Seeded coconut porridge with cherry compote
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Although they’re growing quickly, toddlers’ tummies fill up quickly, so their diets need to be packed with nutrients. They need a good supply of calcium and iron, and their foods shouldn’t be too high in fibre or too low in fat.
A good breakfast is a must for your busy toddler and should include foods from the following groups:
As a rough guide your toddler should be having the following each day:
The UK government recommends that all children between the ages of six months and five years are given vitamin supplements for the most comprehensive child nutrition alongside a balanced diet. These supplements should contain vitamins A, C and D.
Once your child reaches 12 months you can introduce cow’s milk into their diet. It contains less iron than breastmilk or formula so you should be aware of this and increase their iron intake through other sources if required.
Try to limit sugary drinks and always offer water as the first choice. If you are offering fruit juice, make sure to dilute one part juice to five parts water, as the sugar in juice can lead to tooth decay.
We all want our toddlers to be eating healthy foods and we know that getting them to eat vegetables can be one of the challenges we face with our growing, determined little children.
Vegetables can be quite bitter in taste, especially green leafy vegetables, so children are naturally drawn towards sweeter foods that they find more palatable. However with
Food neophobia, the fear of trying something new usually occurs between the ages of two and six years old. Your child’s initial reaction to a new food may be to push it to one side without even trying it. But studies show it can take up to 20 attempts of introducing a food for a child to develop a taste for it. So persevere and be patient.
Encourage your child to become more familiar with the raw form of different vegetables by pointing them out in the shops and in your kitchen. If they are used to what they look like before they’re cooked, then they will be more likely to try them.
If you have the opportunity, growing vegetables together is a great way to encourage your child to eat them. This activity gives them a chance to take ownership of looking after and nurturing the foods they are going to eat. to positively influence toddler nutrition.
To achieve the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables each day try to offer a variety of options. This will also ensure your child gets a good mix of nutrients and vitamins from the different types.
You can try smoothies, milkshakes, fruit salads or simply cut the fruit and vegetables into interesting shapes. To prevent the risk of choking, make sure that grapes and cherry tomatoes are always cut in half and bananas are sliced lengthways rather than into discs.
Where possible, try to include the whole family at mealtimes. Eating together will encourage your child to try different foods as they see other people eating them during the meals.
Make mealtimes more exciting by serving food in small bowls or ramekins, or create shapes and pictures with your child’s food. A few different shaped biscuit cutters can be your best friend here!
Encourage your child to help with preparing their food. Giving them opportunities to bake and cook will not only make them more likely to eat the final creation but there are plenty of learning opportunities to be had during these activities.
Here at N Family Club, we think toddler nutrition is so important that we have built cookery into our curriculum. Our cooking and baking N Extra helps build an understanding of ingredients, tastes, textures, mathematical concepts, health choices, processes and patience. Our daily menus provide a wholesome, balanced diet and we use mealtimes as an opportunity to actively teach children about their nutrition.