The Daily Dozen Best Odds for Toddler’s

 

“You can’t pour from an empty pitcher”

 

I did a post very similar to this a little while ago. I have learned a few things since then. If you would like to check that out first before you go through this you are welcome to click this link.

Eating and your Toddler: 27 Tips to hopefully make it easier

It’s hard enough to get toddler’s to eat three meals a day. With their resistance to anything new or green and leafy, and weird adversity to strange textures. If helping a child learn to eat well may never be easy it is especially difficult during toddlerhood, yet it is most important.

Eating habits formed during these years will pretty much last a lifetime. Those busy little bundles of endless activity need a steady diet of nutrients to fuel their never ending, on-the-go lifestyle.

A good diet is very important for growth and development. This doesn’t guarantee good health and long life but “the Best-Odds Toddler Diet can give your child the boost in that direction.

The Best Odds 9 Principles

 

  • Every Bite counts: With toddlers little bellies and fickle tastes, there are just so many bites we can expect them to take. It’s very important that each bite they take be as nourishable as possible.

  • All calories are no the same: always keep the quality of the calories in mind. (The 110 calories in the sugary cereal is not equal to the whole grain bran muffin)

  • Skipping meals isn’t a great idea but it’s a toddler’s prerogative: The toddler who skips regular meals can be prone to irritability and temper tantrums. Try to make up for the missed meal with a nutritious snack.

  • When possible, offer foods that satisfy more than one nutritional requirement. For the child who may be gaining weight slower that others foods like peanut butter, meat, avocado, cheese and beans are good choices.

  • The issue of carbs is complex: when offering carbohydrates to your toddler try using whole grain flours, bread’s, and cereals; brown rice, millet, quinoa, and other whole grains; legumes (dried peas and beans); and whole grain or high protein pasta.

  • There is nothing positive gained from sweet treats: Some studies on the effects of sugar on the behavior of some children have agreed on the idea that children “under the influence” of sugar exhibit hyperactive behavior. Whether you believe that or not, there are still plenty of reasons to limit your toddler’s sugar intake. Sugar has no nutritional value whatsoever. There are no vitamins and no minerals, nothing but calories.

  • The most healthy foods remember where they came from: Gone are the days when we ate what we grew. But, the closer we stick to the natural food chain, the better. Foods that remember their “roots” are much more likely to have the nutrients they had when they were harvested. Try to select baked goods, fruits, and vegetables that are fresh (or fresh frozen) rather than highly processed, canned, or overcooked.

  • A family that eats healthy stays healthy: You will succeed in your efforts to teach your toddler to eat healthy if you and the rest of the family show the example as well.

  • A good diet can be sabotaged by bad habits: the lure of seeing other children eating sugar filled foods and drinks can be tough to ignore. But, staying true at home will make it easier for your child to stay true out of the home.

For now, junk food is the biggest detriment to your toddler’s diet. Make the example for your child as they grow. Don’t indulge in excess with caffeine, sugar, or alcohol,

We know feeding a toddler can be tricky enough without turning food prep into a lab experiment.

Here is an example of an easy guide for The…

Best Odd’s Daily Dozen for Toddler’s

 

  1. calories- an average of 900 to 1,700

  2. Protein: four toddler servings (about 25 grams) one toddler serving is about… 3/4 cup milk, 1/2 cup yogurt, or 1 whole egg

  3. Calcium foods: four toddler servings: 2/3 c milk 1/2 cup yogurt, or 4 oz orange juice

  4. Vitamin c foods: 2 or more toddler servings

  5. green and leafy veggies and fruits- 2 or more toddler servings: 1 medium apricot, 1 slice of cantaloupe, 1 nectarine.

  6. Other fruits and veggies: 1 to 2 or more toddler servings- 1/2 apple, pear, or banana. 1/4 cup applesauce or 1/3 c grapes

  7. whole grains and other complex carbs: 6 or more toddler servings: 1/2 slice whole grain bread, 1/4 whole grain bagel or English muffin, 2 to 3 whole wheat crackers 1/4 cup brown or wild rice

  8. iron rich foods: a little very day- iron-fortified cereals, beef, baked goods made with carob or soy flour, whole grains, wheat germ.

  9. High-fat foods: 5 to 8 toddler servings daily- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, butter, or mayonnaise, 1 1/2 tablespoon cream cheese, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1/4 small avocado, 1 egg

  10. restrict added salt: While everyone needs a fair amount of salt in their diet. But, not the amount that the average American consumes. Restrict your toddlers salt intake to prevent a salt dependency in the future.

  11. Fluids: four to six cups daily- pretty much self-explanatory

  12. supplements: little research has been done to the need of toddlers taking supplements. But, if you think your toddler can benefit from a daily vitamin, I highly recommend Flinstones gummies complete

 

A sample toddler menu as a reference:

breakfast

  • 1/2 c orange juice

  • 1/2 c whole grain breakfast cereal

  • 1/2 c sliced banana

  • 1/2 c milk

 

Mid-morning Snack

  • 1/2 c milk

  • 1/2 slice whole grain bread

  • 2 tsp peanut butter

 

lunch

  • 1/2 grilled cheese on whole wheat

  • a wedge of cantaloupe

  • 1/2 c milk

 

afternoon snack

  • whole wheat pretzels

  • 1/2 c 100% juice

 

dinner

  • 1 oz pasta

  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese

  • 1/4 c cooked carrot slices

  • 1/2 c milk

 

bedtime snack

  • pear slices

  • fruit cookie

  • 1/2 c milk

 

I have been told by Allie’s doctor that it is a good idea to give her 3 main meals and 3 snacks every day. It seems like a lot, but considering she doesn’t eat all that much in one sitting, it works out well for us. The daily Dozen Best Odd’s is a great comprehensive guide. 

This has been a long post, but I have done some extensive research because Allie is on the smaller side of the weight chart. She is as tall as she should be, but a few pounds under for her curve.

If you have any other advice that works for you, please let me know in the comments.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

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