6 foods that you must include in your toddler’s diet
Starting from sending your child to school to putting him to bed, everything is a struggle.
But among all these, the toughest is feeding your toddler as he needs to eat right and also have a balanced portion of everything.
Remember, your child needs to have a balanced diet comprising of all food groups.
A balanced diet is one that includes all food groups and provides all macronutrients and micronutrients for the growing child.
The more colourful fruits and vegetables that we include the better nutrients are provided.
Fruits provide children with fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Milk and milk products provide calcium for the bones and protein.
Fats and oils – Vitamin E and fats are a concentrated source of energy.
However, parents must remember a few things before feeding their children: Do not force feed the child Set a healthy routine of making the child eat with the entire family Every child goes through phases of picky/fussy eating and monotonous eating- such as refusing to eat or eating too little/ eating the same food for a week or longer time Do not make FOOD an issue –children at this age like to assert their independence and like to seek attention, hence understand your child and encourage good eating habits Children learn from family members about values, healthy eating habits, sleep routine, behaviour and hence parents should be a good role model and healthy eating habits is to be encouraged for the whole family.
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