Health Tip: Reduce Toddler Serving Sizes

Food amounts should be smaller for little ones

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(HealthDay News) -- When sizing a toddler's meal, keep in mind that serving sizes should be smaller for smaller tummies.

The American Dietetic Association mentions these serving size guidelines for toddlers aged 2 to 3:

  • Toddlers should eat about 3 ounces of grains per day. For example, this works out to about three slices of bread, or one slice of bread plus one-third cup cold cereal and one-forth cup cooked rice or pasta.
  • One cup of various vegetables per day meets their vegetable needs.
  • One cup of fruits per day will satisfy their fruit servings.
  • Toddlers should have about 2 cups of milk per day.
  • Toddlers should have about 2 ounces of meat or beans per day.
  • Limit oils to about 3 teaspoons per day.

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