Monday, September 8, 2014

Overcoming a Picky Eater's Problems with Enfagrow Toddler

My youngest loves food, but his typical toddler eating habits have left a few gaps in his diet that Enfagrow can help me fill. That is why I was so excited to be part of this sponsored post program. All opinions and experiences are my own.

My youngest, Elliott, is a great eater... for a toddler.

Okay, so his favorite foods may be grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese and well... cheese. But, he is working hard at exploring the tastes and textures we offer him at the table each day. Despite my best intentions, some days his steamed vegetables are launched across the room instead of being eaten or his whole grains and lean proteins are smeared on his high chair tray and into his hair. After two older children I am not going to make mealtime a war zone. Toddlers can be picky and inconsistent eaters even on the best of days.

The only problem we have is Elliott is both very active, but also a light eater. On his last visit to the pediatrician's office he hadn't gained weight. His head has been steadily growing and he is taking his first steps, but he just needed more calories and nutrition than he could get out of his normal meals.

One suggestion I was given was to try to a toddler formula like Enfagrow Toddler Transitions or Enfagrow Toddler Next Step.

Now that Elliott is transitioned to solid foods, I can't ensure that he receives all the good nutrition he was getting while he nursed. Enfagrow has important nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, iron and a prebiotics blend to support digestive health in just two servings a day. That means I can add Enfagrow to his sippy cup at two meals and get some of those nutritional gaps covered. The powder is super easy to mix with water, even when we are on the go.

One concern I have since he doesn't eat many foods with natural fatty acids, is that he may not be getting DHA in his diet.

But Elliott is not alone. In fact, DHA is particularly hard to get from the foods toddlers typically like to eat. Cookies? Not there. Grilled Cheese? Not there, either. Naturally you can find it in fatty fish or nuts. Neither of these are typically on Elliott's menu so I needed to find another source.

So what is DHA, exactly?

Well, it is an omega-3 fatty acid and an important nutrient for the brain. When I was taking a prenatal vitamin, while pregnant with Elliott, it was suggested that I look for one that had DHA. And since 85% of his brain growth is going to take place here over the first three years of his life, it is important to me that he has DHA through his toddler years.

I spend so much time playing and trying to stimulate Elliott's growing curiosity, I might as well make sure he has the proper nutrition to feed that growing brain.

Elliott's next weight check is coming up and I am confident I am doing everything I can to give him excellent nutrition. Enfagrow Toddler has been easy to add right alongside the steamed vegetables and grilled cheese sandwiches.

Do you have a picky eater? How do you help your toddler maintain a balanced diet?

Giveaway has ended! Winner is - Rachel A., verified. Thank you to everyone who entered!  Tracking Pixel

Giveaway Time!!

One lucky reader at Adventures in All Things Food will win an Enfagrow gift package (ARV $38) that will include the following:
     One Toddler Transitions Can (21oz.)
     One Toddler Next Step Natural Milk Flavor Can (24oz.)
For a chance to win, comment below with why you love Enfagrow or why you want your toddler to try it. Giveaway ends September 24th, 2014 and the winner will be announced here on the blog and emailed so they can claim their prize. Winner must be 18 or over and reside in the US. Good luck!

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES AND D.C. 18 YEARS AND OLDER ARE WHO ALREADY HAVE INTERNET ACCESS AND VALID E-MAIL ADDRESSES ARE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Promotion begins 9/8/2014 at 12:00 AM PST and ends at 11:59 PM PST on 9/24/2014. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Official Rules, eligibility, prize descriptions and odds disclosure are available at . Sponsor: Mead Johnson & Company, LLC, 2400 West Lloyd Expressway, Evansville, IN 47721.

I received compensation and free Enfagrow for this post. 

Enfagrow would be happy to help you with your question. Please contact them at 1-800-BABY-123.

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