There's no need for a distinction between "kid" food and "adult" food—in fact, the earlier children are introduced to real foods, the less likely they'll be to turn them away. "In the same way you don't want to dumb down what your kid watches, reads, or experiences, you don't want to dumb down their foods," Steel says. Toddlers are often good about experimenting with new tastes, so have them try fruits and veggies like asparagus, eggplant, melon, and papaya. For protein, Steel suggests eggs, lean chicken, pork, and tofu. For dairy, go for Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and pasteurized un-aged cheeses.