Dieting For Dummies
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Grocery shopping for the ingredients for healthful meals for your baby or toddler isn’t the easiest task. The following list contains perishable and nonperishable foods you’ll want to have on hand, so you can take care of the essentials in one fell swoop.

Don’t serve the foods with stars to kids under age 1. For two stars, wait until age 2.

Nonperishable foods Nonperishable foods Perishable foods Perishable foods
Broth, reduced sodium, chicken or beef Oil, olive and vegetable American cheese, slices Milk, whole (for children age 1 or older)
Cheerios Pasta, assorted Bread, whole wheat Mozzarella cheese sticks (string cheese)
Cinnamon Peanut butter** Butter, not margarine Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Flour, all purpose and whole wheat Pepper Cheddar cheese, shredded Parmesan cheese, grated
Fruit, dried (chewy fruits are best, such as dried apricots) Pizza sauce Eggs Soy sauce
Honey* Raisins English muffins Tortillas, wheat or flour
Jelly or jam, low sugar Rice cakes Fruits, assorted and fresh, including apples, avocados, bananas, pears, strawberries*, tomatoes Vegetables, assorted and fresh, including broccoli, carrots, lettuce, and squash (summer or winter varieties)
Maple syrup Rice, brown Ketchup Yogurt, full fat and varied flavors
Mustard, dry ground Rolled oats Mayonnaise, full fat
Nonstick cooking spray Salt
Nuts, assorted* (For peanuts, wait until age 2.) Sunflower seeds

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Jane Kirby, RD is a registered dietitian and member of the American Dietetic Association. She is the food and nutrition editor of Real Simple magazine and owner of The Vermont Cooking School, Inc. Kirby is the former editor of Eating Well magazine and the food and nutrition editor for Glamour. She served on the dietetics staff of the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The American Dietetic Association is the world’s largest group of nutrition and health professionals. The ADA serves the public by promoting optimal nutrition, health, and well-being.

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