Before moving on to explore the Indian Toddler Food Chart, let’s address the need for such a chart.
Toddlers are not small adults and have unique dietary requirements. Many moms face challenges with their toddlers being fussy eaters and struggling to eat well. Providing variety and new flavors is essential to keep them interested in food. The Indian Toddler Food Chart, along with its recipes, offers different options to address this issue. As babies cross the first year mark, they can consume most foods that adults eat, with a few exceptions. However, it’s important to avoid spicy, salty, deep-fried snacks, and junk foods. A well-designed food chart helps moms provide a balanced diet with appropriate portions, preventing the mistake of overfeeding. By following the chart, toddlers can develop healthy eating habits without developing aversions to food.
Indian Food Chart for Toddlers
This Indian toddler food chart gives you options for breakfast, midmorning snacks, lunch, evening snacks and dinner.
You can feed your toddler the regular milk what he takes daily in the morning around 100 to 200 ml when he wakes up. If your toddler is allergic to milk products, you can substitute it with a whole fruit or Soya Milk or Almond Milk.
It is better to give commercial health drinks like horlicks, pediasure after 2 years.
In the evenings, if your toddler needs milk then the same volume 100 – 150 ml can be given. For more comprehensive meal ideas and guidance, please refer to the Indian Toddler Food Chart.
A toddler would require atleast 5 cups of water daily or according to his thirst. This includes the milk, juices and other fluids consumed by the toddler. Check this article to know about Water Intake for Toddlers
Few things to remember
1. The chart is meant as a guide, it is ok if you can’t follow it every day.
2. You can mix and match the recipes for the whole month according to your toddlers likes and dislikes.
|Breakfast||Mid Morning snacks||Lunch||Evening snack||Dinner|
|Monday||Moong dal Sprouts Cheela||Chickoo milkshake||Masala Khichdi||Shahi Tukda||Idli Tadka|
|Tuesday||Suji Veg Upma||Veg soup||Fried Rice||Milk 150 ml||Carrot Cheese paratha|
|Wednesday||Wheat Pancake||Apple Fingers||Palak Khichdi||Bread upma||Steamed Dosa|
|Thursday||Aloo Matar Paratha||Smoothie||Egg Rice / Veg Pulao||Milk 150 ml||Vermicilli Pulao|
|Friday||French toast/ Suji Toast||Egg Bhurji/ Veg Fingers||Veg Khichdi||Suji paneer Cutlets||Ragi Dosa|
|Saturday||Rava Idli||Oats Cookies||Jeera Pulao||Milk 150 ml||Besan ka Paratha|
|Sunday||Vegetable Pasta||Veg muffins/ Chicken||Carrot rice||Beetroot Rolls||Oats Pancake|
Breakfast recipes for Toddlers
2. Suji Veg Upma (This link is from another site, please follow the recipe with less salt, will post the recipe soon in MLM)
4. Suji Toast
5. Rava Idli
Lunch Recipes for Toddlers
3. Fried Rice
4. Egg Rice
5. Carrot Rice.
Dinner Recipes for Toddlers
1. Steamed Dosa
3. Idli Tadka
6. Oats pancake
While snacks is not mandatory, it is better to feed the toddler something every 2 hours, it need not be elaborate snacks like beetroot rolls or spring rolls, just a simple whole fruit like apple would do.
Hope this chart was useful, do leave a comment below for any queries or doubts.
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