3 years old baby

Question: pls suggest a diet plan for 2.5 year old

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Answer: follow the following tips for planning a healthy menu for your toddler. The trick  is to simply add at least 1 item from each group through out the day. Ofcourse you can use a particular group more than 2 times too. but in order to maintain variety in terms of taste and nutrition , its important to plan from each group.  Ex – you can plan for  rice in the afternoon and oats  in the evening menu. both the items belong to the cereal group and are equally healthy .Make your choices of food from the given food group more interesting for the kid. Ex  – instead of feeding your baby with rice and milk every day , introduce variety . Plan for rice and curd , or lightly  lemon flavored rice, mix rice with mung dal  from pulses group to add protein and variety to your kids menu.After your kid turns 15 – 16 months old, you can mix up 2  or more food groups together. Ex – Oats porridge with apple. Here Oats cover the cereal group , Milk will cover up for protein and apple will cover the fruits group.  some  kids with good digestibility can  tolerate the mixed groups  concept right from 12 month on wards.Cereal Group – This group includes cereals like Rawa (semolina), Ragi, Rice , Oats , wheat and its products like brown bread , wheat based  biscuits. These cereals are easy to digest. Initially its best to grind the food product , or mash it well to avoid choking. some kids take time to learn to chew.Milk and Milk Products Group – As the name suggests  this group includes all varieties with milk . Cows milk has the best digestibility. Hence it is preferable to  give you kids cow’s milk.  You can later introduce him with  milk products like  cheese , curd,  buttermilk and paneer.  Cheese on brown bread is a good snacking option for your 2+ year old toddler. They relish it.Non – Vegetarian Protein Group – This group includes chicken , eggs and fish . I would really recommend you to start your kid a little late with fish . May be after he is 2 + . This will ensure his digestion capacity. It is not that kids do not eat fish before this age . There are individual differences and food preferences. All you need to do is ensure about your kids digestion capacity , and allergic reactions to these foods.Dals And Pulses Group – Start with easily digestible dals like mung dal . once they are tolerated well by the  kid, you can then move forward to slowly introduce her with all the other varieties of dals , and pulses.  make sure the first time you try any new pulse , it     should be  diluted enough. If your baby has any sign of intolerance towards these foods , like change in color of stool , hard stool or  watery stool or gases or stomach ache after the intake, reintroduce the food after a week in a diluted form Fruits and vegetables – The fruits and vegetables that are mentioned under the groups in the above info graphic diagram, can be used in any form . you can mash the fruits , make juice out of it , pressure cook the fruit for 1 whistle and then mash it (apple). or you can hand over them as slices to your kids. So they also learn to eat on their own . you can use vegetables in soup forms or cooked vegetable form , just the way you consume it at home. make sure you add little or no spices to the preparation. You can introduce the spices and masala for the baby after  she is 2.5 + years of age.Fats and Sugars – this group is placed in the center on purpose. although you need to use very little amount of fats and sugar for your toddler , but please do not ignore this group . your baby really needs  good fats  for better digestion. don’t forget that these little ones also require tasty foods just like us. you can add sugar or jaggery to their food preparations. Note  – You need to feed your growing toddler every 2- 3 hrs , don’t wait for them to signal for hunger. Kids get really cranky and irritated if they go without food for long.  To become a smart mom, you need to set your timetable accordingly. Keep your busiest hours for their milk feeds. But do not over do Milk. Excess milk feeds and no solid will make her/ him  hate food. They may also get loose motions, uncontrolled bladder. They would become cranky if you don’t give them enough solids.  And the kid will want to stick to you  at all times. 7.00 AM (After waking up )1 glass milk + 4 soaked almonds 9.00 AM Breakfast Choose any  1 from the below mentioned options Rawa kheer / Ragi kheer / Vermicilly kheerSoft cooked Rawa upama with finely chopped carrotsSoft cooked Mung dal chilla with grated carrots and finely chopped spinachCurd with soaked poha , (add a little salt or sugar as per your kids taste),Soft dosa or Idli with sambar 11.00 AM 2-4 slices of apple / orange / water melon /musk melon / pomogranate / Papaya / 2 wheat based biscuits / ragi flakes (handful) (any seasonal fruit) 1.00 PMLunch Choose any  1 from the below mentioned options Curd Rice / Dal + Rice / Sambar + Rice / Milk + Rice / Vegetable Pulav / Kadhi + Rice / Lemon flavored RiceVegetable KhichadiDaliya upama (soup consistency ) Vermicilly upamaSoft cooked Roti or Phulka with Toru / Bottle gourd / Palak / Methi / Potato vegetable 2.30 PM Buttermilk (optional ) / Ragi kanji 4.00 PM Choose any  1 from the below mentioned options Oats porridge with chopped apple or bananaFruit smoothie with almond or walnut (at room temperature)MilkshakesHot milk with 4 BiscuitsAata Laddu – 2 smallDry fruit chikkiSliced / Boiled veggies like Carrot , Broccoli with curd dip ,Tacos with vegetable based greek yogurt dipHome made wheat cake piece 6.00 PM Spinach Soup / Carrot soup / Tomato soup / Mix Vegetable Soup / Corn soup (grind corn kernel in a mixer) / Fruit juice during warm climate 8.00 PM Dinner Choose any suitable option from Breakfast or Lunch 10.00 PM Bedtime1 glass Milk + 4 Soaked Almonds
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