Grain foods are essential for optimal energy, brain functioning and to provide fibre to support a healthy gut. Toddlers tend to love grain foods like pasta, rice and bread, so the key is to ensure they are not over consuming them – particularly as this can often mean that they won’t have room for the other parts of their healthy meal! It’s important to eat these foods alongside protein and vegetables to ensure a balanced meal. We also recommend aiming for at least 50% of the grains in your child’s diet to come from wholegrains.
Each of the following is one serve of grain foods:
Meat & Alternatives – why are they considered a healthy toddler food?
These foods are rich in protein and iron, which is essential for a number of important functions including growth, brain development and healthy bones. In addition, oily fish (e.g. salmon, trout and mackerel) is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids and a dietary source of vitamin D.
Each of the following is one serve of protein:
Dairy foods provide the body with easily absorbed calcium as well as vitamins A and B12, protein and other vitamins and minerals. There are a lot of unsubstantiated ‘warnings’ written about the dangers of cow’s milk and milk products. The truth, from a nutritional point of view, is that milk is a good food to include in your healthy toddler food diet. Saying that, if for whatever reason you choose not to serve your child milk, you are able to get these nutrients from other non-dairy supplements.