What and How much should be fed to toddlers?

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What and How much should be fed to toddlers?

What and How much should be fed to toddlers?

It is essential to offer your toddler a wide range of foods. Feed could be divided into five food groups described below and combination of these groups should be offered within meals. The number of serves will give you an idea of how much should be consumed by your baby. Toddlers need to eat frequently as they only have small tummies. Offer small serves of nutritious foods 5-6 times daily.

Grain foods – 4 serves per day

One serve include:

  • ½ cup cooked porridge/daliya
  • ½ cup cooked rice
  • 1 slice bread
  • 2 breakfast biscuits (whole-wheat )
  • ⅔ cup cereal flakes
  • Prefer food with less added sugar

Vegetables and legumes – 2 ½ serves per day

  • ½ cup cooked green or orange vegetables
  • ½ medium potato or other starchy vegetable like sweet potato
  • 1 cup salad
  • ½ cup cooked beans, peas or lentils
  • 1 medium tomato
  • ½ cup sweet corn
  • Offer a variety of vegetables of different colors each day.

Fruit– 1 serves per day

  • 1 medium apple, banana, orange or pear
  • 1 slice melon or 2 small fruits (like kiwi, apricots or plums)

Or only occasionally:

  • ½ cup fruit juice (without added sugar)
  • 4 dried apricot halves, 1 ½ tablespoons sultanas ( or 30g dry fruits)

Dairy products – ½ serves per day

  • (250ml) milk or a breastfeed
  • (250ml) calcium fortified soy milk
  • (200g) yoghurt
  • (200g) custard
  • 2 slices of cheese (40g)
  • Full cream milk or milk products

Poultry, fish and eggs -1 serve per day

  • 2 thin slices of cooked lean meat or chicken
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 fish fingers (occasionally only)

Remember, this is to guide you only; appetites vary from child to child and from day to day! You should try and experiment what your kid likes and dislikes. Also you should try innovative methods of making the eating time interesting.

Apart from this it is recommended that you give food to your kid in a separate plate and do not encourage sharing of plates. This is the time to start teaching them etiquette but with patience as they will learn gradually by making mistakes.

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