Every meal should be a happy meal! From early on, kids begin to develop preferences for certain foods and dislikes for others. It is important for parents to understand that their children have different nutritional needs at each age based on their growth and development.
The nutritional benefits infants and toddlers receive play a decisive role in their physical and mental development. At the earliest stages of life, bodies need lots of calories, protein, fat and other nutrients. In particular the brain depends on sufficient fat intake for optimal growth.
By the age of 2, the fat content of a child’s diet should be limited. Leaner protein sources, like fish, chicken, low fat dairy and dried beans as well as a broad variety of vegetables, fruits and whole grains, should become staples with most meals. The nutritional quality of a child’s diet at the early developmental stages is extremely important.
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