Golden Ruler's of Penmai
- Sep 3, 2012
Moms of toddlers will tell you that, after blowing out their first birthday candle, their little ones often “lose interest” in food. It may seem like they’ve lost their desire to eat everything in sight — but it’s actually a normal thing. In fact, it’s expected! That’s because growth starts to slow down when babies hit 12 months, which means they don’t require that much food anymore.
Toddlers need about 1,000 calories a day. And if you’ve ever counted calories before, you can tell that 1,000 isn’t a lot. And when you space it out into three full meals and two snacks, well, it’s no surprise your little one didn’t finish all that spaghetti on his plate!
That’s not to say it’s okay to put them on a supermodel diet of water and celery sticks. Toddlers need well-balanced meals that contain essential nutrients to aid in their growth and development. And since they can only take in so much food in a day (not to say, they’re very picky about what goes in their little tummies!), it’s important to give them food that’s packed with the good stuff their body needs (compared to, say, empty-calorie food like sweets and chips)!
Here’s a rundown of some of the essential nutrients that your little tyke needs..
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