Following on from our last article, today I'm excited to talk to you about Nourishing your Toddlers. Our little people are so important, and what we feed them really can set them up for health and wellness from the beginning.
Toddlers & young children are growing quite rapidly, and require adequate nutrition in order to develop fully. They require large amounts of fat and protein to build body tissues and a healthy brain. Iron, Vitamins A, D, E and K are all essential for healthy neural development in the growing brain. Zinc is also necessary, and can help in fussy or picky eaters.
Important foods to have in the diet include:
With weaned toddlers, avoid giving them processed refined carbohydrate foods, such as white bread, white rice, white pasta, biscuits, cakes and processed snacks. These foods are void of nutrients, and can set the child up for many health and wellness weaknesses if consumed regularly.
Instead, for snacks try:
As a parent, your attitudes towards food are generally transferred to your child. If the child is a fussy eater, it may be because either of the parents are picky eaters, or not experimenting with new flavours and textures in the childs diet. New foods need to be offered on up to 10 different occasions. If they child won’t take the food initially, keep trying until the food is accepted.
Ways to improve your childs eating habits:
Some wonderful cookbooks for nourishing your little ones:
Supercharged food for kids by Lee Holmes
Nourishing Kids ebook
Nourishing traditions cookbook by Sally Fallon
Wholefood for Kids by Jude Blereau
If you'd like some further information on this wonderful topic please let me know in the comments :)
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I'm Ally Chick, founder and head Naturopath here at Alysia Chick Health.