Refer to Canada's Food Guide for how to provide a healthy, balanced diet for your toddler.
Young children have small appetites yet they need calories and nutrients for growth and development. By eating the right amount and type of food recommended in Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide, children can get the nutrients they need to grow and thrive. Serve small nutritious meals and snacks each day.
View a sample menu for a 3 year old girl.
Do not restrict nutritious foods because of their fat content. Nutritious higher fat foods such as 2% or whole milk can help children meet their energy and nutrient needs. High fat foods (such as chips, cookies, pastries) that are low in vitamins and minerals should be limited as they fill children up and can decrease their intake of more nutritious foods.
Canada’s Food Guide
Recommendations for toddlers
*The suggested number of servings and serving sizes for ages 1-2 are guidelines only. The amount of food your toddler eats may vary from day to day. Offer your toddler a variety of foods from each food group every day. Let your toddler decide how much of it to eat
†Canada’s Food Guide recommended serving size for toddlers 2-3 years of age
‡Serve cooked vegetables or fruits, or grated or chopped raw vegetables or fruits
§Whole cow’s milk is recommended for children 1 to 2 years. Skim, 1% or 2% cow’s milk is recommended for ages 2 years and older
||Health Canada recommends that to limit the amount of mercury from ﬁsh, toddlers should eat no more than 2 servings (for a total of 75 g) per month of fresh albacore and frozen tuna, shark, swordﬁsh, marlin, orange roughy and escolar. Albacore (white) canned tuna should be limited to 75 g per week
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