Correct Portions

Contributor: Gina Schwebke, Registered Dietitian, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin - Fox Valley

Correct Portions

On average, a toddler should eat around one-quarter of what an adult eats, and children between 4 and 8 should eat about one-third of the amount their parents would have. Even if portions are correct, the ratio of the different food groups is still important. According to the “plate method,” one-half of the plate should be vegetables, one-quarter should be starchy foods (such as corn, potatoes, or peas), and one-quarter should be lean protein. Fruit and low-fat dairy can also be added. If a child asks for more, encourage more fruits and vegetables.
For more information, visit the blog at: http://blog.chw.org/2011/05/help-get-your-portions-under-control/