9. Chia Seeds
An excellent source of Omega-3s, chia seeds are a great source of antioxidants, iron, fiber, magnesium, potassium and protein. Their little size means your little one may not even notice them sprinkled on cereal, blended into pancake batter or tucked away in a muffin.
Vegetarian toddlers can get a lot of their Omega-3s and protein from eggs. Their quick preparation means you can let your child choose between scrambled and fried, allowing them greater participation in preparing a meal. Besides a say in it, your child will also be getting choline to help her brain develop, as well as vitamin D, lutein, zinc, iron, selenium, and a big antioxidant boost.
The medium chain fatty acids in coconuts resemble those found in breast milk and can help to balance blood sugar, boost the immune system and improve digestion. The easiest way to incorporate these benefits into your toddler’s diet is to cook with coconut oil.
A blood sugar regulator, this spice can add flavor to your morning food and longevity to your toddler’s morning energy. Tantrum at 10 a.m.? Try a little cinnamon on those pancakes.