Proper Preschooler and Toddler Portion Sizes

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Figuring out if you’re feeding your toddler portion sizes that are right for them is really difficult! They’re such small little people, but they’re active all day… Don’t worry. I’ve done the research for you! Read on to find our the correct toddler portion sizes and some examples of what you can feed your toddler or preschooler.

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What Your Child Needs

Every toddler or preschooler is different, so toddler portion sizes can vary a bit. If your kid is very active, big for his age, or an older preschooler, he’ll need to eat more. Feel free to offer more if your child is still obviously hungry! The purpose of this post and the worksheet is to help you make sure you’re not feeding your tot too much of just one or two food groups.

 

Focus on Daily Intake

You don’t need to have on serving of each food group at each meal if you don’t want to! We don’t usually do vegetables with breakfast, so I give them to my four-year-old Emma with lunch, snack, and dinner. Just make sure your kids are getting what they need over the full day, and save yourself some stress!

How Many Meals?

Some kids do better with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks. We do one snack because Emma seems to do fine with meals spaced that far apart, and it’s less food prep for me! It’s also when I eat, so we can eat together. But try both and see what works best for your family!

Figuring out if you’re feeding your toddler portion sizes that are right for them is really difficult! Read for examples of healthy meals and portions. | Fulfill & Thrive

Keep Offering!

It can be hard to get your kids to eat multiple servings of veggies if they’ll only eat green beans! Keep offering them new things to try. Let them see you eating and trying new things. For more about trying new foods, check out this post!

About Serving Sizes

The recommended amounts are what you should serve your child. You shouldn’t force your child to finish everything on his plate! Your job is to give the food, and he decides how much he wants to eat. Again, try the strategies in this post if your child is a picky eater. But it’s his job to decide how hungry he is at that mealtime.

Recommended Toddler Portion Sizes

Lighter or younger kids should eat the smaller amounts, while bigger or older kids should eat the larger toddler portion sizes given.

 4Grains1/2 – 1 slice of bread, 1/4 – 1/2 c cooked, 1/4 c crackers
 3Veggies1/4 – 1/2 c cooked or fresh
 3Fruit1/4 – 1/2 c
 4Meat1 ounce, 1 egg, or 1 TB peanut butter
 3Dairy1/2 c milk or yogurt, 2 oz cheese

Our Day

BreakfastGrain – Fruit – Meat – Dairy
LunchGrain – Veggies – Fruit – Meat – Dairy
Snack: 
Grain – Veggies – Dairy
DinnerGrain – Veggies – Fruit – Meat – Meat

Here are some examples of what Emma eats for each meal!

Breakfast
1 slice toast
TB peanut butter
1/2 c strawberries
1/2 c yogurt


1/2 c plain oatmeal
1 egg
1 orange
1/2 c milk

Lunch
1 slice bread
1 oz turkey
2 oz cheese
1/2 c baby carrots
1 apple


1/2 c pasta
1 meatball
1/2c steamed green beans
1/2 c milk
1 orange

Snack
1 tortilla
2 oz fiesta cheese
1/2 c peas


1/4 c crackers
1/2 c baby carrots
1/2 c milk

Dinner
1/2 c rice
1/2 c green beans
2 oz chicken
1/2 c strawberries


1/2 c pasta
1/2 c peas
2 meatballs
1/2 c fruit salad

What do your preschooler or toddler portion sizes and meals look like? Tell me in the comments!

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