When it comes to our child’s eating, we parent always want to give them full nutrition for their overall development but at this age, many children are fussy eaters they are more interested in what the world has in store for them.
So, we need to give our toddler a variety in terms of colors, shape, size, and taste and he/ she will make mealtimes enjoyable for both we and him/her. As the baby turns one, he can eat everything that an adult eats except without chilies and salty foods. Avoid deep-fried snacks and junk foods
Toddlers are not small adults they can’t eat or finish up the equivalent portion as an adult does. This is where most of the moms go wrong, they think that their baby is a big boy or girl and try to stuff them with food and eventually, the toddler starts to hate eating food When it comes to Kids, you should not follow the 3-meal pattern like us adults. He/she is most likely to reject this full 3 meal pattern and stay hungry. A toddler has very little stomach capacity and he/ she cannot take 3 big meals a day. He/ she will typically need 5 small meals a day to fulfill his/ her body’s energy requirements. The best part about feeding your kid frequently is that you don’t need to worry much about his quantity of intake.
How to plan a menu for Diet of Indian Toddlers
While planning a diet menu for toddlers we should keep in mind that following things should be included in your toddler diet every day like Dals & Pulses, vegetables, fruits, milk & milk products, Eggs & meat (after1.5 yrs), cereals and sugar & fats.
so, you have to make a menu in this way that in a whole day your toddler should eat one or two items from each category to get full nutrition.
You should also see that your child should have proper liquid intake in the form of water, milk, juice, or any other liquid so that food gets digested easily. 1 to 3.5 years child should have around 1.5 ltr fluid intake.
Diet plan for Indian toddler
Breakfast (8 AM to 9 AM)
Give breakfast between 8 am to 9 am, try to give something heavy because its around 10 to 11 hours since he last ate last night. You can choose any 1 from the below-mentioned options.
- · Rawa kheer / Ragi kheer / Vermicelli Kheer
- · Rawa Obama with finely chopped vegetables.
- · Mung dal chilla with chutney or honey.
- · dosa or Idli with sambar
- · Dalia with milk.
- · Stuffed paratha with curd or honey.
Mid-morning snacks (11 AM to 11:30 AM)
After 2 to 3 hours he/she feels a little hungry so before lunch, you can give him/her 2-4 slices of apple, orange, watermelon, musk melon, pomegranate, Papaya, cucumber, carrot or any other fruit. You can also give 2 wheat-based biscuits, dry fruits like makhana, etc which should be light so that till lunch he/she should not feel hungry.
Lunch (12 PM to 1 PM)
In lunch, you can give your toddler a kind of Indian thali but in a small amount or as per his/her hunger. You can choose any 1 from the below-mentioned options.
- Dal + Rice or Sambar + Rice or Vegetable Pulav or Kadhi + Rice / Lemon flavored Rice
- Vegetable Khichadi
- Daliya upama (soup consistency)
- Soft cooked chapati with Bottle gourd, Palak, Potato, or any other Vegetable.
Evening snacks (4 PM to 5 PM)
In evening snacks, you can give any 1 from the below-mentioned options
- Fruit smoothie with almond or walnut (at room temperature)
- Hot milk with 4 Biscuits
- Aata Laddu or besan laddu– 2 smalls
- Sliced / Boiled veggies like Carrot, Broccoli.
- Vegetable soups
Dinner (7 PM to 8 PM)
Always try that your toddler should have dinner 2 or 3 hours before going to bed so that food gets digested easily otherwise, he/she may feel uneasy during sleep.
For dinner, you can give any suitable option from Breakfast or Lunch Menu.
In the morning just after waking up and in the night before going to bed if your toddler wants to drink milk then you can give 1 cup of milk to them every day.