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Sample Menus For My Toddler

12 to 24 months

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.
  • Use the following chart as a guide on how much to offer.
  • Eat as a family as much as possible.
  • Always let your child decide how much to eat. Never force, pressure or bribe your child to eat.
  • Continue to breastfeed on demand until two years and beyond.
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

If you are not breastfeeding, offer 500 mL (16 oz) of homo milk each day

  • 60 – 125 mL (¼ – ½ cup or 2- 4 oz) homo (3.25%) milk
  • 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 only water or breastmilk in between.
Day One Day Two Day Three
Breakfast
  • Scrambled egg
  • Whole grain English Muffin with margarine
  • Milk
  • Whole grain toast with thinly spread peanut butter
  • Banana slices
  • Milk
  • Oatmeal
  • Applesauce
  • Milk
Snack
  • Canned peaches
  • Yogurt
  • Dry cereal
  • Grapes cut in quarters
  • Crackers
  • Cheese
  • Cucumber slices
Lunch
  • Vegetable soup
  • Grilled cheese sandwich
  • Milk
  • Baked salmon
  • Cooked rice
  • Cooked broccoli
  • Sliced peaches
  • Milk
  • Vegetarian chilli with beans and cheese
  • Whole grain bun
  • Milk
Afternoon Snack
  • Pear slices
  • Cottage cheese
  • Tomato slices
  • Cheese cubes
  • Cantaloupe
  • Yogurt
Dinner
  • Cooked chicken
  • Baked sweet potato
  • Bread with margarine
  • Peas
  • Milk
  • Bean salad
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Cooked green beans
  • Milk
  • Pasta with tomato and meat sauce
  • Strawberries
  • Milk
Evening Snack
  • Fruit salad
  • Milk
  • Hard boiled egg
  • Milk
  • Orange
  • Milk

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