While the brain is built during the early toddler years, it continues to grow during preschool. Nutrition is vitally important to a child’s health, growth, and development. Without adequate nutrition, learning can be a challenge. Head Start of Lane County helps your child meet daily nutritional needs.
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Be flexible.Use different foods from the same MyPlate group. For example, if your child doesn’t like one vegetable, try another. All foods provide vitamins and minerals, but we need to eat different foods so we get a variety of vitamins and minerals.
Keep offering different fruits and vegetables, even if they are rejected at first. It takes repeated exposure, without forcing, for a child to try a new food.
Encourage your child to experiment with different tastes and textures. Children learn about foods by tasting, touching, and smelling. Offer your child different shape, sizes and textures of foods to stimulate interest. Let the child help fix foods into a variety of sizes or shapes.
Do not worry about how much your child eats at a single meal or even in a single day. Over a week, the choices should even out – and provide a balance of nutrients that best meet his or her needs.