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Nutrition Assessment for Infants and Toddlers

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Favorite vegetables for young children include: sweet potatoes, carrots, green beans, peas, broccoli, cauliflower, winter squash, and potatoes. Older children may also enjoy cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, other greens, bell peppers, zucchini, Brussels sprouts, corn on the cob, and asparagus.

Before serving vegetables to toddlers, they should be well cooked because raw vegetables are hard to chew and are a choking hazard. Small round pieces are especially dangerous because of the choking possibility, so mash cooked peas and cut cooked carrots lengthwise in halves or quarters before serving. Do not give toddlers whole cherry tomatoes, as they can be a choking hazard.

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