It may be challenging to feed your toddler. After all, this is the stage when they are the pickiest and when their appetite might slow down. The key is to be creative in your preparation and presentation and to never let them feel like nutrition is a tedious chore. Train them early with these yummy nutrition-packed foods.
Vitamin C is known for being a potent antioxidant. It is also essential for strengthening the immune system, repairing tissues, healing the body’s wounds, and building strong bones. Find a way to incorporate oranges, strawberries, lychees, mangoes, potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach and kale into your child’s snacks.
Protein is vital for child growth because it repairs tissues in the muscles, skin, organs, blood, hair, and nails. Not only are proteins appetizing to kids, but they also pack extra nutrients. Lean meat and poultry contain iron, zinc, and vitamin B12. While fish and seafood contain long-chain omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Legumes like beans and chickpeas contain fiber and minerals. While nuts contain healthy fats. Dairy products in moderate amounts can also help fulfill your child’s protein needs.
Nowadays we are told carbohydrates are evil and should be cut down, but for children, it’s actually an important source of energy especially as they are at a hyperactive stage. Carbohydrates also assist the body to use up fat and protein. Choose carbohydrates that are high in starches and fibers and less of the sugary variety. Potatoes, rice, whole grain cereals, bread, and pasta are nutritious, filling choices.
Vitamin A is touted for its ability to protect the surface of the eye (cornea). It is essential for good vision, growth, keeping skin healthy, and preventing infections. Foods that contain high levels of Vitamin A include carrots, squash, apricots, spinach, broccoli, fish oils, egg yolks, sweet potatoes, and cabbage among others.
Calcium is very important in building your child’s bones and teeth. It’s also vital for nerve, muscle, and heart function. Calcium can be found in cheeses, milk, yogurt, tofu, egg yolks, ice cream, broccoli, spinach, and tofu.
Make food irresistible to your child by arranging them in fun shapes and colors they can recognize. Finger foods are also a hit with toddlers and having the option to dip can trick him/her into eating more of the cruciferous greens too. And make mealtime cleanup a breeze with Bibiluv Sticky Mats! These sticky mats are disposable and easy to carry around with you everywhere. They work on any smooth surface and have colors that are scientifically proven to increase a child’s appetite, so mealtime with your little one is just a little easier on you.