Spinach and broccoli aren't the only amazing foods that can help support your toddler's health (and thank goodness for that!) Check out these nutritional all-stars, plus some kid-friendly ways to serve them.
Why they're super: These versatile legumes are low in fat but high in protein, antioxidants, and fiber. They also contain important minerals such as iron, potassium, and magnesium.
How to serve them: Older toddlers will love assemble-your-own-taco-night with beans, chopped tomatoes, and shredded lettuce and cheese. Younger toddlers may enjoy a simple rice-and-beans dish or bean soup.
Why they're super: Strawberries are loaded with vitamin C, which helps supports the immune system and helps grow healthy skin and muscles. They're also high in fiber, which can help keep kids regular.
How to serve them: Berries are naturally sweet so kids love eating them plain. You could also mix them in with pancake or muffin batter or toss them on top of cereal or yogurt.
Why they're super: They contain a dozen nutrients, including brain-nourishing choline and vision-supporting lutein. Some eggs are also fortified with DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid which is an important building block of the brain. (For more on DHA, see "DHA Explained.")
How to serve them: Roll up scrambled eggs, cheese, and veggies in a tortilla wrap for a quick breakfast. For a protein-filled portable snack, you can't beat hard-boiled eggs.
Why it's super: Pumpkin is packed with potassium and vitamin A. Just half a cup of cooked pumpkin meets a toddler's daily recommended amount for vitamin A. Best of all, canned pumpkin is just as healthy as the fresh kind, so there's no need to wait for fall.
How to serve it: You can use pumpkin in almost anything, including muffins, soup, and of course, pie!
Why it's super: Salmon is a rock star when it comes to omega-3 fatty acid content. These healthy fats, including DHA, are important in the toddler years when the brain grows rapidly.
How to serve it: If your child is a fan of tuna salad sandwiches, you can try substituting canned salmon instead. Or check out Allrecipes.com for kid-friendly salmon cake recipes.
Why it's super: Yogurt is a great source of protein and bone-strengthening calcium, which is especially important for growing bodies. Some yogurt also contains probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria that help support a healthy digestive system.
How to serve it: Toddlers will love yogurt parfaits, with layers of yogurt, granola, and fruit. Or try blending yogurt, berries, a banana, and a splash of orange juice for a simple smoothie.