The Best Diet for Toddlers with Kacie Barnes

Nutrition for toddlers is different from what your kids need at other ages. In this week’s parenting podcast episode, we talk with Kacie Barnes of Mama Knows Nutrition to learn how to create a balanced diet for toddlers, so you never have to worry if your kid is getting all the resources their little body needs!

  • By Jess Dang
  • October 3, 2019

Parenting toddlers can be full of challenges, and what is one of the most common challenges parents of toddlers face? Making sure their kiddos are eating a nutritious diet that sets them up for all the physical and mental development those little bodies are going through.

Unfortunately toddlers don’t necessarily make that easy to do. That’s why we invited Kacie Barnes, the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist of Mama Knows Nutrition, onto the podcast to help break down toddler nutrition for us, so we know exactly when there actually might be a problem.

In our chat, we cover:

  1. Big-picture nutrition guidelines for toddlers and what a healthy toddler diet should look like (it turns out that they do need way more carbs than adults do!)
  2. The feeding concerns parents often have and how to handle them
  3. Everything kids + sugar and how to make sure there’s less of it in your toddler’s diet

If you’re a parent of a tot, then don’t miss this episode full of Kacie’s wise and grounded advice that will have you feeling way less stressed and worried as a parent. She’s also been kind enough to offer her Picky Eater Starter Guide for free here!


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Links mentioned in this episode

Check out the links we’ve mentioned:

  1. Learn more about Kacie on her website and follow her on her Instagram @mamaknows_nutrition
  2. Download her Picky Eater Starter Guide
  3. Purchase her ebook No Sugar, Still Sweet full of sugar-free recipes
  4. Download her Toddler Snack Guide
  5. Ellyn Satter and the Division of Responsibility
  6. Educated, by Tara Westover
  7. Younger

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