Check out these 15 toddler super foods which are a must for a toddler to grow and develop into a healthy adult .These super foods are full of nutrients, vitamins and easy to serve and carry when you go out. If your toddler refuses to eat these wonderful, healthy and nutrient packed super foods, you might need to be little tricky while you offer them.
- Fruits: All varieties of fruits must be offered to a toddler. Let her pick her own favorites. Fruits contain several vitamins and minerals which aid to the growth and development of a child. It is more beneficial to eat fruits rather than taking juices or smoothies but if your toddler does not like fruits you may go for smoothies
- Nuts: High in protein, low in fat, without cholesterol are more than enough reasons that make nuts, super food for toddlers, and everyone else. A handful of nuts like peanuts, walnuts, almonds, pistachio, cashew nuts can be awesome snacks for your toddler
- Milk: It is an excellent source of calcium and proteins which play vital role in bone development but unfortunately most of the toddlers can go to any extent, not to drink it. You may offer other dairy products like paneer, cottage, cheese, and yogurt to your toddler. Shakes, frozen deserts are other tasty alternatives
- Honey: Honey is considered as good during cough problems or sore throats in toddlers. It can also be given to them as it contains several amino acids which are good for physical development
- Basil: Rich in antioxidants, proteins & calcium basil leaves are considered to have magical properties to get rid of cold and cough, headaches and minor ailments. Grind the leaves to make it superfine and sprinkle it on soups, pasta or any food where you find it easy to hide!
- Tomatoes: This delicious fruit cum vegetable is not only rich in vitamin C but is commonly available in our kitchen. Chances of denial for tomato are less as toddlers grow up tasting it in many recipes we prepare at home (tomato is very common in Indian kitchen)
- Blueberries: It helps to keep toddler’s mind sharp and are loaded with antioxidants. It may be served as toppings on smoothies or cakes
- Eggs: Rich in protein eggs can be very good breakfast option for your toddler. It provides lasting energy to keep them up till lunch time. It may be given in many ways
- Oatmeals: This healthy whole grain enhances immunity and is good source of fibers. It can be served in many ways; you need to discover how your child likes it
- Cinnamon: It is known to have properties which help to regulate blood sugar, provide relief in gas and an upset stomach. The best way to serve it is to sprinkle it on your toddler’s favorite oatmeal, popcorn, yogurt etc.
- Cocoa: This excellent source of magnesium improves blood flow and heart functions. It also helps to protect skin against sun rays. Cocoa can also be served after sprinkling it on pancakes, French toast or may be used as ingredient while baking cake
- Jaggery: It helps to enhance digestion. Jaggery is wonderful natural source of iron. Most recipes made of sugar but without milk can also be made using jaggery instead of sugar
- Dates: It is rich in calories and has no fat. It helps to prevent constipation .One whole date contains 1.6 grams of fibers. Offer these as snacks or mix chopped dates with yogurt or oatmeal
- Low fat Greek yogurt: It is considered as better than regular yogurt because it has less sugar and more protein. It also contains healthy bacteria that enhance immunity. Thus it should be included in your toddler’s diet
Black beans: Black beans are full of fibers, iron, folate and proteins. A cup of black bean servings per day supplies enough folate to the toddlers. Use them with fried rice, cutlet (after boiling and grinding ) or while making stuffed paranthas
All these super foods must be tried on regular basis to make your toddler familiar of these. Remember if you include all these in your diet you might not need to struggle a lot to make your toddler eat them!