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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 33reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I was really hoping for more creative ideas to get my daughter to eat more veggies. I am a bit disappointed. February 19, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by This one is so bad. First they can't count, there are only 4 not 5. Then really! Pizza, hamburgs, chocolate milk, and oj! Super lazy, I was hoping for healthy ideas. November 9, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 Did a dietitian write this article? Sure hope not because chocolate milk is not healthy for you with its extra sugar. Now if your child will absolutely not drink white milk its the next best option, but children do model our behavior and if they have never tried soda or drinks such as juice(which again usually isn't healthy,made up of mostly sugar) they will never miss them. I never understood why people give their children soda or sugary juices. My 15yr old was only given water and milk as a toddler and to this day she doesn't drink soda. How many teenagers do you know that don't drink gallons of the stuff? So I am doing the same thing with my 1 yr old and am looking forward to her choices in the future. April 3, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I believe that these would be great food choices for the toddles if you made them at home. You don't have to go out to the pizzeria to give them pizza. Making the pizza at home is a much healthier choice and it also gives you a chance to include the children in the food preparing process. February 26, 2013
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