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Sample Menus For My Toddler 12 to 24 months


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Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first 6 months of life. Continue to breastfeed on demand up to two years and beyond.

How much should my toddler eat?

  • There are no recommended number of servings for toddlers under 24 months
  • Offer a variety of foods from each food group in Canada’s Food Guide every day
  • Eat as a family as much as possible, free from distractions like toys, the TV, and other electronics.
  • Trust your toddler’s tummy! It’s the parent’s job to decide what food is offered, where and when. It’s your child’s job to decide what foods to eat and how much.
  • Never force, bribe or pressure your child to eat.
  • Use the following chart as a guide on how much to offer

Food Group

Suggested Serving Size

Vegetables and Fruit
Offer a variety of colours –
especially green and orange
  • ¼ – ½ medium vegetable or fruit
  • 15 – 60 mL (1- 4 tbsp) cooked vegetables or fruit, or grated or chopped raw vegetables or fruit
  • 30-60 mL (1 – 2 oz) 100% juice
Grain Products
Offer whole grains
  • ¼ – ½ slice bread
  • 1/8 – ¼ bagel, pita or tortilla
  • 30 – 100 mL (2 tbsp – ½ cup) cooked cereal
  • 15 – 60 mL (1 -4 tbsp) cooked pasta, rice or couscous
Milk and Alternatives
Offer 500 mL (16 oz) of homo
milk each day
  • 60 – 125 mL (¼ – ½ cup or 2- 4 oz) homo (3.25%) milk or breastmilk
  • ½ – 1 oz cheese
  • 30 -100g (2 tbsp – ½ cup yogurt)
Meat and Alternatives
Offer fish at least twice a week.
Offer alternatives like beans,
lentils and tofu often
  • 1 – 4 tbsp (¼ – 1 ¼ oz) cooked fish, poultry or meat
  • 1 tbsp – ½ cup tofu, cooked beans or lentils
  • ¼ – 1 egg
  • 1 tsp – 1 tbsp peanut butter or other nut butters

Sample Menus

  • These menus give an example of how to put together nutritionally balanced meals
  • Offer at least three out of the four food groups at every meal and two out of the four food groups at every snack
  • Meals and snacks should be scheduled regularly throughout the day.
  • Offer water between meals. Milk or juice between meals can decrease your toddler’s appetite.

Food Group

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Scrambled egg
Whole grain English Muffin with margarine
Milk in a cup or breastmilk
Whole grain toast with thinly spread peanut butter
Banana slices
Milk in a cup or breastmilk
Milk in a cup or breastmilk
Morning Snack
Canned peaches
Whole grain cereal
Grapes cut in quarters
Whole grain crackers
Cheese cubes
Vegetable soup
Grilled cheese sandwich
Milk in a cup or breastmilk
Baked salmon
Cooked rice
Cooked broccoli
Sliced peaches
Milk in a cup or breastmilk
Vegetarian chilli with beans and cheese
Whole grain bun
Milk in a cup or breastmilk
Afternoon Snack
Pear slices
Cottage cheese
Tomato slices
Cheese cubes
Cooked chicken
Baked sweet potato
Whole wheat bread with margarine
Milk in a cup or breastmilk
Bean salad
Whole grain crackers
Cooked green beans
Milk in a cup or breastmilk
Pasta with tomato and meat sauce
Milk in a cup or breastmilk
Evening Snack
Fruit salad
Milk in a cup or breastmilk
Hard boiled egg
Ripe melon pieces
Milk in a cup or breastmilk
Homemade mini muffin
Milk in a cup or breastmilk

Where Can I Find More Information?

Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit –
Eat Right Ontario –
Speak with a Registered Dietitian for free by calling 1-877-510-5102

Adapted from: Eat Right Be Active, 2009, Nutrition Resource Centre. Updated August 2016

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