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What are healthy child portion sizes at meals and snacks? There are many different ways to help preschoolers meet their MyPlate recommended daily servings. In general, preschooler portions are quite a …

What are healthy child portion sizes at meals and snacks? There are many different ways to help preschoolers meet their MyPlate recommended daily servings. In general, preschooler portions are quite a bit smaller than those for adults! You might be surprised to see the difference between child and adult portions. This presentation from Dr. Jennifer Fisher (Temple University) and Dr. Leann Birch (Penn State) provides examples of appropriate preschooler portions sizes for each food group. For more information including printable PDFs, additional articles, videos, and an interactive game for preschoolers, "Tummy Talk" visit the Families, Food and Fitness website at http://www.extension.org/66145/

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  • 1. Healthy Portions for Preschoolers in Each Food GroupA collaborative effort of: Contacts: Jennifer Orlet Fisher, PhD Temple University, jofisher@temple.edu Leann L. Birch, PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, llb15@psu.edu Sponsored by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant 2006-55215-05938 Photo Credits: Max Levine http://maxlevinephoto.com/
  • 2. MyPlate For PreschoolersWhat is a healthy portion? Having a healthy appetite is an important part of being a healthy eater. Preschoolers need to eat a variety of different types of foods daily:* • Fruits: 1 ½ cups • Vegetables: 1 ½ cups • Grains: 5 ounces • Dairy: 2 ½ cups • Protein: 4 ounces What is a healthy portion for meals and snacks? There are many different ways that preschoolers can meet these recommendations. The pictures in this guide show healthy preschooler portions for the food groups that preschoolers need every day. Offer these healthy portion sizes to help preschoolers consume the amount needed daily.**Based on a 1400 calorie needs of an active 3-5 year old. Visit www.choosemyplate.gov for more info.
  • 3. A Day’s Worth of Healthy Portions for PreschoolersA collaborative effort of: Contacts: Jennifer Orlet Fisher, PhD Temple University, jofisher@temple.edu Leann L. Birch, PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, llb15@psu.edu Sponsored by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant 2006-55215-05938 Photo Credits: Max Levine http://maxlevinephoto.com/
  • 4. MyPlate For PreschoolersA day’s worth of healthy portions Having a healthy appetite is an important part of being a healthy eater. Preschoolers need to eat a variety of different types of foods daily:* • Fruits: 1 ½ cups • Vegetables: 1 ½ cups • Grains: 5 ounces • Dairy: 2 ½ cups • Protein: 4 ounces How can these food groups fit together at meals and snacks? The pictures in this guide show a menu that provides healthy meal and snack portions for an entire day. Offer healthy portions like these to help preschoolers meet their daily needs.**Based on a 1400 calorie needs of an active 3-5 year old. Visit www.choosemyplate.gov for more info.
  • 5. More examples of Healthy Preschooler Meal and Snack portionsA collaborative effort of: Contacts: Jennifer Orlet Fisher, PhD Temple University, jofisher@temple.edu Leann L. Birch, PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, llb15@psu.edu Sponsored by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant 2006-55215-05938 Photo Credits: Max Levine http://maxlevinephoto.com/
  • 6. MyPlate For PreschoolersHealthy Meals and Snacks Having a healthy appetite is an important part of being a healthy eater. Preschoolers need to eat a variety of different types of foods daily:* • Fruits: 1 ½ cups • Vegetables: 1 ½ cups • Grains: 5 ounces • Dairy: 2 ½ cups • Protein: 4 ounces The pictures in this guide show how to create healthy meal and snack portions for preschoolers. Offer healthy portions like these to help preschoolers meet their daily needs from each food group.**Based on a 1400 calorie needs of an active 3-5 year old. Visit www.choosemyplate.gov for more info.
  • 7. Smaller Tummies Need Smaller PortionsA collaborative effort of: Contacts: Jennifer Orlet Fisher, PhD Temple University, jofisher@temple.edu Leann L. Birch, PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, llb15@psu.edu Sponsored by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant 2006-55215-05938 Photo Credits: Max Levine http://maxlevinephoto.com/
  • 8. Smaller Tummies need Smaller PortionsPreschooler Adult
  • 9. Technical Notes• The daily servings shown from each food group are based on the 1400 kcal needs of a moderately active 3- to 5-year-old child (www.ChooseMyPlate.gov). – Actual needs vary from child to child, based on weight, gender, age, and activity.• There are many different ways that preschoolers can meet the amount needed daily from each food group . This guide provides examples of portion sizes that can be used to help children consume the recommended daily amount from each food group (www.choosemyplate.gov) and generally follow the USDAs Child and Adult Care Food Program portion size guidelines for children 3 to 5 years of age (www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/care/ProgramBasics/Meals/Meal_Patterns.htm).• The “child” plates shown have 7 inchto Read the Legend How diameters and represent a common size of salad plates in dishware sets. The “adult” plates shown in the food group photos have 10 inch diameters and represent a common size of dinner plates in dishware sets. Each box indicates the amount of a Each row represents the total amount reasonable portion size for preschoolers need each day. preschoolers. Each shaded box represents how much is shown in the picture. A collaborative effort of: Contacts: Jennifer Orlet Fisher, PhD Temple University, jofisher@temple.edu Leann L. Birch, PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, llb15@psu.edu Sponsored by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant 2006-55215-05938 Photo Credits: Max Levine http://maxlevinephoto.com/