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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

Breakfast 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
Oatmeal
Applesauce
Milk in a cup or breastmilk
Morning Snack Canned peaches
Yogurt
Water
Whole grain cereal
Grapes cut in quarters
Water
Whole grain crackers
Cheese cubes
Water
Lunch 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
Water
Tomato slices
Cheese cubes
Water
Cantaloupe
Yogurt
Water
Dinner Cooked chicken
Baked sweet potato
Whole wheat bread with margarine
Peas
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
Strawberries
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
Blueberries
Homemade mini muffin
Milk in a cup or breastmilk

Where Can I Find More Information?

Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit – www.hnhu.org
Eat Right Ontario – www.eatrightontario.ca
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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