Sample One-Day Menu for a Two-Year-Old

SP would like to share a sample menu recommended by AAP as it is comprehensive and provides an overall picture of the amount and types of food that you can provide your two-year old toddler and know that your child is getting a balanced and appropriate % of fat and nutritional value. Below is a sample one-day menu for a two-year old child taken directly from www.healthychildren.org.

This menu is planned for a two-year-old child who weighs approximately 27 pounds (12.5 kg).

(Note: The standard/metric conversion table is listed at the end of the chart.)

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MEAL TIMES

RECOMMENDED LIQUID AND NUTRITIONAL CHOICES

BREAKFAST

(Morning Meal)

 

·         1⁄2 cup nonfat or low- fat milk

·         1⁄2 cup iron- fortified cereal or 1 egg

·         1⁄3 cup fruit (for example, banana, cantaloupe, or strawberries)

·         1⁄2 slice whole wheat toast

·         1⁄2 teaspoon margarine or butter or 1 teaspoon of fruit jelly

SNACK

·         4 crackers with cheese or hummus or 1⁄2 cup cut- up fruit or berries

·         1⁄2 cup water

LUNCH

(Noon Meal)

 

·         1⁄2 cup low- fat or nonfat milk

·         1⁄2 sandwich—1 slice whole wheat bread, 1 ounce meat, slice of cheese, veggie (avocado, lettuce, or tomato)

·         2–3 carrot sticks (cut up) or 2 tablespoons other dark- yellow or dark-green vegetable

·         1⁄2 cup berries or 1 small (1⁄2 ounce) low-fat oatmeal cookie

SNACK

 

·         1⁄2 cup nonfat or low-fat milk

·         1⁄2 apple (sliced), 3 prunes, 1⁄3 cup grapes (cut up), or 1⁄2 orange

DINNER

(Evening Meal)

·         1⁄2 cup nonfat or low-fat milk

·         2 ounces meat

·         1⁄3 cup pasta, rice, or potato

·         2 tablespoons vegetable

STANDARD/ METRIC SYSTEM CONVERSION CHART

·         1 teaspoon = 1⁄2 tablespoon (5 ml)

·         1 tablespoon = 1⁄2 ounce (15 ml)

·         1 ounce = 30 ml

·         1 cup = 8 ounces (240 ml)

 

 Reference:

Sample Daily Menu for a 2-Year-Old.  Retrieved on April 5, 2011: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/toddler/nutrition/pages/Sample-Daily-Menu-for-a-2-Year-Old.aspx

 
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