Variety is the spice of life and ensuring your little one’s diet has a wide range of healthy foods is an essential part of their growth and development. Here are a few stand-out foods that really have the ‘X’ factor. They’re convenient, inexpensive, versatile and rich in important nutrients.
Eggs are nature’s little vitamin capsules, packed with 10 vitamins and minerals, omega-3 fats and the highest-quality protein.
SERVINGS: One egg equals one serve and experts recommend having up to six eggs a week.
HOW TO SERVE: Keep half a dozen hard-boiled eggs in the fridge for snacks on the run.
Yoghurt with chopped fruit
Yoghurt is an excellent source of protein and provides a highly absorbable form of calcium for strong teeth and bones. Plain or no-added-sugar varieties are best to reduce unnecessary sugar intake.
SERVINGS: Toddler servings of yoghurt are between 100 and 200g, which can make up one to two of their daily dairy serves.
HOW TO SERVE: Use yoghurt as a sweet sauce mixed with honey and drizzled over chopped fruit, or add it to baked goods such as muffins and breads.
Avocado with veggie sticks or crackers
One of the most nutrient-dense foods, avocados are high in fibre, folate, potassium, vitamin E and magnesium.
SERVINGS: One toddler-friendly serve of avocado is equal to two tablespoons and littlies can enjoy two servings a day.
HOW TO SERVE: Smash an avocado and mix it with lemon juice and cream cheese to make a great dip for crackers or blanched vegie sticks.
Hummus with carrot sticks
Made from chickpeas, lemon, garlic and healthy oil, hummus is high in protein, fibre and iron. It’s a good alternative if your little one is refusing to eat meat, chicken and fish, and a nice first food for bub that is also low in salt.
SERVINGS: Toddlers can munch on one serve of this tasty snack every day, which is equivalent to two to four tablespoons.
HOW TO SERVE: Hummus can be eaten straight from the tub with carrot sticks.
A fruity smoothie is a clever and delicious way to get more nutrients into fun food for your little one. Using 100% grass fed milk ensures your smoothie is flowing with Vitamins A, E, and CLA and has an ideal balance of essential fatty acids for growing toddlers.
SERVINGS: Toddler servings of dairy are two cups per day, which can be split between different meals.
HOW TO SERVE: Blend together 3 scoops of Munchkin Grass Fed Milk Based Toddler Drink, 150ml cold water, 1/2 frozen banana and a squeeze of honey or rice malt syrup to make the smoothie.