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Diet Care for Toddlers

A balanced diet with healthy foods have all those nutrients that are important for growth, development and learning. Toddler’s nutrition needs are very different from other infants. The early age of life is the very right time for developing healthy habits to continue throughout life. It is necessary so that the toddlers can grow, develop, and stay healthy with growing years.

Avoiding slippery, sticky, hard, and junk food, soft drinks, and processed foods will be the best. These contain high amounts of sugar, salt, and fat which are not recommended for toddlers, asa they may hamper the proper growth and development.

Attaining optimal nutrition involves eating three meals a day and two nutritious snacks. It is important that they choose a wide variety of healthy food in a required quantity.

Vegetables
To Avoid To Consume
Canned vegetables and Chips and Roasted potatoes Seasonal vegetable
Crisp and Cheese filled snacks Radish
Coconut Carrot
Frozen vegetables Onion
- Tomato
- Cucumber
Cereals
Refined flour and its products Whole grains cereals
Sweet biscuit Wheat flour
Cream filled biscuit Oatmeal
Cream crackers Whole brown bread
Cheese biscuits Porridge
Noodles Brown rice
Pasta Whole wheat pasta
Macaroni Finger millet
Fruits
Canned fruits and juices All fruits
Pulses
- All pulse and legumes
Dairy Products
Whole milk and cream Low-fat milk
Full-fat yoghurt Tofu
Cream cheese Cheese
Condensed milk Curd
Raw milk Yogurt
Unpasteurized cheese Buttermilk
Blue-veined cheese Cottage cheese
Soft mold-ripened cheese -
Spices
Red chilies and green chilies Cumin
Black pepper Coriander
- Salt
Non-Veg
Burgers Egg white
Pork -
- Bacon
- Duck
- Roasted chicken
- Skinless chicken
Dry Fruits
- Almond
- Raisins
- Ground nuts
- Walnut
Oils & Fats
Unsaturated fats Cow ghee
Cream Sunflower oil
Palm oil Canola oil
Coconut oil Olive oil
Butter Mustard oil
- Rice bran oil
Drinks
Whole milk drinks Coconut water
Cream based liqueurs Clear soups
Canned soup and packaged soup Sugarcane juice
Alcohol Fat free homemade soups
Sweetened drinks Green juice
Squashes Herbal tea
Carbonated drinks Beetroot juice
- Milk
- Shakes
- Smoothie
- Homemade juices

Diet Plan For Toddlers

Early Morning

Milk

Breakfast

Moog dal pancake / Suji veg upma / Wheat pancake / Parantha / French toast / Rava Idli / Veg Pasta / Ragi dosa / Veg idli / Oats Pancake / Besan pancake

Mid-Morning

Milkshake / Apple fingers / Mashed potato / Fruit custard / Fruit

Lunch

Veg Khichri / Fried rice / Palak khichri / Egg rice / Chapatti with Veg with Dal and Curd

Evening

Milk / Smoothie / Bread upma / Paneer cutlets / Veg sandwich / Veg poha / Veg Sewian / Veg Dalia / Suji kheer / Besan sheera

Pre-Dinner

Veg soup / Custard

Dinner

Veg Khichri / Fried rice / Palak khichri / Egg rice / Chapatti with Veg with Dal

Bed Time

Low-fat milk / Fruit custard