Give your toddler a healthy, balanced diet with Organix
As our little ones grow up, we all want them to have a nutritionally balanced diet, a healthy appetite and an appreciation of wholesome, natural food.
It's often just the little things that we do that can make such a big difference to their relationship with food in later life and encourage them to explore their growing sense of independence.
Healthy eating is about giving your child a varied, balanced diet so they enjoy lots of different foods, without denying them the food they enjoy. By doing this at the important stage in their development, they will grow to appreciate good food as it should be and you'll be able to balance healthy meals and tasty snacks.
That's why here at Organix we have carefully created our Goodies range of organic foods to meet your growing toddler's needs.
The range is suitable for 12 months and older, and offers healthy and delicious alternatives to the food parents are less likely to make themselves at home. And its been designed to meet all little ones needs through the different stages of growing up.
Thanks to our No Junk Promise, you have the reassurance that all our foods are made from organic ingredients and contain no added salt, processed sugars, artificial colours or flavours.
A healthy diet for a toddler is different to that for an older child or adult because they need more fat and less fibre than is recommended for others. Toddlers have smaller stomachs than adults so need to eat smaller amounts regularly.
It's recommended that they eat three meals a day, as well as two or three planned snacks and six to eight drinks per day to ensure they are well hydrated. Make sure you offer a drink with each meal and snack, and give all drinks in a beaker or cup, not bottles - 100-120ml (3-4 fl. oz) is about right.
A balanced diet for children includes foods from each of the four main food groups every day:
- Bread, cereals and potatoes
- Fruit and vegetables
- Milk and dairy foods
- Meat, fish and alternatives, eg eggs and pulses
It can be difficult to know how much food and drink your little one should have. However toddlers quickly learn to control their food intake to meet their energy needs for normal growth and development. Like adults, children feel hungry when they need food and full when they have eaten and drunk enough.
- There is no such thing as an 'ideal' portion size for toddlers. A large active toddler will need more food than a smaller, less active child
- Don't force your little one to eat when they don't want to as this can interfere with their food intake control
- Don't let your toddler graze between meals and snacks. Stick to a planned routine every day
- Don't withhold snacks to try and make your toddler hungry for the next meal
- Forcing toddlers to finish food they don't like will not only make mealtimes stressful but may also cause them to refuse food in the future
- If your toddler does not finish the first course, remove the food without making any comment and move onto the next course
- Eat with your toddlers and praise them when they eat well. This will encourage them to enjoy their meals
- Reward your toddler with your attention - never give food and drink as a reward, treat or for comfort
- Toddlers are more likely to eat fruit that is cut up into small pieces and offered as finger foods
- Plan snacks so that they are offered about half way between meals, taking into account sleep patterns
Last updated: about 3 years ago