Calories and toddlers

Toddlers from one to three years need between 1,000 and 1,300 calories a day, yet they may not eat this amount every day. Aim for a nutritionally-balanced week, not a balanced day.

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Learn about nutrition

MyPyramid for Kids mini-poster with MyPyramid for Kids graphic on one side and eating and physical activity tips on the other side.

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Growth and diet in child’s second year

Growth slows down in a child’s second year. This means toddlers often have smaller appetites and need less food.

The amount eaten from day to day can change dramatically. Although this sometimes worries parents, this change is normal and doesn’t mean your child is being difficult or is unwell.

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Keeping energy levels high

As well as 3 meals a day, snacks are important to keep young kids’ energy levels high throughout the day.

Get into the habit of giving them a healthy mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack. Try toast, rice cakes, homemade plain popcorn or chopped carrots and cucumber with plain yogurt.

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Structure Your Family’s Eating

Although hectic schedules can present challenges, don’t give up on the idea of family dinners.

Discourage eating on the run and random snacking. Instead, establish routines for breakfast, lunch, dinner and after-school snacks.

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Snack food tip

Divvy up boxes of snack foods like crackers, pretzels, and raisins into snack-size zippered bags and keep a picnic basket of bags on the counter so you can grab a few whenever we leave the house.

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Limiting choices

Give your toddler limited choices. Make them as palatable as possible to the child, but eliminate any options that are unacceptable to you.
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Drinking milk

Getting Kids to Drink Milk: For children, who don’t care for milk, add a few drops of food coloring and serve with straws.
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The boon of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding lessens the chances of getting Crohn’s Disease, Diabetes, Ulcerative Colitis, and Celiac Disease.
From: Mommy Tips.com

Good Nutrition Tip

Good nutrition means eating a well-balanced and varied diet of foods in as close to their natural state as possible.
From: La Leche League.