Confused about your toddlers diet? the following guide shows you how many servings of different food groups your toddler needs along with snacking suggestions. Remember this is just a guide – some kids will eat more or less depending on their individual needs. To estimate nutritional needs based your child’s activity and age see My Pyramid for Preschoolers.
Age: 2-3 years
Milk/dairy (cups) 2
Lean meat/beans (oz) 2
Fruits (cups) 1
Veggies (cups) 1
Oils (g) 14
Discretionary Calories: 154
Adapted from American Dietetic Association Position – 2-11 years old
Balanced, Snack Ideas:
-Whole wheat crackers with cheese
-Whole wheat pita with hummus
-Yogurt and fruit
-Veggies dipped in dip (ranch dressing or hummus)
-Cookies and milk
-Apple slices with peanut butter
-Dry roasted almonds with yogurt
-Fruit and yogurt smoothies
-Ice cream topped with berries
-Whole grain cereal and milk
-Whole grain bar with milk
-Banana with peanut butter
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Position of the American Dietetic Association: Nutrition Guidance for Healthy Children Ages 2 to 11 years. 2008.