Sample Diet/Food Plan For Toddler (veg/non-veg)

Sample DietFood Plan For Toddler (veg non-veg)

Sample Diet/Food Plan For Toddler (veg/non-veg)

1 to 3 years is the stage of toddlerhood. These are crucial years for laying the foundation of your baby’s health. Most babies outgrow the stage of eating mashed and bland foods and will now begin to eat more elaborate meals. They are now ready to eat everything that is being cooked for the other family members.

Here are Some Tips For Your toddler’s Diet To Grow Him Healthy :


This group includes cereals like Rawa (semolina), Ragi, Rice , Oats , wheat and its products like brown bread , wheat based biscuits. These cereals are easy to digest. Initially its best to grind the food product , or mash it well to avoid choking. some kids take time to learn to chew.

Milk and Milk Products

As the name suggests this group includes all varieties with milk . Cows milk has the best digestibility. Hence it is preferable to give you kids cow’s milk. You can later introduce him with milk products like cheese , curd, buttermilk and paneer. Cheese on brown bread is a good snacking option for your 2+ year old toddler. They relish it.

Non – Vegetarian Protein

This group includes chicken , eggs and fish . I would really recommend you to start your kid a little late with fish . May be after he is 2 + . This will ensure his digestion capacity. It is not that kids do not eat fish before this age . There are individual differences and food preferences. All you need to do is ensure about your kids digestion capacity , and allergic reactions to these foods.

Dals And Pulses

Start with easily digestible dals like mung dal . once they are tolerated well by the kid, you can then move forward to slowly introduce her with all the other varieties of dals , and pulses. make sure the first time you try any new pulse , it should be diluted enough. If your baby has any sign of intolerance towards these foods , like change in color of stool , hard stool or watery stool or gases or stomach ache after the intake, reintroduce the food after a week in a diluted form

Fruits and vegetables

The fruits and vegetables that are mentioned under the groups in the above info graphic diagram, can be used in any form . you can mash the fruits , make juice out of it , pressure cook the fruit for 1 whistle and then mash it (apple). or you can hand over them as slices to your kids. So they also learn to eat on their own . you can use vegetables in soup forms or cooked vegetable form , just the way you consume it at home. make sure you add little or no spices to the preparation. You can introduce the spices and masala for the baby after she is 2.5 + years of age.

Fats and Sugars

this group is placed in the center on purpose. although you need to use very little amount of fats and sugar for your toddler , but please do not ignore this group . your baby really needs good fats for better digestion. don’t forget that these little ones also require tasty foods just like us. you can add sugar or jaggery to their food preparations.

Sample Diet Chart For Toddler ( 1 – 3 years )

Early Morning

A glass of milk, 2 marie biscuits


Vegetarian options :

1/2 bowl of milk with cornflakes and ½ banana

1/2 cup oatmeal with ½ teaspoon of honey and half an apple

1/2 cup dalia made with milk with crushed or powdered nuts

1/2 cup suji halwa with powdered cashews and almonds

1/2 bowl of vegetable poha

1 cheese and tomato sandwich

1 vegetable sandwich

½ stuffed vegetable parantha

1 idli with peanut chutney

½ cup suji upma with vegetables

1 small cheela with tomato chutney or sauce

2 pieces paneer sandwich dhokla with green chutney

Non-vegetarian options:

1 scrambled egg with buttered toast

1 Omelette with buttered toast

French toast

2 small Banana pancakes with honey


Mid-morning Snack

You should keep this snack light as there is not much gap between this and lunch and filling up on this would not leave much room for lunch.

1 small banana, a small apple, 1 orange, half a cup cut papaya or any other seasonal fruit

2 marie or whole-wheat biscuits

½ cup cut seasonal fruit

1/2 glass shikanji with honey

½ cup plain chaas


Vegetarian options:

1 small chapatti smeared with little ghee with ¼ cup dal and ¼ cup vegetable. Keep serving different vegetables and dals.

¼ cup dal and ¼ cup seasonal vegetable with ½ cup rice. Add ½ teaspoon ghee to dal.

1 cup vegetable khichdi with ½ teaspoon ghee on top.

½ cup rice with ½ cup of sambar and 1 teaspoon peanut chutney.

1 cup vegetable pulao with ½ cup yogurt or raita.

½ cup matar paneer with ½ cup rice or 1 small parantha.

Non-vegetarian options:

Vegetable pulao with ¼ cup egg curry

1 small chapatti with ¼ cup chicken curry and salad

½ cup rice with ¼ cup fish curry and veggies on the side

Mild chicken biryani with mixed veg raita

Evening Snack

½ cup milk with 2 wholewheat crackers

1 small sandwich with mixed fruit jam and butter

1 smallpeanut butter sandwich

½ cup fresh fruit cut in to cubes and ½ cup milk

1 cup fresh fruit milkshake(banana, mango, cheeku etc)

1 cup fresh fruit smoothie

5-6 sweet potato fries

3-4 Tofu or paneer sticks


Most kids don’t want to eat a heavy dinner as their activity levels go down in the evening, so do not insist on them eating a lot. Let the kid eat whatever and however much she wants.

½ cup Vegetable pulao with mixed raita

½ to 1 cup Vermicelli upma with vegetables

½ to 1 cup Vegetable pasta with cheese

½ to 1 cup Vegetable noodles

½ to 1 cup Khichdi with veggies

½ cup matar paneer with ½ cup rice or 1 small parantha

1 small chapatti with paneer bhurji

Non-vegetarian options:

Vegetable pulao with ¼ cup egg curry

1 small chapatti with ¼ cup chicken curry and salad

½ cup rice with ¼ cup fish curry and veggies on the side

Mild chicken biryani with mixed veg raita

Chicken and veg pasta in tomato sauce

Egg and veg noodles


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