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Nutritional Requirements for Toddlers

Nutritional Requirements for Toddlers

Children at toddler age need nutrient dense foods. Firstly, their energy requirements increase rapidly as they begin to move and get very active. In addition, they need food that provides them with good supply of protein, vitamins and minerals to support healthy growth and development.

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Carbohydrates:

Whole what bread, brown rice, potatoes, pasta and other starchy carbohydrates provide them with much-needed energy along with a variety of essential nutrients. πŸ‘‰ children between 1-3 years of age should be encouraged to consume five servings of starchy food per day. πŸ‘‰ this could include: half a potato at dinner, a small plate of pasta or 1/2 slice of whole wheat bread as a snack.

Full-fat dairy products such as milk, yogurt, cheese offer a great source of energy as well as essential nutrients. πŸ‘‰children aged 1-3 are recommended to consume at least 300ml/ 1 1/2 cups of milk or eat three servings of dairy foods daily.

Protein:

Meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein - it is vital that toddlers get enough of these foods but also it is a great source of iron, zinc, vitamin D, and B vitamins.

Vitamins and Minerals:

Best source of vitamins and minerals are fruit and vegetables. πŸ‘‰ toddlers should be encouraged to eat five portions a day. A portion being anything from a quarter of an apple or a couple of carrot slices. Vegetable and fruit provide vital vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin A and folic acid. πŸ‘‰ it’s important that good eating habits are instilled from early age.