Jenner told the magazine that her 2 year old loves bagels that she dreamed about them. Stormi also a fan of blueberries and bacon.
Makeup mogul and reality television star Kylie Jenner may have just cracked the mystery of what toddlers often dream about. It’s not toys, mama, or Elmo. It’s bagels.
In an interview on Tuesday with Harper’s Bazaar, Jenner shared that her 2-year-old daughter, Stormi, loves bagels and is so obsessed with them that she recently woke up in the middle of the night and blurted out, “bagel.” Stormi also enjoys fruit, especially blueberries. Most parents of young children can likely relate. During this stage of development, toddlers typically develop an affinity for simple carbs, like breads and crackers.
But a carb-heavy diet isn’t cause for concern. They need the energy from those foods to support their growing bodies, experts say.
“Kids have an innate penchant for sweet and starchy foods, which is logical from an evolutionary standpoint,” Natalia Stasenko, a New York and London-based registered dietitian and child nutritionist, wrote in a piece for Parents. “These foods make an efficient source of fuel for developing bodies and rapidly growing brains.”
Carbs help children meet their energy needs, she added, and are attractive even to the pickiest of eaters, because they’re easier to chew, than say, a piece of meat or broccoli, and have appealing textures.
The brain’s absorption of glucose, a type of carb often found in bread and sweets, peaks during the period of growth between toddlerhood and puberty, when the brain is developing synapses, according to a 2014 study published in the National Academy of Sciences. A child’s brain uses twice as much glucose as an adult’s brain does and is most needed when a child is about 5. Still, toddlers also need to balance their diets with fat, protein, dairy, and vegetables, which they may not be as excited about eating.