5 iron-rich foods for toddlers

Updated on:21 April 2022, 20:42pm IST

Iron deficiency is common in kids, and it can lead to other health problems along with anemia. So, pay more attention to your toddler’s nutritional needs and feed them these 5 iron-rich foods.

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Dark chocolate: If your kid is a picky eater and you still want to fulfill their iron needs, you can add dark chocolate to their diet. Remember dark chocolate can be a part of a healthy diet for your toddler if you give her/him a small portion of it. Dark chocolate is also rich in antioxidants, and so, it can help in reducing the risk of heart diseases in kids as well. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

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Beetroot is an excellent source of iron and other essential vitamins and minerals. Moreover, they are packed with calcium, and protein, the two most important nutrients for kids. So, if your kid is anaemic due to a lack of iron or not, beetroot is the perfect cure! What's more? It is also known to aid development. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

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Seeds: We know seeds are healthy and guess what? They can be given to kids as well. Due to their wonderful nutty taste, your kids will never say no to seeds. Seeds such as pumpkin,chia, and flax are power packed with iron, folate, and zinc. An easy way to add seeds to your toddler's diet is to sprinkle them on salad, club it with oatmeal or add them to smoothies. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

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Spinach: Dark green vegetables such as spinach are rich in iron content. You can feed spinach to your kid twice or thrice a week. Not just iron, spinach can also provide your toddler with other essential nutrients such as vitamin A, C, E, calcium, and magnesium. Apart from this, you can also add kale and broccoli to their diet to increase iron consumption. Image courtesy: Shutterstock