Meals for Toddlers

Katie - posted on 04/25/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son is 13 months old and I was just curious as to what the meal plan is for everyone else's toddlers. Do you plan it out for the week, breakfast-dinner or do you just figure it out day by day?
I know my son doesn't get enough of some of the important food groups like veggies and fruit
Need some help full and fun ideas to make sure my son has the healthiest diet and life :))
Thank you ladies

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September - posted on 04/26/2011

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We have a 2.5 year old who eats what we eat. I plan our meals for the most part and shop once a week. I'm always sure to offer a protein, grain, veggie and fruit, which is usually our dessert. Often times I'll make a fruit salad and use yogurt so that I get some dairy in as well. I follow the food pyramid as far as what to offer and how much to offer; I got a really helpful one for the toddler age range from our pediatrician. I've always offered a wide variety of foods since our son starting eating solids at 6 months, now at 2.5 years old he is the least picky eater I know! :) Explore all foods and enjoy!

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Karla - posted on 04/28/2011

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We pretty much fed our daughter what we were having but I also added yogurt with fruit, raisins and I gave her V8 Fusion drink for extra vegetables/Fruits. My mom had my daughter help her in the kitchen and she found a love of vegetable/fruit muffins this way. So if you can maybe make muffins with some something healthy. My daughter is under weight still so we try and get vegetables. fruits and protein into her whatever way we can.

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We usually give mine what we are eating too. My doc suggested this plan from 6m on, which helps me keep track. Breakfast: grain/fruit: we usually do oatmeal, pancake, waffle, fruit, sometimes yogurt, Lunch: Grain, protein, fruit, veggie: We usually do: noodles or bread, tofu lunchmeat, yogurt, cottage cheese, cheese, applesauce or cut up fruit, cut up vegetables (frozen makes my life easier). Snack: fruit, grain, Dinner: grain, protein, veg - whatever we are eating + yogurt/cottage cheese

Katie - posted on 04/25/2011

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Luke isn't a breakfast eater. He will pick at what we are eating, but he ALWAYS gets a cup of mixed fruit in the morning. At lunch there is always a cup of peas in front of him (Thats his favorite) and whatever we have or if we arn't eating lunch pasta pick ups of chicken nuggets, then dinner its whatever we have and normally a cup of fruit after for a snack. He seems fine with it and is gaining weight normally! He's small, but so are we.

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I choose at the momment often times, or she'll get leftover dinner. Almost every morning I give her an egg for breakfast along with either toast or bacon. Lunch is often something that is quick and easy, from a peanut butter sandwhich with peaches to fish sticks with peas. I just make sure that for lunch and dinner I offer either a fruit or veggie. If she had fruit with lunch I give a veggie with dinner (and vice versa).

Because my husband works really late she's in bed before we have dinner. So I often give her last night's dinner for today's. Breakfast is our meal together.

Katie - posted on 04/25/2011

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Yeah my son eats whatever we eat but we forgot a lot to make him extra veggies but I was just wondering what is a good healthy diet and how much of everything they are supposed to be getting a day

Karen - posted on 04/25/2011

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my that age my son was eating whatever we ate for meals. if we were having something that didn't have much for veggies in it then i just made him an extra side of them. i do plan our suppers out for the week - makes shopping easier.

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