Toddler Food Guidelines (cont.)
How can I instill healthy eating habits in my child?
Nutrition specialists recommend the following to promote proper nutrition.
Lead by example. If you follow a healthy diet, it is more likely your child will
- Avoid "fast foods." These foods are much more likely to have high fat
and added salt.
- Don't battle over eating. If your toddler isn't hungry, don't
panic. He will eat when he is. If he doesn't eat a meal, don't fill him up with
- Avoid bargaining. "If you eat this, you'll get a cookie."
treats, but avoid allowing them to become a mainstay of the diet. They should be "a treat."
Where can I find healthy recipes for my toddler?
Cooking for Kids on the Food Network
Betty Crocker editors. Betty Crocker's Kids Cook! Hoboken: Wiley, 2007.
Davis, Tina. Look and Cook: A Cookbook for Children. New York: Stewart, Tabori and
- Toddlers eat because they are hungry and it is fun. Eliminate either of these and an unnecessary battle between toddler and parents may ensue.
- Children less than 2 years of age have no restrictions on fat/cholesterol intake. Those
over 2 years of age should participate in the heart healthy diet that their parents (hopefully) follow. As such, parents should lead by example.
- Poor nutrition is brought upon by excessive sugar ingestion, foods high in fat/cholesterol, empty calories (for
example, high fructose corn syrup), trans fats, and excessive salt intake.
- Food protein allergy may be severe, moderate, or mild in manifestation.
Food allergies may be evaluated by either blood tests or scratch tests of the skin.
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