5 key takeaways for parents of children 2+

  • Offering a variety of vegetables and fruits, whole grains and proteins is important to a healthy diet. Your child won’t like everything you give them, but eventually you will find your healthy go-to foods.
  • Providing nutritious snacks between well-balanced meals helps provide the nutrients and energy of a growing child.
  • Water is the best choice for drinks, but milk is a healthy option. Limit juices and other sugary drinks.
  • Health Canada encourages eating when you are hungry. Your child or their behaviours will tell you when they are hungry or full.
  • Try to offer small meals and snacks at regular times throughout the day. A hungry toddler can be a challenge, so always be prepared with a handy snack.

Canada’s Food Guide

You can learn more in Canada’s Food Guide or by visiting our food guide, for both print and mobile.