun recipes in their diet along with well balanced meals.
The Food Pyramid is divided into six color bands representing the five food groups plus oils. The food pyramid is the greatest resource for toddler nutrition. Here is a break down of the pyramid and what each color represents.
Yellow represents oils:
Purple represents MEAT and BEANS:
Toddlers love to feed themselves and make a mess. It’s okay, relax. You are helping them in so many different ways by allowing them to learn to pick up their own food. Invest in some toddler sized cutlery to make dinner time fun!!!
Remember that activities and keeping your child active is also very important in toddler nutrition. I have some great healthy recipes you should try! My toddler loves them. We are responsible for providing our child with a healthy lifestyle. Choose wisely the foods you feed your child, you’re creating habits now that can last a lifetime.
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