Picky toddler? Here’s the perfect way to balance their diet

Toddler drinking milk

As parents, we all do research about food. What foods are best to eat during pregnancy? What’s the best first food for a six-month-old? Why won’t my two-year-old eat anything but rice? Amid all the conflicting information out there, one conclusion is always consistent: whenever possible, natural is best. That means free from nasties like unpronounceable preservatives, and nutrient-compromising genetically modified foods (GMOs).

And so we try to make food from scratch, or choose things with short ingredients lists. But what about foods we don’t normally think of as processed, like milk? We don’t often think about what those cows are eating, but actually it has a huge effect on the milk they produce.

The milk used to make Munchkin’s toddler drink comes from grass-fed cows, and the nutritional quality is head and shoulders above the rest.

Why does it matter what the cow eats?

There’s an adage that goes something like, garbage in, garbage out. It’s true if a person eats doughnuts all day long, and it’s true if a cow eats GMO grains, corn and soy – foods that cows were never intended to eat.

A cow’s natural diet is grass and only grass. Supplementing a cow’s diet with GMO foods negatively impacts the nutritional value of the milk.

How much nutritional benefit from grass-fed milk actually gets into formula?

Most formulas are made from 65 per cent milk or milk by-products, so a large proportion of that grass-fed goodness is present in formula.

Milk from cows fed 100 per cent grass has up to five times more conjugated linoleic acid (a fat found in breastmilk), and a better balanced ration of essential fatty acids compared to milk from grain-fed cows. It also has increased levels of antioxidants, higher levels of vitamins and minerals, and because the cows aren’t eating GMO foods, their milk is naturally GMO free.

toddler boy eating meal in high chair

Do toddlers even need formula?

The choice to give your toddler formula is a personal one. Maybe your child only eats white foods, or smooth foods, or foods that come roaring into her mouth on a spoon shaped like an aeroplane.

Whatever your child’s eating habits, they might not be getting the full spectrum of nutrients that will help them grow up with a strong mind and body. Munchkin’s Grass Fed Toddler Milk Drink is specially formulated with calcium, Vitamins A, E, C, B12, niacin, DHA and iron to support healthy toddlers to grow up strong.

To find out more about the benefits of grass-fed formula, check out our interview with paediatric nutritionist Mandy Sacher from Wholesome Child.

Munchkin Grass Fed is available in Coles supermarkets and select pharmacies nationwide. For more information, to buy online or to find your local stockist, head over to Munchkin. You can also connect with Munchkin on Facebook and Instagram.

(This is a sponsored post for Munchkin Grass Fed – Nature. Nurture. Grass Fed.)

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