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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET Nutrition to Support Healthy Growth   |  17 found that by age two, children’s diets were too low in fruits and veg- etables and too high in foods and beverages with added sugars, salty snacks, and juices. One of the most troubling findings was that french fries were the most commonly consumed vegetable by age two. Without counting french fries, more than one in four infants and toddlers had no vegetables on the day the parents answered the study questionnaire (Devaney and Fox 2008). Appetites become fickle as infants become toddlers, and it becomes increasingly difficult to predict how much food a given child will con- sume at any particular meal or snack. Chapter 3 has more information on feeding children in a way that matches their physical, social, emo- tional, and intellectual development. “No, I Won’t Eat That. I Want Something Else!” Getting into a power struggle with a toddler is no fun for anyone. To avoid unnecessary power struggles, give children limited choices (see chapter 3). Choices let them feel some independence, but be sure the choices are good ones. For example, if a child refuses to eat the cucumber sticks you have prepared for snack, next time prepare both cucumber and zucchini sticks. Then give each child a choice between one or the other. Most children are happy to be able to choose. Avoid being too lenient with choices, or you may begin to feel like you’ve become a short- order cook. COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL