By the age of 2 years, children need a diet pretty similar to that of adults. They just need less of it!
To understand what to eat, you can divide foods into “everyday” foods and “sometimes” foods. This page is about “everyday” foods. To find out about “sometimes” foods, click here
To find out about the effects of food on mood and behaviour to information about diet and teeth or constipation, please go to the Food FAQs page
These fall into four groups. We need nutrients from each of these:
What about fat?
There is no need to be scared of fats or oils. We need some fat in our diet and it can improve flavour. So you’ll be adding oils or fats such as olive oil, vegetable oil, spreads and butter to some meals.
Use the amount you think is needed. There is no need to buy specially labelled “low fat foods” for pre-school children
If you want to read more about some of the key nutrients we need for health and wellbeing, please follow this link