Children of toddler and pre-school age are growing rapidly and are very active so they need lots of energy and nutrients as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
You should encourage your toddler to eat a healthy and varied diet alongside the rest of the family, as likes and dislikes are often established at this early stage in life.
Energy and nutrient requirements of pre-school children
Toddlers have high energy requirements compared to adults as they are growing rapidly and are extremely active at this age. As they have smaller stomachs, they need more calories and nutrients in each mouthful of food than adults.
It is important not to give low-fat foods too often as these are not suitable for children of pre-school age. They need some foods that are high in fat to ensure they get enough energy, as well as protein, vitamins and minerals.