Adults have a hard enough time learning portion control—so how do we know just how much our toddlers need on their plate? To avoid the all-too-common stockpiling of the plate, check out this simple breakdown.
According to a recent poll of 1000 parents, a whopping 79% of young ones between 1 and 4 years served more than the suggested portion size for their age, with at least 1 in 10 of us mums and dads plating up an identical amount of food to our own.
The poll was headed by the Infant & Toddler Forum (ITF), and its findings correlate with the rising tide of childhood obesity.
Obviously, a balanced diet, largely in favour of healthy options, is the key way to ensure the long-term health of your child, but portion control is important, too. If you consistently overfeed your kids, they’ll learn to override those ‘full’ signals and eat way past satiety. Head of Public Health England, Duncan Selbie, suggests giving children their food on smaller plates at meal times—a “small example of common sense”.
Moreover, it’s good to know how much of each specific food group should’ve taken up real estate on the kiddy plate. The ITF has helpfully broken down the groups into a handy infographic, useful for ages 1-4.
Of course, the taller and more active your toddler or preschooler, the larger his nutritional needs, so adjust accordingly, using the recommended portions as a guide to the average daily allowance.
Check out the portion infographic here.