Last updated on July 10th, 2018
Food For Toddlers- Healthy Foods Toddlers Should Have In Their Diet
My daughter LOVES food (read all about how I introduced her to food here.). And my goal as a mama is to give her the best possible food in order to fuel her little system. My daughter is a classic foodie, meaning she wants to eat all the time which to me is awesome.. so long as it's healthy. It's no secret that some foods are better than others, so when it comes to my toddlers diet, I aim to give her quality, health promoting, gut boosting foods.
In a world where so many adults are misinformed about what is “healthy” it's no wonder that our children are given sub-par foods – and more often than not it's not on purpose.
While most mama's are aware that chips and fries aren't the best diet staples it's hard to know exactly what to feed our babes to make them thrive. Factor in a lack of time and so many kids end up fed just not fueled.
This blog post contains three food staples that I think should be in almost every baby & toddlers diet. These foods are nourishing and healing. They promote growth and development and above all, they help keep kids thriving.
Young babes require more calories per pound than adults in order to grow and develop. While it might seem easy to get all these in, feeding them empty nutrients (like boxed cereal) won't help the big picture.
Babes need a blend of quality macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins & fats) as well as helpful micronutrients. Thus, a babes diet should largely revolve around real, un-processed foods (as much as possible). There are so so many foods that meet these requirements! the three foods below are simply my favorite crucial foods in addition to a regular, healthy diet.
Sometimes these foods nead to be snuck in via pasta, smoothies or muffins (read more about hiding foods here) and other times they don't. Regardless, both my girls thrive when they eat them on a regular basis.
Below are three foods that I believe every toddler should have in their diet (allergies or religion depending).
Chia or Flax Seed
Healthy fats are essential for both development as well as weight gain in babes and these two seeds take the cake. Fat comes in at 9 calories per gram so it's easy to get a bit caloric hit from a small amount of seeds.
But even better, both are chalked full of omega three fats – perfect anti-inflammatory helpers which have been shown to aid brain development. Chia seeds especially have twenty percent protein, a high amount for a seed.
Both seeds are full of fiber which helps babes with digestion and the fats in the help regulate metabolism, build bones, and promote brain development.
Overall, they should be a staple in your babes diet. Try adding them to smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt or making chia pudding. There are lots of simple ways to get them into your babes diet (click here for five of my favorite ways!)
It seems as of a late, there are few things avocados can't do. They are quite literally one of the world's healthier foods… and babes love them!
Avocados are full of healthy monosaturated fats, specifically oleic acid which helps reduce inflammation and specifically starts your babe off on a heart healthy journey. They are loaded with fiber and antioxidants and while they're protein content isn't high it is complete. Meaning, avocados contain all 18 essential amino acids. Making it one of the rare non-meat sources to do so.
Avocados are great by themselves, with eggs or blended into a smoothie for creaminess. Regardless they should be in your babes diet!
I know what you're thinking… probably along the lines of “Wtf”. Buuutt it's true. Bone broth (I love chicken) is perfectly healthy for your babe! That said, homemade bone broth is healthy. The packages in the store won't contain anything near what a homemade broth will. There's a reason you grandma always wanted to give you homemade chicken soup when you're sick.. it was because of the broth!
Bone broth not only aids nutrient absorption but it's full of collagen and glucosamine which helps improve bones and joints.
On top of that, the broth will contain a lot of great amino acids (like proline, glycine, arginine and glutamine) which help from everything from kidney function to gut health.
And lastly, gut health. Homemade bone broth helps improve your gut which in turn improves your immune system drastically. So basically, by giving your babe bone broth you're giving them some crucial building blocks.
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Bone broth was Baby Bear's first food and she still loves it to this day. You can mix it into your dishes or just slurp up some soup but either way start enjoying!
These three foods for toddlesr are perfect for babes, toddlers and moms! Healthy fats, brain boosting nutrients, fiber and protein. These three foods have everything your babe needs to boost their nutrition and give their body the fuel it needs.