RECOMMENDED DAILY FOOD INTAKE CHARTS

 

You can use the charts given below to determine how much food is a suitable serving for a toddler, preschooler or school-age child. Keep in mind that different children have different metabolisms and different levels of activity. If you have any questions about feeding your child, talk to your pediatrician or health care professional.

 

Six servings from the Grain/cereal group each day. Each serving is:

Food Toddler Preschooler School Age Child
Bread/chapatti ¼ to ½ slice ½ slice 1 slice
Cooked Rice ¼ cup 1/3 cup ½ cup
Cooked Cereal ¼ cup 1/3 cup ½ cup
Ready-to-eat Cereal ½ cup ¾ cup 1 cup

 

Three or four servings of vegetables each day. Each serving is

 

Food Toddler Preschooler School Age Child
Cooked or Raw Vegetables 2 Tbsp ¼ cup ½ cup
Raw leafy vegetables ¼ cup ½ cup 1 cup

 

Three or four servings of vegetables each day. Each serving is

 

Food Toddler Preschooler School Age Child
Cooked or Raw Vegetables 2 Tbsp ¼ cup ½ cup
Raw leafy vegetables ¼ cup ½ cup 1 cup

 

Two or three servings of fruits each day. Each serving is:

 

Food Toddler Preschooler School Age Child
Fresh fruit 2 Tbsp ¼ cup 1 piece of fruit

 

Two or three servings from the milk group each day. Each serving is:

 

Food Toddler Preschooler School Age Child
Milk 1 cup 1 cup 1 cup
Cheese 1 ounce ½ oz 2 oz

 

Note: A two to three year old should drink the same amount of milk as a 4 to 6 year old.

 

Two or three servings from the protein group each day. Each serving is:

 

Food Toddler Preschooler School Age Child
Meat, Poultry Fish 1 oz 1 ½ oz 2 ½ to 3 oz
Eggs ½ egg 1 egg 1 egg
Cooked Dried Beans 2 Tbsp ¼ cup ½ cup

 

1 cup = 8 fl. oz or 240ml.

 

1 Tbsp (tablespoon) = 15ml = 1/2 oz.

 

Note:  To check your child’s eating pattern, pay attention to his or her food choices. Make sure no one food group is completely left out. If this happens for a few days, don’t worry. But a prolonged neglect is not healthy. Within each food group, offer variety and choice.

 

Fats, Oils and Sweets should be sparingly used after 2 years of age.