5 Healthy Foods to Feed Your Toddler

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Getting a toddler to eat healthfully is a great idea — in theory. But two hours later, with creamed spinach all over the walls, you may be singing a different tune.

Every parent has the best in mind for their child’s diet, but we’re not all so keen on the idea of prying open a toothy mouth and hurling a few baby carrots in to see what’ll stick. If your child is resistant to broccoli, beets, and the like, never fear: you can still strike a wholesome balance between healthy and delicious. Serve some of the following foods to your toddler — each item on the list is highly beneficial to a child’s development, and you may be surprised how quickly it all disappears!

1. Oatmeal

According to Parenting“Research shows that kids who eat oatmeal are better to concentrate and pay attention in school.” The high fiber content of oats makes this dish a source of complex carbs, says Livestrong. This, in turn, triggers your child’s digestive system to slowly work its magic and produce a steady stream of energy. A bowl of oatmeal in the morning will help stave off your child’s midday energy crashes.

Oats are a mild daytime snack, optimal for preventing spikes or crashes in blood sugar levels, writes Baby Center. Try topping old-fashioned oats with blueberries to give the snack a healthy kick.