A healthy meal plan for toddlers

Toddlers develop strong preferences for certain foods – your little one may eat only fruit one day, and vegetables the next. Expect your toddler to eat well one day and practically nothing the next.

Aim for a nutritionally balanced week, not a balanced day.

Have a plan

Serving sizes

Feeding your toddler becomes less complicated and frustrating if you realize how small a serving size for a toddler really is. Your toddler’s tummy is only the size of her fist, so as little as 3 tablespoons of a varied meal may be enough for her. Give her a number of small meals every day and do not expect her to eat large quantities. Also be sure to serve foods that are packed with the nutrients she needs to grow healthy and strong. Limit sweets and empty calorie foods such as chips and cakes.

You may notice as the day progresses that your toddler becomes less and less hungry. Rest assured, it is common for toddlers to eat well at breakfast, eat okay at lunch and come dinner time eat either tiny bites or leave behind a virtually full plate.

Many of the eating problems experienced during the first three years of life are due to unrealistic expectations. So do try and keep this in mind when planning and preparing food for your toddler. Both you and your toddler will experience less stress and meals will be pleasant.

This is an extract from Feeding Sense by Megan Faure, available from Kalahari.net at R125.

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