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Everyone always told me that siblings can be complete opposites, and when it comes to my kiddos that certainly is true. My first child ate anything and everything that we put on his plate. However, our second has been a battle of wills when it comes to eating right from the start. Our food battles have always driven me a bit crazy and caused plenty of frustration for everyone involved.
One of the nutritional worries that I have most often is how much DHA my toddler is receiving from her diet. DHA, an Omega-3 fatty acid, is an important building block to a child’s growing brain and it’s incredibly important to me that I do my best to be sure that she gets DHA in her diet. 85% of brain growth happens in the first three years of life, so it’s extremely important to be sure that toddlers are getting DHA to help them nourish their brain growth. Experts recommend aiming for 70-100mg/day a day in a toddler’s diet to help support early brain and eye development.
What concerns me the most is that on average, a toddler’s diet only provides 25% of the amount of DHA experts recommend. For some toddlers, on average, there is a nutritional gap when it comes to DHA, especially as toddler’s can be very picky when it comes to eating certain foods. Many of the foods that are high in DHA are foods that can be difficult to get toddlers to eat regularly.
To ensure that my daughter gets the important DHA to help support brain growth, I encourage my daughter to eat and drink certain foods that have DHA.
Salmon, for instance, is a great source of DHA, but most little kids are resistant to salmon. A little sneaky preparation helps. We love making salmon patties with flaked salmon and breadcrumbs and my daughter eats it without too much hassle. Other foods may be fortified with DHA as well.
Enfagrow® Toddler Next Step™
Enfagrow Toddler is a milk-based toddler drink that is a great complement to a toddler’s diet to help ensure good nutrition for their changing needs and tastes. Enfagrow has DHA (52 mg in two 7-ounce servings) to help bridge the gap that most toddlers have in their diet.
Aside from supplementing your child’s diet with important brain building DHA, Enfagrow Toddler also helps support the immune system. It has prebiotics to help support digestive health. I love the convenience and ease of giving my daughter Enfagrow Toddler (they have liquid bottles or tubs with powder to mix in water), especially since it’s milk flavored so she easily drinks it.
Are (or were) your kids picky eaters?
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