I've recently started weaning my youngest, Moo, and we've just emerged from a 'two bananas a day plus a lot of bread and not much else' phase. It made me realise that I ought to refresh my smudgy brain with how much fruit and veg she actually needs, and what a serving size is. I thought I’d share the love, as I can’t be the only one floundering in the dark.
A sort of happy catch-all guideline is that the size of your child’s closed fist denotes a portion. But you can’t be yanking your little one’s hand up onto the kitchen counter every time you prepare a meal or snack, so I’ve put together some examples. These should help you to shoehorn in the daily allowance without too much guesswork.
Find your child’s age range below, choose one item from each box (or combine a couple to provide the same amount), and there you go. Easy peasy.
Children aged 2-4: 3 tbsp of fruit and 3 tbsp of veggies
Children aged 4-8: 4 tbsp of fruit and 4 tbsp of veggies
Children aged 9-13: 6 tbsp of fruit and 8 tbsp of veggies (9 tbsp of veggies for boys)
Until next time...
Infruition Kids Brand Ambassador (and author of mousemoometoo.com)