Be prepared. Who hasn't been caught on the road or in an emergency situation where the only option is a glazed doughnut or a chocolate bar from a vending machine? To stave off these snack attacks, keep healthy foods at the ready: small bags of Cheerios; soft fresh fruit like bananas and ripe melon, thinly sliced or cut into small pieces (no larger than half an inch); and whole-grain, low-sugar crackers and cookies. For now, skip whole grapes and raisins, which are choking hazards. Your toddler can only eat what you give him, so if you offer good-for-you foods, his diet will improve.
Water down juice. Limit the amount of sweetened beverages your child consumes, like soda and other sugary, high-calorie drinks. Give him water instead, or gradually dilute his juice with water -- he probably won't even notice a difference. If he doesn't like drinking water, try dressing it up with a few citrus slices. Homemade fruit smoothies are another tasty option.
Don't ban cupcakes. When birthdays come around, don't deny your partygoer a slice of cake. Remember: Forbidden fruit is always the tastiest. Give him a small piece, and make sure he's eaten some "real" food first.