Toddler Meal Planning
Submitted by Pregnancy and Baby Care team on January 18, 2012
Not exactly..Feeding a little child can be quite a frustrating task as they are very picky and don’t seem to eat a lot. They are very particular about the food they eat and don’t like to try new food. When planning your child’s meal you need to remember that your child is no longer growing at the rate it was in the first year of its life. So it may not need as much food as you think it does. This is why some little children have smaller appetites. Some common errors parents make are; they force the child to eat even when he is not hungry, they serve the child a lot of food, make the child drink ...
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... more than the required amount of milk and juice in the day and allow the child to eat a lot of sweet and snacks hence ruining his appetite.
Counting calories will help especially when you have to plan your toddler’s meals. On an average a toddler need 1300 calories every day. High calorie foods are apples, bananas, chicken hot dogs, eggs, pancakes, cereal, bread, peanut butter, cheese and many more. Ensure that these foods are a part of your toddler’s meal. For breakfast you could try giving your child half a cup of cereal, with some milk and half a cup of orange juice this accounts for 230 calories. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich along with half a cup of juice would give him 250 calories. Lunch could include a sandwich made of 1 slice of bread with 1 slice of luncheon meat and 1 slice of cheese this sandwich could provide 135 calories. If your child likes tuna then try the tuna sandwich by mixing some mayo and tuna into a paste and then spreading it on the slice.
For dinner you could give him one or two ounces of chicken or beef, vegetable, a slice of whole wheat bread and half a cup of milk, this meal provides roughly 270 to 300 calories. You could also give your child in between snacks which could be milk, juice, jelly, pudding, yogurt, some fruit or a slice of cheese.
Many children don’t finish all their meals and if your child eats even one complete meal in the day it is fine. If he has a good breakfast a small lunch and a few snacks in between he will still get the required amount of calories he needs to take him through the day.
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