A Fruit Idea For Your Toddler
A child between the ages of 1-3 years needs 2-3 servings of fruit per day. A fruit serving for a toddler is smaller than an adult serving. One serving for a toddler would be ¼ cup cooked or canned fruit, ½ piece of fresh fruit, or 2-4 ounces (60-120 ml) juice. It is best to avoid or limit fruit juices as they do not contain fiber. Toddlers need fiber to keep their bowel movements easy to pass and prevent constipation. It is generally recommended to not offer strawberries, raspberries, blackberries or kiwi fruit until after 15 months of age due to allergy risk.
We all know that fruit is good for us. They are vitamin rich, full of fiber, and are among the highest food sources of phytochemicals which help protect the body from heart disease and cancer, boost immunity and help fight against harmful bacteria and viruses. So you can imagine my disappointment in having trouble with getting my toddler to eat his fruit. Unlike most children, he has always preferred vegetables over fruit. I was so happy to come across this recipe sent to me from a friend. It is a homemade cereal bar option, each serving of bar yields approximately 1 ½ servings of fruit for a toddler. What I love is that there is no added sugar, and almost any type of fruit can be added to this. Once you have permission from your pediatrician to introduce nuts to your child, you may even try adding a chopped nut, such as walnuts. It all tastes great, even adults love it!