Fruits and Vegetables
Multicolored plates of fruit or vegetables may also help to tempt him. Banana, kiwi fruit, blueberries and strawberries work well as a mini fruit platter. Or you could use red pepper, sweet corn, broccoli and cauliflower to make a colorful vegetable medley.
Milk is still a good source of calcium for your toddler, but he doesn’t need as much as he did when he was a baby. Aim to give him about 350ml (two thirds of a pint) to 500ml (a pint) of milk a day. It’s best not to offer more than this as it may reduce his appetite for other foods.
Iron and Protein rich foods
Toddlers can choke on whole nuts, so try grinding them up and mixing them into his meal. Make sure that any meat products you buy are high-quality, and are made of lean meat with little or no added salt. Keep these foods interesting by experimenting with marinades for meat, and making your own mild curries, lentil dhal or hummus.
Foods made from flour, such as crackers and bread, are also starchy foods. Offer a combination of both white and whole grain foods, or choose half-and-half varieties. Your toddler may like white bread but only eat whole meal toast. Or he may tuck into whole grain cereals, such as porridge, but only eat white pasta.
Nutrition for kids during puberty Iron is important for all kids going through puberty, but it is especially important for girls. Girls who begin to go through menstruation are “susceptible to anemia and iron deficiency,” so lean meats should be a regular part of their diet. King lists raisins as a good source for iron and notes that "beans, spinach and eggs are some really good sources of iron, specifically for menstruating females.”
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