Getting the right nutrition during the toddler years can really influence your little one’s brain development - not just now, but for their whole life. And with our easy to follow articles on toddler nutrition, recommended portion sizes, tips for fussy eaters and our handy toddler food pyramid, toddler nutrition can be a doddle!
“This creamy, nourishing risotto goes down a treat with my own children”
– Niamh Brannelly, Dietitian, Danone Baby Nutrition
You can add variety to this recipe by swapping chicken with fish such as salmon or cod.
“Cool and soothing for teething gums and my kids still love it for a summer treat”
Cara Cunningham, Senior Community Dietician, Westmeath
Tip! Why not change things up by using different flavoured fromage frais and different types of fruit?
“We all know how difficult it can be to get kids to eat their fruit and veg. My advice: If you can’t make them eat, make them drink it!”
– Paula Mee, Dietician, Dublin
Double up on the recipe to make enough for the whole family. Keep in a jug in the fridge and serve cold — delish on a summer’s afternoon!
At this stage your toddler should be having 3 meals and 2-3 healthy snacks per day. Healthy snacks are an important part of your toddler’s diet and can build on their nutrient intake for the day. Improving eating habits now will improve their habits as children and adults. Make sure to have a supply of healthy, low sugar and low salt snacks around the house so as not to resort to processed convenience snacks.
In the First 1000 Days, reducing your toddler’s salt intake will benefit their blood pressure in adulthood.