Preschoolers are little people, so they do not need to be served large portions of food. But, they are also energetic and growing so they need enough fuel to do so. How much should a preschooler be eating to stay healthy? Today’s roundup of posts will help answer just that!
Food Portions For Your Preschooler
This is a fantastic visual guide of portion sizes. Protein, carbs, fruits, veggies, and more! This guide will allow you to serve your preschooler balanced meals while keeping portions reasonable.
This post has recommendations about not pushing too much food and allowing your child to listen to his and her hunger cues.
“Keeping a child aware of her hunger and fullness may go a long way to help prevent obesity.” ~Tanja Karl Ph.D
This post also has sample menus based on age group starting at ages 1-3.
This is a resource page that lists food groups, meals, and snacks, plus physical activity for preschoolers. There is a calorie chart that takes physical activity into account.
Children are able to decide how much food they need for activity and growth if allowed to eat according to their appetite.
How much kids should be eating needs to be spread out over several times a day. So how often do they need to eat?
Toddlers tend to eat every 2-3 hours (5-6 meals) while preschoolers may be able to go 3, maybe even 4 hours between meals. Sample meal plans, like those in the American Academy of Pediatrics Handbook, recommend 3 main meals and 2 in between meal snacks for the average toddler/preschooler.~Raise Healthy Eaters