Toddler’s Daily

Nutritional Requirements for Toddlers

The age group for infant to toddlers is 0-3 years of age and nutrition is extremely important. Below you’ll find nutritional information based on several trusted resources: kidshealth.org, healthychildren.org, and MyPlate by the USDA.

At this stage, your child will depend less on a bottle and more on solid foods and will be experiencing different tastes, smells, and textures. MyPlate recommends a variety foods and not just heaping helpings of one single food group.

For 2 year olds:

Grains: 3 ounces, half of those from whole grains

Example by MyPlate: One ounce equals: 1 slice of bread, 1 cup of ready-to-eat cereal, or ½ cup of cooked rice, cooked pasta, or cooked cereal.

Fruits: 1 cup

Example by MyPlate: Use measuring cups to check amounts. An 8- to 9-inch banana equals 1 cup.

Vegetables: 1 cup

Example by MyPlate: Use measuring cups to check amounts. Serve veggies that are soft, cut in small pieces, and well cooked to prevent choking.

Meat & Beans: 2 ounces

Example by MyPlate: One ounce equals: 1 ounce of meat, poultry or fish, ¼ cup cooked dry beans, or 1 egg. (1/4 of a deck of cards!)

Milk: 2 cups

Example by MyPlate: One cup equals: 1 cup of milk or yogurt, 1½ ounces of natural cheese, or 2 ounces of processed cheese.

For 3 year olds:

Grains: 3 ounces, half of those from whole grains

Example by MyPlate: One ounce equals: 1 slice of bread, 1 cup of ready-to-eat cereal, or ½ cup of cooked rice, cooked pasta, or cooked cereal.

Fruits: 1 cup

Example by MyPlate: Use measuring cups to check amounts. An 8- to 9-inch banana equals 1 cup.

Vegetables: 1 and 1/2 cup

Example by MyPlate: Use measuring cups to check amounts. Serve veggies that are soft, cut in small pieces, and well cooked to prevent choking.

Meat & Beans: 3-4 ounces

Example by MyPlate: One ounce equals: 1 ounce of meat, poultry or fish, ¼ cup cooked dry beans, or 1 egg. (1/4 of a deck of cards!)

Milk: 2 cups

Example by MyPlate: One cup equals: 1 cup of milk or yogurt, 1½ ounces of natural cheese, or 2 ounces of processed cheese.

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