NUTRITION

It is crucial that your child’s diet consist of the proper nutrition to support optimal health and development.

Although energy demands vary according to growth rate, body size and physical activity, the average caloric intake of a toddler or preschool child ranges from 1,300 to 1,700 kcal/day.

The diet of a toddler or preschool child should contain the following three aspects:

1.    Variety
The diet should comprise different textures, tastes, smells and colours to broaden a child’s nutritional intake and eating experience.

2.    Balance
A healthy balance of complex carbohydrates, lean proteins and essential fats.

3.    Moderation
Indulging in sweets, ice cream and other white sugar and refined flour foods only on occasion. Fast food options such as fried foods and those high in saturated fat and trans fatty acids should be kept to a minimum.