The father of medicine, Hippocrates, said that only one-third of what we eat is for our bodies, the other two-thirds are for our doctor. Which means our body only needs one-third of what we usually eat to be healthy. Everything after that will eventually send us to the doctor. That certainly doesn’t mean you can starve your kids, and it doesn’t tell you how much food is enough either! So let’s see the right amount of toddler food your little one is supposed to eat on a daily basis.
Toddler Food – How Much Is Too Much
Once your little one starts eating various solid foods, it’s time to make a list of all the foods that can be served on their tray. Feeding toddlers can be a challenging time, especially if your little one identifies his toddler food as just another game. We made a list of all the foods your little ones can eat once they’re a year old. Not all foods on the list will be a favorite. You’ll have to learn some cooking tips and mom tricks to get them to eat the foods that are healthy for them. Take a look at the dangerous and unsafe for toddler foods while you’re there.
Feeding Toddlers Solid Foods
Other than bread and pasta, make sure you introduce other grains, like barley, oats, wheat and etc. They are full of iron and especially beneficial for the development of a young body.
How much is enough: Make a habit of serving at least 3 – 4 servings of grains during the day. You have a wide array of choices in this food group. One ounce of grains equals one slice of bread, one cup of cereals, ½ cup of cooked rice, pasta, a mini muffin or bagel and etc.
Fruits and Veggies
Fruits and vegetables are a must for your little ones. They are loaded with vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber to assure a painless toilet experience.
How much is enough: feeding toddlers veggies and fruits should not be very difficult. You can easily make their veggie and fruit daily servings fun. One serving per day is enough, and it equals around a cup of freshly chopped vegetables or fruits.
Eggs, meats, seafood, nut butter, legumes, beans, all these are listed as foods rich in protein. If you choose not to feed your little one with meat, make sure they get enough proteins from other foods.
How much is enough: two servings of protein a day is enough for a growing toddler. One serving equals on ounce of cooked meat, seafood or poultry, ¼ cup of legumes, one cooked egg or one tablespoon of nut butter. Mix these up throughout the day and week, so your kids don’t get bored. Be especially careful when cooking meat. Meat should ALWAYS be well-done when you’re serving it to kids.
Milk and Dairy Products
While your kids are still around one year old you should always give them full fat, whole milk. Full fat yogurt, pasteurized cheese, and later hard cottage cheese are all okay to give to your toddlers. Of course, follow the daily serving guide to make sure you don’t overdo in one group at the expense of another.
How much is enough: around two servings of this food group per day will satisfy your kids’ nutritional needs. One serving is equal to one cup of milk or yogurt, one ounce of natural cheese, two ounces of processed American cheese and etc. The serving amount in this group is determined by the food fat contents. Even though you should feed your toddler with full fat dairy products, when it comes to cheeses, especially cottage and other natural dairy produce, you should be careful.
To make this period a little more interesting for your one year olds, mix their food, in terms of texture, size and color. Their tasting buds will be eager to try all the different flavors the house has to offer, so introduce them all, one at a time. Most grownups can’t taste the full flavors of their food, especially when it comes to vegetables. Our taste buds are ruined with alcohol, sodas, spicy foods and artificial colors and flavors. Our kids’ taste buds on the other hand, are in their upright position, ready to savor every last hint of aroma in their foods.
There are foods that are not so savory and delicious, like the ones in the cruciferous family. Sure, they taste dull to us. But a young, powerful taste bud can sense all the flavors coming out of these healthy, but smelly veggies. Blend them into baby food, or if they are older and want to eat real food, you can blend them and add them to sauces and dips.
Avoid blending and juicing as much as you can. Other than the fact that vegetables and fruits lose large portions of their fiber contents, they will also make their stomach lazy. Their digestive tract needs to be functional for processing hard to process foods, like meat, so don’t cut off the practice time.
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