Healthy Sample Meal Plan for Toddlers

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The toddler menu below meets all the requirements of the day. It comes in at 986 calories and all of the grains are whole grains. This comes in just under the 1,000 calories recommended for a toddler who is not very active. Making choices like this leaves a little room for discretionary calories.

You have around 165 calories to work with, so you could choose to add a teaspoon of honey to the morning toast for about 20 calories, sprinkle 1/4 cup cheddar cheese on the broccoli at lunch for 133 calories and add another veggie, like onions, to the stir-fry for 15 calories.

Sample Toddler Menu

If your toddler is active, you can add calories to reach a total of 1,400. In the menu below you could do this by increasing the amounts of milk and grains or by choosing some refined grains instead of whole grains.

BreakfastCaloriesRunning Requirements Tally
1/2 slice whole wheat toast641/2 ounce grains met
1 teaspoon butter311 teaspoon fats met
1/4 cup diced pears241/4 cup fruit met
1/2 cup whole milk731/2 cup milk met
Morning SnackCaloriesTally
5 whole wheat crackers891 1/2 ounce grains met
1/4 cup diced peaches181/2 cup fruit met
1 slice whole wheat bread1282 1/2 ounces grains met
1 slice Swiss cheese1601 1/2 cup milk met
1 slice ham371 ounce meat met
1 teaspoon butter312 teaspoons fats met
1/2 cup steamed broccoli271/2 cup vegetables met
Afternoon SnackCaloriesTally
1/4 cup ricotta cheese1072 cups milk met
1/4 cup crushed pineapple373/4 cup fruit met
1/2 cup green peppers and carrots for stir fry231 cup vegetables met
1 ounce chicken breast312 ounces meat met
1/4 cup brown rice543 ounces grains met
1 teaspoon canola oil403 teaspoons fats met
1/4 cup watermelon balls121 cup fruit met
Total986All Nutritional Requirements Met
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