SNACK HAPPY

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Realadvice -

QMy two-year-old son barely seems to eat at meal­times, although he hap­pily munches through his morn­ing and af­ter­noon snacks of fruit and crack­ers. I’m con­cerned that he’s not get­ting enough en­ergy and nu­tri­tion from his diet.

ANutri­tion­ist Dr Joanna McMil­lan says: If he’s grow­ing nor­mally, then yes, he is get­ting enough en­ergy and pro­tein. For op­ti­mal health and de­vel­op­ment, how­ever, you also need to en­sure he is con­sum­ing a broad range of foods. Par­ents of­ten worry their young chil­dren aren’t eat­ing enough, but they are usu­ally con­sum­ing more than you think. Just make sure your son is not eat­ing too many snacks be­tween his main meals – if he’s not hun­gry at meal­times you will have lit­tle chance of get­ting him to eat!

The best thing to re­mem­ber is that your job is to pro­vide healthy, nu­tri­tious food for him and his job is to de­cide how much to eat.

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