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Healthy Children’s Eating Habits: Calories and Your Toddler


April 27, 2016

We're often much more aware of the calories that we as adults need to keep ourselves healthy. A lot of parents have picky toddlers at home who only enjoy certain foods, but there are nutritional guidelines for toddlers that should be followed to the best of the parents’ abilities. It can be difficult to make sure children get the whole nutrition they need in order to stay at a healthy weight and get the right foods for their body’s needs.

Like most adults, the amount of calories a toddler needs to consume is based on their level of activity. Many have toddlers who run around like crazy, especially at parks or on other adventures. Others keep their child occupied with at-home activities that may not burn as many calories.

Here is a handy calorie guide that can help you realize what kind of nutrition is right for your toddler, aged 2 to 3-years-old.

For Boys:  
  • Not Very Active - Usually at home and relatively sedentary
    • 1,000 - 1,200 calories per day (depends on child’s weight and activity level that particular day)
  • Somewhat Active - Not very active at home most of the day; has regular playtime
    • 1,000 - 1,400 calories per day (depends on child’s weight and activity level each day)
  • Very Active - Spends a lot of time outside the home, or plays a lot at home
    • 1,000 - 1,400 calories per day (depends on child’s weight and activity level each day)
For Girls:
  • Not Very Active - Usually at home and relatively sedentary
    • 1,000 calories per day (unless child is underweight)
  • Somewhat Active - Not very active at home most of the day; has regular playtime
    • 1,000 - 1,200 calories per day (depends on child’s weight and activity level that particular day)
  • Very Active - Spends a lot of time outside the home, or plays a lot at home
    • 1,000 - 1,400 calories per day (depends on child’s weight and level of activity each day)
It’s important to make sure toddlers consume enough calories to keep them growing at a healthy pace, but not so many that they become overweight at a young age. Depending on your little one’s present weight and size, it is important to balance high-calorie foods like chicken nuggets and cheese with low-calorie foods like fruits and vegetables. Some children are very resistant to eating fruits and vegetables, but they’re necessary for good health. One way to get your toddler on par with most healthy children’s eating habits is to sneak fruit or vegetables into foods that they normally eat. There are plenty of ways to do this, including substituting healthy, low-calorie cauliflower for potatoes in recipes like cauliflower “mashed potatoes.”

One way to get some fruit into your child’s diet is to get them to eat a frozen fruit smoothie, or frozen juice bar. These look and taste like popsicles to children, but are much healthier for them, and much lower in calories. In fact, our Froozer products have no added sugar, and average 35 calories per bar. You’ll save on calories while still getting them a full serving of the fruits they need to thrive. Contact us with any questions, and you can order from us online or look for us at your local grocery store!
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