Toddlers need more food for energy than their tiny tummies can manage at meal times.
Ideally, toddlers will need to refuel every 3 hours to ensure that they are getting enough energy to keep them growing and going. Snacks planned into their daily routine will help to keep them topped up and happy between meals.
Once your little one has reached their first birthday (a great excuse for a party!), they hit some big milestones – moving from crawling to walking, and starting to talk. They experience new things every day, and start to develop their own personalities and some independence.
They need lots of energy to support them as they grow.
Slow release energy = Good energy
Kiddylicious vegetable protein-based snacks
made with lentils, chickpeas and quinoa
can help provide long lasting energy
to keep children topped up and full
until the next mealtime. This is because
protein is one of the most ‘satiating’
nutrients – meaning it keeps you fuller for longer.
|Time||Food||Daily energy contribution|
|7.00am||Breakfast (including milk)||20%|
|2.00pm||Snack and/or milk||10%|
|6.00pm||Milk before bed (brush teeth after!)||10%|
Sticking to a routine including snacks can help to keep mini meltdowns at bay.
Hungry toddlers can be irritable, grumpy, tired or whiny, not nice for the grown-ups and certainly not nice for them. But it’s important for toddlers to learn when to expect food. Allowing children to graze on snacks between meals can override their natural hunger and fullness cues.
Learning to love veg
Around the age of 2, kids are not so willing to accept new foods. Infants and toddlers are born with a natural preference for sweet foods, so they usually don’t need help enjoying fruit based snacks but it's good to introduce a variety of vegetable based snacks and flavours from an early stage which will increase a toddler’s familiarity with savoury tastes and encourage a liking for them too.
Toddlers need almost twice as many calories, per kg of body weight, as an adult
From 12 months toddlers need around 1000 – 1400 calories a day to give them enough energy to try all their new-found skills like climbing. Food and snacks made with ‘good’ energy will keep them topped up for longer