Even though your toddler or child may be a picky eater now or even go on binges where he will only want to eat a certain food, you should continue to offer a variety of foods. This includes small amounts of fruits and vegetables, as he may eventually try them if he isn't pressured or forced into eating them.
Remember that this is a period in your child's development where he is not growing very fast and doesn't need a lot of calories but lots of nutrients.
Vitamins and Minerals
Parents often worry that their kids don't get enough vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from the foods they are eating. It is good practice to try and provide these nutrients to your child through the foods he is eating, such as:
- High Fiber Foods
- Protein Rich Foods
- Iron Rich Foods
- Calcium Rich Foods
- Water with Fluoride
- Whole Foods
- Vitamin C
- Food High in Potassium
Fruits and VegetablesMany parents have a very hard time getting their kids to eat few if any vegetables on a regular basis. Most experts advise that you can often get kids to eat more veggies if you start early by offering your older infant and toddler a large variety of vegetables, set a good example by eating vegetables yourself, offering a lot of choices, and mixing vegetables into a food that your child already likes.
Getting kids to eat fruits is often a little easier, but are your kids eating enough fruits each day? Do you know how many servings of fruits your kids should be eating each day? For example, a 3-year-old male who is fairly active should eat 1.5 cups of vegetables and 1.5 cups of fruits each day. If you consider that 1/2 of a large apple or 1 large banana is equal to a cup of fruit, then it shouldn't be too hard to get your kids enough fruit each day.
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