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Nutritious and yummy: 5 toddler-friendly foods

Toddlers can be finicky, so getting them to eat (let alone eat properly) can be a battle. Still, some toddler picks are also nutritious. Test these surprisingly healthy classics on your little critic:
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  1. Chocolate milk

    It's not junk food. Many kids find it more appealing than white milk, so stock up! Chocolate milk contains just as much calcium, protein and vitamin D as the regular stuff. And if your child is drinking more chocolate milk, he or she is probably drinking less juice or soda. And that's a good thing.

  2. Pizza

    This well-balanced favorite covers just about every food group. In addition to carbohydrates and protein, pizza provides vitamin C from sauce, calcium from cheese and healthy fat from olive oil. Some finely chopped veggie toppings may go by unnoticed and are a good way to make pizza even better for the kids.

  3. Hamburgers

    Lean ground beef is nutritious for young children, providing them with iron, zinc and protein. Grill or broil the beef to eliminate some of the fat, or brown some to add to spaghetti sauce or a casserole.

  4. Orange juice

    Many toddlers would be content to feast on nothing but juice boxes all day. Orange juice is a super food, packed with vitamin C, folic acid, potassium and phytochemicals. It comes in the convenient boxes and pouches, too, so there's no reason you can't substitute it for the less healthful flavors.

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 3reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by So, has this article been reviewed by any health professionals? Juice and pop should be occasional treats or even avoided altogether, not a part of any toddler's regular diet.Chocolate Milk has more sugar than white milk, the sweetness is better avoided. If the child refuses white milk (and milk alternatives such as fortified almond milk, flax milk, or hemp milk with full-fat yogurt to supplement, than mixing chocolate milk with white milk and gradually decreasing the ratio of chocolate to white might work out). My LO refused white milk for months after turning a year old so on the advice of our family doctor she had 3-4 servings through yogurt, cheese, and cottage cheese and water in a bottle available at all times. Perhaps this is a better alternative to chocolate? Just a thought. February 14, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I suppose when you say pizza and hamburger, you mean the home cooked variety and not what we can buy at fast food restaurants. I'll try them out. Thanks! April 5, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by The title is 5 Toddler Friendly Foods but there are only 4 in the article? January 10, 2013
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