Foods to avoid and limit for toddlers

In the First 1000 Days, you have the opportunity to make healthy choices for your toddler which will improve their eating habits and health for life. Although they may be growing fast and becoming little people, remember they are not mini adults! So there are still some foods that you should limit in their diet.

Toddler – Pitta Pizza

“A great dish to get the kids involved with the meal when they are big enough to add their own toppings”

– Michelle Skelly, Clinical Dietician, Laois

Who would have thought a pizza could be both tasty and nutritious! This is a great finger food for toddlers.

Serves 2

Toddler – Sun dried Tomato Frittata

“This is so easy to make and serve and a great way to include well cooked egg which is a cheap, nourishing food for everyone. The natural sweetness of the tomato combined with the savoury herbs and cheese make it a choice that ’s full of natural goodness for your toddler to enjoy”.

– Ruth Charles, Paediatric Dietitian, Westmeath

A twist on your average egg dish, packed with vitamin D and Calcium which are important for your toddler’s rapidly growing bones.

Serves 4

Baby – Chicken & Vegetable Soup with Barley

“One of the very first soups I cooked with my mother Vera. This is full of goodness and nutrition and, as they say in Cavan, there is eating and drinking in it! I make it for the twins but I replace the barley with Orzo which is a rice shaped pasta and they love it.”

Neven Maguire, Chef and Father

Tip! Once your baby is taking soft finger foods you can cut up small soldiers of brown bread for them to eat with their soup.


Toddler – Ragu Sauce

“This recipe is the the real McCoy and definitely doesn’t use any of those readymade pasta sauces. It’s just so versatile, soft and tender that it is worth the two hours cooking time – trust me it’s worth it!”

– Neven Maguire, Chef and Father

This dish is a perfect stand-by for converting into dishes such as moussaka, cannelloni, chilli con carne, lasagne, cottage pie and as a filling for pancakes and jacket potatoes.

Serves 10