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Meal plan for toddlers


                   Some tips on preparing healthy meals for your toddler
                                   

 

Breakfast

 

Jam sandwich, mini idlis, mini uttappam, omellette, porridge(daliya) or non- sugar coated fortified cereals with milk, eggs( boiled or scrambled), fruit smoothies ( made with full-fat, plain yoghurt), poha, suji ka halwa, chilla, vada, upma, salted porridge, small bowl of breakfast cereal and milk or toast with butter/ jam with a cup of milk to drink.

Lunch

Rice with dal, curd and salad/ chick peas curry with rice, curd and salad/ chicken curry with rice/ stuffed vegetable parantha with curd and salad/ kidney beans with rice, curd and salad/ vegetables with parantha, pasta dishes e.g. macroni cheese, along with fruit slices.

Dinner

 

Rice with dal/ chappati/ chicken biryani/ pulao rice/cheese omellete/spinach rice/home made pizza/ dosa/ paneer parantha/ vegetable fried rice/ rajma rice/ aloo parantha/ seasonal vegetable with chapatti/ spinach parantha/gobhi parantha/ vegetable or egg noodles, roast meat or mince meat, fish fingers/ chicken nuggets

 

Snacks

 

Banana, apple slices, bread stick, cheese, aloo tikki, fruit custard, bread pakora, sweet vermicelli porridge, cheese sandwich, pasta, fruit slices, vegetable sandwiches in bite size pieces, cheese on toast, small pot of yoghurt/ fruit and/or diluted fruit juice.

 
Also offer 2-3 small nutritious snacks each day. Try a variety of foods for a well balanced diet. If your child is a picky eater, talk to your doctor about prescribing vitamin supplement containing vitamins A, C, and D.

Drinks

Plain water or milk are the best options in terms of drinks, although very diluted squash or fruit juice can also be useful if your little one refuses water.Not all drinks are suitable for babies and young children. The following list explains what you should give to your child, and when.  
  • Semi-skimmed milk can be introduced once your child is two, provided they are a good eater and have a varied diet. Skimmed milk is not suitable for children under five. For convenience, lower fat milks can be used in cooking from the age of one.

  • Water is the best alternative drink to milk.

  • Citrus fruit juices, such as orange juice or grapefruit juice, are a good source of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps with iron absorption, so if your baby is a vegetarian you may be advised to give them diluted fruit juice (one part juice to 10 parts boiled, cooled water) with their meals after six months. To prevent tooth decay, give fruit juice at mealtimes only.

  • Squashes, flavoured milk and juice drinks contain sugar and can cause tooth decay even when diluted. These drinks can lead to poor appetite, limited weight gain and loose stools. If you want to use squashes, flavoured milk and juice drinks, keep them for mealtimes, make sure they are diluted well and always give them in a cup rather than a bottle. These drinks should never be given as a bedtime drink as this can be particularly cause tooth decay.

  • Fizzy drinks are acidic and can damage tooth enamel, so they should not be given to babies and toddlers.

  • Diet drinks and “no added sugar” drinks, whether squashes or fizzy drinks, are not intended for babies or toddlers. They contain artificial sweeteners that may be more “tooth friendly” than other squashes, but they still encourage a sweet tooth.

  • If the drinks are not diluted enough, your child could take in more than the recommended amount of sweetener. If you do give concentrated drinks containing saccharin, dilute them well (at least one part sweetened drink to 10 parts water). Many regular squashes also contain artificial sweeteners so it’s best to always check the label.

  • Tea and coffee are not suitable for babies and young children. They reduce iron absorption when taken with meals and, if sugar is added, may contribute to tooth decay.
Food additives

Food contains additives for a variety of reasons: to prevent food poisoning, to stop it going off and to provide colour, flavour or texture. Some food additives are natural substances, others are synthetic. Any additives put into food must, by law, be shown on the label. A diet high in processed foods is not only more likely to contain additives, it will probably be high in salt, sugar and fat. It’s a good idea to replace these foods with fruits, vegetables and starchy foods.


Food allergies

Some children experience unpleasant reactions after eating certain foods. Most children grow out of this, but in a very few cases foods can cause a very severe reaction that can be life threatening. The foods most likely to cause a problem for young children are peanuts, nuts, seeds, milk, eggs, wheat, fish, shellfish or food containing these.

 



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