Portion Sizes for 1-4 year olds

Use our portion size ranges to find out how much is too much.

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Tot It Up

Use our toddler food tracker to check that your 1-4 year olds are getting a good balance of foods and activity

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Guidance & Tips for Parents

Planning ahead

  • Make a list of meals and snacks and/or stock up on nutritious foods so that you can put together a meal in minutes
  • Save money by just buying the foods for nutritious meals and snacks in your menu plan
  • Involve your toddler in planning, shopping and preparing food
  • Include foods from each of the five food groups each day:
    – starchy foods at each meal and in some snacks
    – fruit and vegetables at all meals and in some snacks
    – milk, cheese and yogurt three times over the day
    – meat, fish, eggs, nuts or pulses two or three times each day (serve fish twice per week – one of which is oily fish)
    – only very small amounts of food high in fat and sugar.

Reducing food preparation time

  • Cook a double or triple quantity of food and freeze the extra so that it can later be thawed in the fridge and then heated for a second or third meal
  • Add leftover meat, fish or a tin of cooked lentils or beans to stir fried vegetables. They can be served with pasta, rice or noodles
  • Add some extra raw or lightly cooked vegetables to a convenience meal
  • Serve some fruit with yogurt, fromage frais, ice cream, a small cake or a biscuit to make a nutritious pudding.

Cold meals can be just as nutritious as hot cooked meals and can be prepared quickly and easily using simple ingredients from the five food groups.

Budgeting

  • Fresh seasonal fruit, vegetables,meat and fish are usually cheaper than those out of season
  • Frozen vegetables, fruit, meat and fish are often cheaper than fresh, especially when they are out of season
  • Buy small amounts of foods high in fat and sugar, not multipacks
  • Join the Healthy Start scheme if you are on a low income, and you will receive vouchers for fruit, vegetables and milk and coupons for free vitamin supplements: www.healthystart.nhs.uk.

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