As toddlers start making their own food choices and taste preferences, navigating meal times and snacks can become more challenging. Use Earth's Best resources to ensure that your toddlers receive the nutrition they need while getting some of the foods they want.
Toddlers need at least 1,000 calories a day to meet nutritional needs for growth and energy. The best way to provide these much-needed calories is to schedule three meals and two snacks a day.
Download the Sesame Street Toddler Nutrition Brochure as a PDF.
For necessary calories and
nutrients each day serve:
- Milk or other calcium-rich food: yogurt, cottage cheese, tofu, green leafy vegetables. (2-4 servings)
- Cereal, bread, rice, pasta, noodles (4 or more servings about 1/3 of an adult-sized portion)
- Vitamin C-rich juice (4 oz. daily)
- Vegetables: raw or cooked (2 or more servings)
- Fruit (2 or more servings) — offer at least one citrus fruit daily
- Meat, fish, poultry, eggs, nut butters, beans, tofu (2 servings daily, each portion at least 1/2 oz.)
Specific Nutrients Needs of Toddlers:
- Iron: Needed to supply a growing blood volume and for proper brain development.
- Fat: Needed for calories, for absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, and for brain and visual development.
- Zinc: Needed for the metabolic processes of cell division and growth.
- Calcium: More than half of kids get less than the recommended amount.