Sizes for Toddlers
Cheryl Tallman and Joan Ahlers
often wonder how much food should their little ones (1-2 years
old) be eating. Recent media coverage suggests over the past
20 years, restaurants and food companies have been increasing
their serving sizes. This trend is considered to be a contributing
factor in the rise in obesity (among adults and children).
all know that children should eat less than adults. After
all, they are smaller. The following are some serving size
guidelines for a 1-2 year old that may help you out.
Servings: 16-20 ounces of milk per day. Whole milk, soy or
rice milk are recommended. Other equivalents: 1/2 -3/4 ounce
of cheese = 4 ounces of milk. 1/4 cup of yogurt = 2 ounces
and veggies: Servings: 5 or more per day. Serving
size: 1-2 tablespoons - Pureed, mashed, or cubed.
Servings: 3-4 per day. Serving sizes: 1/2 slice of
bread, 1/4 cup of cooked cereal, 1/4 cup of dry cereal. 1/4
cup of pasta, 2-3 saltine crackers, or 1/2 tortilla.
Proteins (meat, fish, beans, eggs): Servings: 2 per
day. Serving sizes: 1/2 egg, 2-3 tablespoons beans (i.e. black,
pinto, edamame, etc...), 1 tablespoon peanut butter, or 1
ounce of fish, lean beef, pork or chicken.
the authors: Cheryl Tallman and Joan Ahlers are sisters,
the mothers of five children and founders of Fresh Baby, creators
or products such as homemade baby food kits, baby food cookbooks,
baby food and breast milk storage trays, breastfeeding reminders,
and child development diaries (www.FreshBaby.com).
Raised by parents who love fresh foods and entertaining, their
mom, a gourmet cook, ensured that they were well-equipped
with extraordinary skills in the kitchen. Both with long track
records of business success, they decided to combine their
skills in the kitchen with their knowledge of healthy foods
and children to create Fresh Baby. Cheryl and Joan put a modern
twist on the conventional wisdom that when you make it yourself,
you know it's better. Their goal at Fresh Baby is to make
the task of raising a healthy eater a little bit easier for
all parents. Visit them online at www.FreshBaby.com
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