This is How Much Food Your Toddler Should Actually Eat


It can be tricky to know if your toddler is hungry, or simply wants a treat, if he’s full, or simply likes the taste of the food so much that he doesn’t want to stop. For parents, it’s hard to know too exactly how MUCH food we should put on their plates.

Infant and Toddler Forum have put together a handy visual guideline to help all of us confused parents. Take a look below to see what young children really should be eating.

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Portion sizes for preschoolers

  • Cereals and breads: three to five portions per day
  • Fruit and veg: six to 10 portions per day
  • Milk, cheese and yogurt: three portions per day
  • Meat, fish, eggs, nuts: two to three portions per day
  • Biscuits, cakes and puddings: one portion per day
  • Juices, savoury snacks and confectionery: one portion per WEEK

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For more information on the importance of healthy eating, check out our post on five reasons your child needs a healthy diet. 

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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