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 Daily Food Guide for Toddlers

  Last Updated : May 04,2018






Daily Food Guide for Toddlers

The best indicator that your toddler is getting adequate nourishment is her regular weight gain, growth, general appearance and contentment.

Thinking of which foods are healthier for your baby will be much easier for you by now, as you will be an expert on which foods your child is best able to cope with. All the foods groups, viz. cereals, pulses, fruits, vegetables and milk are equally important and are extremely healthy for your child.

An adequate amount of these food groups will ensure a healthy growing child. Very few of us really know the intake required by our little toddlers. The daily food guide that follows will help you to know the right amount of food for your child.

Daily Food Guide for Toddlers

FOOD GROUPS Number of servings per day What makes 1 serving Suggested Recipes
Cereals and their flours
Whole wheat, unpolished rice, jowar, bajra, ragi (nachni), bulgur wheat (dalia)
5 to 6 servings 2 phulkas (30 gm)*
or
1 chapati (25 gm)*
or
1/2 cup cooked cereals or whole wheat pasta (60 to 80gm)*
Mini Bajra and Oats Uttapa,

Multigrain Palak Paneer Roti
PULSES
Whole
Moong, lobhia beans, rajma, chick peas (kabuli chana),etc.
Sprouts
Moong, rajma, matki etc.
Dal
Moong dal, toovar (arhar) dal, masoor dal, chana dal, urad dal etc.
Flours
Moong dal flour, chana dal flour (besan) etc.
1 to 2 servings 1/ 4 cup raw whole pulses (35 to 40 gm)
or
1/2 cup cooked whole pulses (70 to 80 gm) *
or
1/2 cup of raw or cooked dals (70 to 80 gm) *
or
1/2 cup of flours (40 to 60 gm) *
Rajma Salad,

Moong Sprouts Dosa,

Sprouts Khichdi,

Mini Mixed Moong Dal Chila
VEGETABLES
Carrot, beetroot, cucumber, brinjal, French beans, cluster beans (gavarfali), cauliflower florets etc.
Leafy Vegetables
Spinach (palak), fenugreek (methi), lettuce, radish leaves, coriander, cow pea (chawli) leaves, colocasia, cabbage etc.
2 to 3 servings 1/2 cup raw vegetables (50 to 70 gm)*
or
1/2 cup cooked vegetables (50 to 70 gm)*
or
1 cup raw leafy vegetables (15 gm of vegetables like mint, coriander, fenugreek and 40 to 60 gm of other leafy vegetables ) *
or
1/2 cup cooked leafy vegetables (15 gm of vegetables like mint, coriander, fenugreek and 40 to 60 gm of other leafy vegetables ) *
Paneer and Vegetable Paratha,

Beetroot and Carrot Raita,

Dal and Vegetable Soup,

Cheesy Corn and Vegetable Cutlets
FRUITS
Pineapple, sweet lime, orange, guava, watermelon, mango, apple etc.
Dried fruits Almonds, cashewnuts, walnuts, sesame seeds (til), peanuts, dates, figs, apricots etc.
2 servings 1/2 cup chopped fruits (50 to 60 gm) *
or
1 big piece of fruit e.g. melon wedge (100 to 130gm) *
or
1/4 cup dried fruits. (20 to 30gm) *
Fruity Chana Salad
DAIRY PRODUCTS
Milk, curd, paneer
2 servings 1 cup milk (200 ml) *
or
1 cup curds (200 ml) *
or
1/4 cup chopped paneer (35gm) *
or
1/4 cup grated cheese (35gm) *
Multigrain Palak Paneer Roti,

Paneer and Vegetable Paratha,

Chickoo Milkshake
FATS AND SUGAR
Ghee, oil, butter, sugar and jaggery
** Although there is no specific recommendation for this group, approximately 2 tablespoons of fat and Sugar can be consumed as per your paediatricians advice. ----

* The weights of all the foods mentioned in the above table are approximate values.
** Fats should be consumed in moderation as some foods like walnuts, sesame seeds and even cereals contain invisible fats which are also a part of our diet. Excessive fat can disturb the absorption of important nutrients like calcium in your little one's body, apart from increasing the risk of obesity later in life.

Other related articles on this :
Major Nutrients needs for Infants and Toddlers
Recommended Daily Allowance for Infants and Toddlers
Guide to Weaning
Best food for feeding Mothers to get more milk
When and how much to feed your Baby
Components of Breast Milk
Recipes for Baby (10 to 12 Months)

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Daily Food Guide For Toddlers

‘Mini’ is the best format to serve your child, as it is easy for her to handle all by herself! But the best part is that this recipe is mini only in size, but maxi in nutrient value, all thanks to carefully chosen ingredients like iron-rich bajra and fibre-rich oats. Grated carrot improves the texture, adds a mild sweetness and a lot of vitamins too, to the Mini Bajra and Oats Uttapa. While this recipe requires a long soaking time, it does not need to be fermented, so you can soak the bajra overnight and prepare the uttapa for your baby’s breakfast, for a power-packed start to the day.
The Multigrain Palak Paneer Roti is a delicious way to introduce your baby to other cereals like jowar and bajra, in flour form. These flours are richer than wheat flour in fibre as well as in iron and folic acid, which are essential to build up haemoglobin stores. This experimentation is essential because the greater the variety of foods babies are introduced to during the first year, the more likely they are to accept newer tastes as adults. Apart from the goodness of these cereals, this roti also provides essential nutrients from palak and paneer.
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This is probably an adventurous salad for toddlers, but children these days enjoy eating chat-pata food even at this age. So, they will love the combination of crunchy, juicy, tangy veggies with cooked rajma, with a dash of lemon and spice. Never use chopped chillies at this age. Lemon and jeera powder are sufficient to safely impart a fascinating flavour to the Rajma Salad. This protein and calcium rich salad can also be taken along when you go on an outing, so that the child has something tasty and satiating to munch on
I am sure your little one will relish this stuffed Moong Sprouts Dosa, as it has a lovely flavour and interesting texture too. The stuffing is an ideal way of introducing a combination of vegetables to your child's meal. The vegetables not only serve as an important source of nutrients like calcium, iron, vitamin A and fibre, but also give a feeling of fullness and satiate your child for longer periods of time. Moreover, we have made this innovative recipe with moong sprouts instead of soaked moong because sprouts are easier to digest and also sprouting increases the nutritive value of pulses.
 
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A fast-growing baby needs super-foods like this to keep her charged! This yummy khichdi made with mixed sprouts has a hint of subtle spices like onions and garlic. If your baby enjoys this, it will ensure that meal times are splatter-free, more enjoyable and more satisfying for both of you. While the child will enjoy the textures and flavours in the dish, you will bask in the happiness of having fed her a nutritious meal! Fresh curd makes a perfect accompaniment for the Sprouts Khichdi.
This recipe is a perfect example that children are capable of eating the same dishes you eat – just that you need to tweak them a bit to make them baby-friendly. In fact, you need to introduce them to dishes that are part of your routine meal, rather than keep cooking their comfort foods, so that it becomes easy for them to slide into your way of life. Here, for example, we have made the ever-popular Gujarati dish chila, in a mini-format, with a mix of protein rich dals. Once you have soaked the dals, this Mini Mixed Moong Dal Chila is also easy and quick to make. Make them bite-sized, so your child can enjoy eating it herself.
Parathas make terrific toddler food since they can usually be enjoyed without parental supervision. Most babies will often hold onto a piece and nibble away while they're busy doing their own thing. It is also a superb option for moms to hide varied ingredients inside the dough! Here, for example, the paratha uses a crunchy, tasty and nutritious filling of mixed vegetables held together with paneer and mashed green peas. A small amount of coriander adds a herby taste and more nutrients too. Babies will surely enjoy this Paneer and Vegetable Paratha as a snack or as a full meal with curd or raita.
Well, your baby is getting older and it is time to think of planning meals with a main dish and an accompaniment too! You could, for example, serve parathas and pulaos with this colourful and tasty raita made of nutritious carrot and beetroot, combined with curds and seasoned with jeera powder, which is sure to tickle the little one’s taste buds! The Beetroot and Carrot Raita is so tasty, babies will also enjoy having it just by itself, so you can use it as a between-meal snack to catch up on your baby’s fibre, protein, calcium and vitamin A requirements.
This colourful soup is a good way to combine dal and vegetables, giving your little one the combined benefits of protein from dal and iron, folic acid, vitamin A and fibre from vegetables. Since this soup uses naturally flavourful veggies, you do not need any spices in this soup. Plus, the unique garnish of crumbled paneer adds to the taste and nutrition content of this Dal and Vegetable Soup. Serve it lukewarm with whole wheat bread sticks and watch your baby dip them into the soup and munch them with relish.
These mouth-watering and colourful cutlets are a great way to lure your kids into having a whole lot of nutritious ingredients! Grate the vegetables finely so that it is easy for your child to consume, and to make it all the more attractive you can roll the cutlets in fancy shapes and sizes. Serve these vitamin A, calcium and protein laden Cheesy Corn and Vegetable Cutlets immediately or use it to make a burger or Frankie with it.
Salads have great nutritive value and should be a part of your baby's meals. While most little ones are not enthusiastic about salads, if you include a few of their preferred ingredients, they won't even notice they're eating a salad. You can add any fruits your baby likes to supplement their diet with vitamins and minerals. Kabuli chana will supplement their diet with protein and some calcium as well.
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Chickoo is a very baby-friendly fruit because of its natural sweetness, mild flavour and easy to swallow texture. Children are therefore sure to relish this tasty Chickoo Milkshake that combines the goodness and yummy taste of chickoo with the calcium and protein of milk. It is important to remember to remove the pith carefully and to peel off a nice thick layer of the skin, as these portions may hinder your baby's digestion. You can also boil and cool the milk in advance, so that you get a nice, mildly-cold milkshake to serve to your baby
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