Mealtime musts for small eaters

If your toddler has a small appetite, focus on these nutritious foods.

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Many children have small appetites or go through phases of eating what seems like a miniscule amount of food.

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If you are worried about the amount your toddler eats, you need to make sure that whatever does go in is giving an extra boost to his calorie and vitamin intake.

Try the following extra-value foods:

FORTIFIED BREAKFAST CEREALS:

Contain iron, vitamins B1 and B2 and fibre.

FRUIT:

Washed, peeled and cut up. Banana is rich in vitamin B6, dried apricots are rich in iron, and strawberries are a great source of vitamin C.

VEGETABLES:

Raw peppers and cooked broccoli are both rich in vitamin C. If she won’t eat them, purée them into a tomato sauce.

DAIRY:

Milk, cheese and yoghurt are full of calcium. Cottage cheese is rich in protein.

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BAKED BEANS:

Are a really good source of protein, calcium, iron and fibre.

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