As adults we often watch our fat intake, buy fat-free products and limiting our consumption of high fat foods. Children, especially between the ages of 1-3, require up to 40% of their energy intake from fat.
Energy-dense foods, such as those with high fat content, play an important role in helping young children meet their energy needs for growth and development. Offer foods rich in healthy fats such as avocado, salmon, nut butters (eg. peanut butter) and full-fat dairy.
Danielle Van Schaick, Registered Dietitian
Dani Health & Nutrition Services