Diet for children 2 to 3 years old

Children 0 to 5 years old are still growing, so the need for energy and protein and other nutrients increases with age. To provide all the nutrients children need, their diet should include a combination of different nutrients from the main food groups.

The main food groups are:

– A group of breads and cereals that provide energy and some protein needed by the child.

Milk and dairy group, which provides calcium, phosphorus and protein and are necessary for skeletal growth and bone and tooth strength.

Meat, legumes and eggs, which provide the protein and other nutrients a child needs to grow.

– A group of vegetables and fruits that provide the vitamins and minerals a child needs.

Considering that the daily energy requirement of this age group is about 1100 kcal, the following diet plan is adjusted in such a way that at least 60% of the caloric needs of these children are met by consuming 3 breakfasts, breakfasts and lunches:


– Bread, cheese and walnuts (30 to 10 grams of bread) One to one and a half palms of Sangak bread with bran + 25 to 50 grams of cheese + one walnut kernel + sweet tea if desired

– Or a slice of Sangak bread or 3 slices of lavash bread + a boiled egg + sweet tea

10 oclock

– Half a glass of milk and 3 biscuits with whole flour + 1 fruit or half a glass of fruit compote prepared by the mother herself.


– Chloe meat (5 to 10 tablespoons of rice + 30 to 60 grams of thoroughly cooked and mashed mutton + half a glass of yogurt extract + half a bowl of finely chopped salad and mixed with mayonnaise (last meal)

– Or a slice of Sangak bread + chicken feed containing 60 grams of chicken (one chicken thigh), carrots and baked potatoes, or a stir-fried meat dish containing 2 pieces of stir-fried meat (30 grams each) and boiled carrots and potatoes + a bowl Small yogurt + a small banana

evening meal

– 1 fruit (or half a glass of fruit juice) + 1 cucumber + a tablespoon of almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts


– Chicken feed (a handful of bread + chicken feed with 30 to 60 grams) 1 to 3 small pieces (fully cooked chicken and vegetables in the form that the child likes + yogurt, a half glass

before sleep

– Half a glass of milk

Read more in the following link: diet plan for 4 to 6 year old children

Prepared and edited by: Sanaz Motalebi Khameneh, nutritionist and dietitian

Source: Dr. Salam

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