Our expert says:
As you know, it is best to buy fresh vegetables and fruit and to prepare small quantities for young children to ensure that they obtain the maximum nutrient value. However, frozen vegetables can be used for young children in the type of situations you list - when you have not had time to purchase fresh vegetables because of your work, etc. Just don't rely on frozen vegetables all the time. As regards the weight of young children, it is important to remember that the international tables only list average weights and that both the weight and height of an individual child can vary greatly depending on factors such as genetics, level of activity, previous illnesses or current conditions, prematurity at birth, etc. Most Moms can tell if their children are overweight or not. If you are worried about your 2-year-old, then please have him and his weight assessed by your gp. The following foods are rich sources of high quality protein: meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, yoghurt, cottage cheese and other cheeses. Legumes such as cooked or canned dry beans, peas, lentils and soya are also good sources of protein and can be combined with meat, fish, eggs, or cheese to supplement a child's protein intake.
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