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Portion Sizes Table Full
- Bread, cereals, potatoes & other starchy foods
- Fruit & vegetables
- Milk, cheese & yogurt
- Meat, fish, eggs, nuts & pulses
- Foods high in fat & sugar
- Foods from multiple food groups
Food Group 1: Bread, cereals, potatoes & other starchy foods
Offer a serving from within these portion size ranges at each meal and some snacks.
Foods marked with an asterisk * should be limited to mealtimes and no more than one snack per day because of their sugar content.
Food Group 2: Fruit and Vegetables
Offer at least 1 – 2 servings at each meal and also offer them with some snacks.
These are low energy, high nutrient foods – allow toddlers to eat larger portions if they wish to.
Foods marked with an asterisk * should be limited to mealtimes and no more than one snack per day because of their sugar content
/ raspberries / strawberries)
Food Group 3: Milk, cheese and yogurt
Offer a serving from within these portion size ranges about 3 times each day. An excess of these foods can reduce the appetite for iron-containing foods from the other food groups so limit serving sizes to those indicated.
Milk should be given in a cup, mug or glass – not a bottle. Semi skimmed milk can be used from two years of age and skimmed milk from five years of age for children who eat a wide variety of foods, but changing is not necessary.
Food Group 4: Meat, Fish, Eggs, Nuts and Pulses
Offer a serving from within these portion size ranges 2 – 3 times per day – twice for toddlers eating meat and fish and 3 times a day for vegetarians.
Food Group 5: Foods high in Fat and Sugar
Toddlers under two years of age have lower energy requirements and should not be offered sweet puddings, cakes, biscuits, confectionery, chocolate or savoury snacks such as crisps.
Biscuits, cakes and puddings
Include once a day.
Fats and oils
Include 2 servings per day
Sauces and sweet and savoury spreads
Include 1 serving per day
Confectionery, sweet drinks and savoury snacks
Limit these foods to occasional mealtimes – no more than one item once a week.
Portions with foods from more than one food group
The food groups included in each portion are shown in the third column of each table.