Control your kid’s portions

If you have a preschooler, don’t go by the serving sizes listed onnutrition labels — they’re designed for adults.

If you have a preschooler, don’t go by the serving sizes listed on nutrition labels — they’re designed for adults. Three- and 4-year-olds have smaller tummies and can get overwhelmed by big portions. Start with these serving sizes, but let your child be your guide. A preschooler’s appetite can fluctuate daily, depending on activity level and growth spurts, but you don’t want to serve kids more than they’re really hungry for.

 

Portions

 

Bread

You: 1 slice

A preschooler: ½ slice



Cereal

You: 1 cup

A preschooler: ? cup



Pasta

You: ½ cup cooked

A preschooler: ¼ cup cooked



Cooked veggies

You: ½ cup

A preschooler: ¼ cup



Applesauce

You: ½ cup

A preschooler: ¼ cup



Low-fat milk

You: 1 cup

A preschooler: ½ cup



Cheese

You: 1½ ounces

A preschooler: ¾ ounce



Burger

You: 3-ounce patty

A preschooler: 1-ounce patty

 

 
 
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