Here’s how much you should be feeding your kids…
- Give them smaller portions of food on their plates to start with, and if they want more food, then give it to them.
- If they say they're hungry, offer them something nutritious like fruit and vegetables (for example, an apple or handful of grapes).
- Avoid having fatty and sugary snack foods freely available between and after meals.
- Don’t pressure them to eat all the food on their plate, allow them to stop when they say ‘I’ve had enough’.
- Use plates and cutlery that match their size.
- Look at the proportions of food you offer during the day, they should be roughly: 1/3 fruit and veg, 1/3 starchy foods like bread and potatoes, 1/3 dairy (milk, cheese and yogurt) and protein (meat and fish).
Young children love nothing more than praise (and rewards!) so a reward chart can be a great way to encourage them to try new healthy foods and keep active. It gives your child visual proof that you’re pleased with them and an incentive to work towards - and can also reassure you that they are making progress. Agree goals with all the family and decide a suitable weekly reward if they and you achieve the goals. Remember teamwork is best and a lot more fun!