Get the scoop on what and how much your toddler should be eating with visuals of toddler serving sizes.
I’ve talked at length on this blog about what my toddler[s] eat every day. I’ve gone so far to tell you that they’d happily survive off dinosaur chicken nuggets or grilled cheese. While I’m comfortable eye-balling toddler serving sizes and the number of times I serve a food group during the day, I know many of you out there are not. Why? Because feeding kids is hard. It’s scary. And frustrating. BEYOND frustrating. And you, being the great parent that you are, want to make sure your little one is not only growing well, but grows a love and taste for healthy food.
So here’s a [visual] take on what and how much your toddler should be eating every day. But please, PLEASE, consider this information a rule of thumb for your toddler—- amounts vary on your toddler’s height and weight, personal food preferences, and yes, WHAT and HOW MUCH you can manage during the day. There’s a lot more to our days than just feeding kids. So make sure you cut yourself some slack.
Toddler Serving Sizes
Pictures and nutrition information adapted from HealthyChildren.org
Now how to put this into practice…. well, my first bite of advice is to remember this: toddler or not, we all have days where we don’t finish our veggies at dinner, or feel like drinking a glass of milk with breakfast. For me, the head chef of the house, I try and include 3-5 food groups at each meal, and 1 to 2 food groups for snacks [read more about toddler snacking here]. And if my toddlers decide to eat a few bites of each food group then I consider it a win.
If you want to see how I plate our toddler meals you can see many more visuals in this 50 free toddler meal ideas OR 50 no-recipe meal ideas for kids! You can also follow me on Instagram because I’m sharing at least one to two toddler plates each week [adapted from Mom and Dad’s plate!].
Again, this post is meant to be a benchmark for you to make sure you’re on the right track for exposing your toddlers to healthy foods— and maybe give yourself a push to add a new fruit or vegetable to your meal plan!