10 Best Nutritious Foods for Toddlers (18 Months – 36 Months)

Nutritious food for toddlers
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On completing 18 months, your baby can join family meals. He will be able to eat on his own in some instances, and create a mess in most! As molar teeth start coming at this age, kids’ chewing skills start developing, giving you lots of options to include in their foods. As toddlers’ tummies are small, they can’t eat too much in one sitting. Try introducing healthy snacks between lunch and dinners like idlis, cheese, small pieces of fruits, raw vegetables like cucumber, tomato or carrots, breadsticks, etc.

We bring you the top 10 nutritious foods to include in your toddler’s meals:

Nutritious Food For Toddlers

Whole Grains – Include pasta, ragi, oatmeal, iron-rich cereals and other whole grains in your toddler’s meals. Since whole grains contain bran and fibre, they are highly nutritious for your little ones.

Fruits – Start giving small portions of fruits to your babies. These include grated apple, melon, mango, berries, papaya, banana, etc.  Fruits help build your baby’s immune system and make great addition to the meals. Ensure that you include a fruit with Vitamin-C on a daily basis.

Milk and Cheese – Milk and cheese make for a great source of protein and calcium. They also contain a special fat which is beneficial for the first 2 years of life. Besides, calcium is very important for toddlers’ bone and teeth development. You can add grated cheese to vegetables or just serve serve it as a snack.

Sweet Potatoes – Potatoes are rich in Vitamin A and C, thus making them a great nutritional choice. Boil them or cook them in the oven, cut into small pieces and serve.

Eggs – Rich in protein, iron, B12, and many other key nutrients, eggs are a great option for growing toddlers. You can serve boiled eggs or scramble them with veggies to introduce taste and flavours.

Beans and lentils – Beans and lentils are rich in iron, Vitamin B, protein along with fibres. Cook them well and serve with Vitamin-C fruits to help increase the absorption of iron.

Vegetables – Start introducing new colours, flavours and textures with different vegetables at lunch and dinner time. These can include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, brinjal, etc.

Soft Meat – Many kids under the age of 3 years usually don’t get ample of iron from their meals. If you are non-vegetarian, soft meat is a great source of iron that can be easily absorbed, making it ideal for little ones.

Fish – Fish is an important part of a toddler’s diet as it includes essential fats like Omega-3s DHA, which are crucial in developing the brain. You can opt for fish sticks to make them more enjoyable during meal time.

Fruits and Vegetable Juices – Use seasonal fruits and vegetables to make fresh juices for your toddlers. This is especially helpful for fussy eaters as they get valuable nutrients without much efforts.

Most toddlers are fussy with food and it is upon mothers to experiment with food and see what their toddler will like best. During this age, your baby will be able to ask for food and even say ‘no’ to certain items. Try respecting her wishes and stay calm when she says no. Also remember to try and eat most meals together as a family. When your toddler watches you enjoying your food and calling it delicious, chances are she might also enjoy it.

We would love to hear your meal experiences with your toddlers. If you think we have missed out from listing any food item, do share with us in the comments below. Thanks!

 

 

 

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