Healthy food options for toddlers include yogurt, iron-fortified cereals, soft-cooked vegetables and sliced fresh fruit. Beans, tofu, boneless fish and cut-up poultry are healthy protein options for a toddler, while whole-grain toast, brown rice and whole-wheat pasta provide carbohydrates and fiber.
Toddlers can eat the same foods as everyone else in the family, but it should be chopped up into small pieces or mashed. Small children should be watched throughout a meal because choking is a possibility at this age. Offer a wide range of foods throughout the day to encourage a toddler to consume a variety of different nutrients. By age 2, a toddler should be eating three small meals and one to two healthy snacks each day, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Toddlers need between 1,000 and 1,400 calories each day, according to KidsHealth. More active children generally consume more calories that sedentary toddlers, and the calorie requirements of a child rises as the child grows. A toddler-sized serving of food is approximately one-quarter the size of an adult serving.
Vegetarian families can create healthy toddler meals without meat, as long as the parents pay attention to the overall diet to ensure that the child is getting enough protein, fiber, vitamin B-12, vitamin D, iron and calcium.