Toddlers who are learning to assert themselves say "no!” and enjoy doing it. Parents tend to worry more when they refuse certain food items than when a toddler refuses to wear a certain item of clothing. If you find yourself in a food battleground keep calm and remember: It is your responsibility to provide a healthy balanced diet but it is up to the toddler to choose how much and which of these food items they consume.
Meat in this group provide protein, iron and zinc as well as other minerals and some vitamins. In addition to meat the following: fish, eggs, nuts, meat alternatives and pulses are all included in this group. I recommend that children eating meat and fish need 1-2 servings per day.
Vegetarian children who only eat eggs, nuts and pulses need 2-3 servings per day. This can be achieved by eating puddings and snacks containing eggs and nuts in addition to choosing savory courses based on pulses, lentils and nuts. Chopped nuts in recipes or nut butters are acceptable for toddlers, if there is no family history of hay fever, asthma, eczema or food allergies in the family.
Ghazala Yousuf, Dietician, The Portland Hospital