If your toddler is a picky eater, it may not be easy to get her to eat particular foods. Protein — found in meat, eggs, nuts and seeds, among other food sources — is crucial for your toddle’s growth, tissue repair and immune system. Healthy toddlers between the ages 1 and 3 need 0.55 grams of protein per pound of body weight daily, according to Baylor College of Medicine. Fortunately, there are several ways -rich meals that your toddler can love. Unfortunately, pulling our your steak knives and making them eat a big protein rich piece of chicken or steak just isn’t feasible.
1) If she will not eat meat, try feeding her cheese, yogurt or milk in small portions. The typical toddler requires the equivalent of 2 cups of milk daily.
2) Because chicken nuggets that are packaged often contain added sugars and additives, they are not the most healthful protein alternative — but children frequently adore nuggets. Instead, cut chicken breast to look like chicken nuggets by rolling them in then baking it, and breading. By cutting it into small pieces disguise fish like tuna and blend it with your toddles’ favourite food including macaroni and cheese made with whole wheat pasta and cheddar cheese. Give your toddler the equivalent of two to three oz of meat.
3) Add nuts, vegetables and seeds to your toddlers’ diet. If chosen correctly vegetables can supply as much protein as meat and dairy farm. Most servings of vegetables include 1 to 3 grams of protein, based on the Kids’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine. Your toddler may reject vegetables because of their look or taste, so use flavorings and seasoning to mask it. Alternatively, sneak in finely cut portions of vegetables, like carrots or lentils, into your toddlers’ favorite meals. If your toddler does not like eating nuts, prepare peanut butter sandwiches — two tablespoons of peanut butter offers 6 to 8 grams of protein.
Toddles typically need between 1,000 to 1,400 calories daily, depending on their size, activity level and age, according to KidsHealth.org.
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Warning Peanut butter allergies are pretty common, check with your family doctor before serving your kid any peanut products.