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toddler

Fostering good eating habits and providing healthy, nutrient-dense food choices is one of a parent’s important tasks in raising young children. Quality nutrition is important for toddlers, because it affects physical and mental development as well as helping to prevent and overcome illness. Deficiencies of nutrients, such as iron and vitamin C, can impair brain and body functioning. Also, what constitutes healthy eating for older children and adults isn’t always best for little ones. Keeping these facts in mind our Today’s Articles is a diet plan for toddlers which is going to be a building block for their healthy growth.

Early Morning

  • A glass of milk, 2 Marie biscuits

Breakfast

Vegetarian options:

  •  1/2 bowl of milk with cornflakes and ½ banana
  •  1/2 cup oatmeal with ½ teaspoon of honey and half an apple
  •  1/2 cup dalia made with milk with crushed or powdered nuts
  • 1/2 cup suji halwa with powdered cashews and almonds
  • 1/2  bowl of vegetable poha
  • 1 cheese and tomato sandwich
  • 1 vegetable sandwich
  •  ½ stuffed vegetable parantha
  • 1 idli with peanut chutney
  •  ½  cup suji upma with vegetables
  • 1 small cheela with tomato chutney or sauce
  •  2 pieces paneer sandwich dhokla with green chutney

Non-vegetarian options:

  •  1 scrambled egg with buttered toast
  •  1 Omelette with buttered toast
  •  French toast
  • 2 small Banana pancakes with honey

Mid-morning Snack

You should keep this snack light as there is not much gap between this and lunch and filling up on this would not leave much room for lunch.

  •  1 small banana, a small apple, 1 orange, half a cup cut papaya or any other seasonal fruit
  • 2 marie or whole-wheat biscuits
  • ½ cup cut seasonal fruit
  • 1/2 glass shikanji with honey
  •  ½ cup plain chaas

Lunch

Vegetarian options:

  • 1 small chapatti smeared with little ghee with ¼ cup dal and ¼ cup vegetable. Keep serving different vegetables and dals.
  • ¼ cup dal and ¼ cup seasonal vegetable with ½ cup rice. Add ½ teaspoon ghee to dal.
  • 1 cup vegetable khichdi with ½ teaspoon ghee on top.
  •  ½ cup rice with ½ cup of sambar and 1 teaspoon peanut chutney.
  • 1 cup vegetable pulao with ½ cup yogurt or raita.
  •  ½ cup matar paneer with ½ cup rice or 1 small parantha.

Non-vegetarian options:

  •  Vegetable pulao with ¼ cup egg curry
  •  1 small chapatti with ¼ cup chicken curry and salad
  • ½ cup rice with ¼ cup fish curry and veggies on the side
  •  Mild chicken biryani with mixed veg raita

Evening Snack

  • ½ cup milk with 2 whole wheat crackers
  • 1 small sandwich with mixed fruit jam and butter
  • 1 small peanut butter sandwich
  •  ½ cup fresh fruit cut in to cubes and ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh fruit milkshake(banana, mango, cheeku etc)
  • 1 cup fresh fruit smoothie
  • 5-6 sweet potato fries
  • 3-4 Tofu or paneer sticks

Dinner

Most kids don’t want to eat a heavy dinner as their activity levels go down in the evening, so do not insist on them eating a lot. Let the kid eat whatever and however much they wants.

  •  ½ cup Vegetable pulao with mixed raita
  • ½ to 1 cup Vermicelli upma with vegetables
  •  ½ to 1 cup Vegetable pasta with cheese
  • ½ to 1 cup Vegetable noodles
  •  ½ to 1 cup Khichdi with veggies
  • ½ cup matar paneer with ½ cup rice or 1 small parantha
  • 1 small chapatti with paneer bhurji

Non-vegetarian options:

  • Vegetable pulao with ¼ cup egg curry
  • 1 small chapatti with ¼ cup chicken curry and salad
  •  ½ cup rice with ¼ cup fish curry and veggies on the side
  •  Mild chicken biryani with mixed veg raita
  • Chicken and veg pasta in tomato sauce
  •  Egg and veg noodles
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