Healthy Food for Toddlers


If you are parenting a toddler, then you must be concerned about the types of food that your child should be eating. Toddlers grow rapidly and they want your attention and dependence at this age. As a parent, your duty is to provide right type of food at the right time for proper development of your child.

Toddlers need small regular meals and different foods should be offered each time when your toddler feels hungry or asks for food. If your child is growing well and gaining weight, then your child is getting sufficient energy. Providing your child with different foods during the day helps to make sure that they are getting a balanced diet for proper health. Some important and healthy foods for your toddler are discussed below:

Healthy drinks
Fruit juices, soft drinks are high in sugar and not good for toddler health. These drinks will fill them up and will leave less appetite for other nutritious food. Moreover, these drinks can also lead to dental caries, excess weight gain, diarrhea, and poor nutritional intake. You can start giving water or milk in a glass and stop the use of bottles after your child reaches one year of age. Water and milk are the best drinks for your toddler.

Super foods for toddlers

Blueberries
It is an important source to fix the required sugar as it is a natural fruit. Researchers at the USDA Human Nutrition Center (HNRCA) have found that blueberries rank first in antioxidant activity when compared to 40 other fresh fruits and vegetables. Anti-oxidants help to eliminate harmful free radicals that can lead to cancer. You can include raspberries, blueberries in different forms to give good supply of anti-oxidants to your toddler.

Yogurt
It is one of the best sources of calcium and protein for your toddler. It helps to support immune system and helps their digestive system to function normally.

Broccoli
This vegetable is not very popular among kids but it provides many health benefits. It is rich in two powerful substances that help in preventing cancer. It is packed full of vitamins E, C and K. It is a good choice to supply potassium and beta-carotene to your child that are necessary for performing important functions.

Dried apricots
These are rich in fiber  magnesium and iron. These also contains high amount of potassium that helps your kidneys, nerves, heart and muscles to function normally.

Eggs
It is one of the most nutrient rich foods available. They are rich in vitamin B group and also provide vitamins A and D. Egg yolk is an important source of riboflavin, B12 and choline (a nutrients required for rapid brain development). It also supplies Omega 3, which is good to boost energy.

Garlic
Garlic is known for ages as a natural herb as it possesses anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. It helps to boost the immunity of your child and prevent recurrent attacks of colds and coughs. It also has some anti-cancer properties that prevent different types of cancer.

Peas
Peas are full of group B vitamins, vitamin C and some minerals such as iron, manganese and phosphorus. It also helps in maintaining normal blood sugar levels. It helps to increase the concentration and prevent diarrhea in children.

Spinach
Spinach is a powerhouse of different nutrients. It is loaded with calcium, iron, vitamin K, folic acid and bioflavonoid. Other green leafy vegetables such as kale, collards, turnip green also belong to this category and good for healthy development of your child.