What does a serve of food mean for a toddler?
Toddlers are notorious at being picky pants when it comes to food. One minute they’re wolfing down the spag bol you lovingly cooked, the next they’ve tipped the bowl upside down on their head and are eyeing the remains suspiciously. At this stage it’s sometimes hard to know exactly how much your tiny terror has actually eaten and indeed, how much they should be eating.
How much food do toddlers need?
You want to give your toddler a balanced diet but what does that really mean in small tummy terms? Have a look at this free printable below to see precisely what a serve of food means when it comes to kids aged one-to-three years. As they grow, so their energy (and therefore food) needs increase, which is why we’ve specified how many serves of fruit and veggies, protein and dairy these mini tornados of energy need to keep them healthy at ages one-to-two years and two-to-three years.
Print it out and stick it on your fridge door as a handy reference next time you’re ducking banana chunks from a toddler whose aim is a mite better than their eating habits …
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This article was written by Ruth Devine for Kidspot.com.au and has been adapted for Kidspot.co.nz