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To improve the nutrition of toddlers, experts from the Observatory have compiled 5 tips that should be strictly followed to feed children in the right way. Here they are:

  • Breakfast: is an important meal and should never be skipped, we recommend a carbohydrate portion (complex sugars needed by the brain) such as bread or rusk or cereal, preferably whole grain, with milk or yogurt. A small amount of jam or honey can also be used for spreading or to sweeten drinks.
  • Snacks/meal: prefer fresh seasonal fruit, or a low-fat yogurt including fruit, in some cases salty snacks, bread and cheese can also be recommended, especially if the kid has to sustain physical activity.
  • Fruits and vegetables: consume 3 servings of fruits and 2 servings of vegetables daily to ensure vitamins, minerals and the right amount of fiber.
  • Sweets: in moderation, ice cream or pastries once a week, limit added sugar and sugary drinks, prefer smoot hies or juices, drink only water at the table.
  • Fish: at least two to three times a week, ideally cooked simply, steamed or baked.
  • Nuts: walnuts, almonds hazelnuts, contain Omega 3 fats, 10-20 grams daily as a snack.

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