Bon Appetit!

Last week, we had a nutrition themed Stroller Strides class, and I definitely learned a few things about what I might serve for meals. I thought I’d share some of the behind the scenes research here on the blog, especially with back to school just around the corner.

When my son moved from milk to solids, I remember vividly thinking “WHAT AM I EVEN SUPPOSED TO FEED YOU?” The transition from preparing bottles to preparing meals was bananas to comprehend (and was also sometimes literally just smashed bananas).

As mothers, we are tasked with (among other things) helping our children to develop healthy eating habits that last a lifetime. It’s a responsibility that definitely stresses me out, and it seems like every time I get into the habit of serving something, it is immediately denied by my child. In checking in with other moms, I have heard choruses of agreement, which does make me feel better.

Judging by the smiles on our healthy, active kiddos’ faces, I have to believe that we have totally got this, mamas. That said, if you would like a refresher on what to serve your toddler, see the following, which I compiled from the American Academy of Pediatricians and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Caveat: I am definitely not a medical professional or a nutritionist. Second caveat: My child does not regularly follow these guidelines, and often vacillates between eating nothing one day and eating everything the next. I was assured to learn that all of the above is normal. Talk to your doctor regarding specifics for your child.

Alright, so the first thing to know is that, depending on age, size, and activity level, your toddler needs between 1,000-1,400 calories per day. Those calories should be a combination of grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy, and meat and beans.

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*Other veggie servings **Other fruit servings

Last but not least, let’s talk iron. Your toddler needs about 7 mgs of iron per day. Cow’s milk is a crummy source of iron (prior to researching, I did not know this). Too much cow’s milk can decrease your child’s rate of absorption of iron (because we needed something else to worry about, right?). Great non-milk sources of iron for your toddler include:

  • beef, pork, poultry, and seafood

  • tofu

  • dried beans and peas

  • dried fruits

  • leafy dark green vegetables

  • iron-fortified breakfast cereals, breads, and pastas

If you would like some more information on toddler nutrition and correlation to activity levels, spend some time on the USDA’s MyPlate food guide, where you can get an individualized meal plan and checklist customized for your kiddo’s age and activity level.

Bon appetit, mamas!

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In the craziness that is motherhood and business ownership -- and all those other parts of life as I know it -- sometimes I like to sit back, quiet my mind, and just remember what brought me to this crazy beautiful happy place. I remember when I tried my first class and made my first neighborhood mom friends. When I first met the mom down the street who would later become my business partner. I remember the moms who came, who saw, who conquered; those who have been with me since the start and those who have moved away. All that remembering leads me right back to today. I thought I'd share some of these moments through pictures and a little story-telling.


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